From UpTake --"What many political pundits have long suspected has become blatantly obvious. The right-wing Tea Party, and its focus on eliminating government, and including Christian doctrine in Washington, is hurting the greater Republican Party's chances of appealing to swing voters and winning back the Senate and the House of Representatives in November's midterm elections.
A growing rift within the Republican Party — between Tea Party extremists, and moderates who are driven more by fiscal policies than by bedroom politics — is playing out all over the country, and especially here in Minnesota, where we have a three-way race for the governor's mansion, between Democratic Farm Labor candidate Mark Dayton, Republican Tom Emmer and Independence Party hopeful Tom Horner.
Former Republican (Minnesota) Governor Arne Carlson, a popular governor during his tenure in office from 1991-1999, feels that his moderate wing has been forced out of the Grand Old Party. Last week (he) endor(ed) the Independent candidate for governor (rather than the Republican nominee.)
In Michigan, former Governor Bill Milliken — himself a popular and moderate Republican during his time in office — also laments the direction in which his party has gone.
Last week, political household names from Bill Clinton to Karl Rove weighed in on the growing rift within the Republican Party. Clinton said: "It used to be that Republicans were evidence-based, not dogma-based. They have thrown all that overboard. This is about dogma and big special interest under the guise of the Tea Party." Rove told Fox News about (Christine) O'Donnell's victory (in the Delaware Senate primary): "I'm for the Republican, but I've got to tell you, we were looking at eight to nine seats in the Senate. We're now looking at seven to eight. In my opinion, this is not a race we're going to be able to win." (Days later Rove retracted his criticism, perhaps out of fear of criticizing the Tea Party base.).
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