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Both Sides of the Same Coin

Jim Morin
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I’ve almost given up on predicting how the conflict between the “establishment GOP” and the Tea Party will play out, but a few things are clear. In particular, both sides seem to be hell bent on shooting themselves in the foot. It seems obvious that Eric Cantor’s worst enemy was himself, not some tea party candidate. By trying to be everything to everyone, Cantor was nobody to no one, and by seriously overreacting to an opponent who posed almost no threat to him, he gave him credibility.

Between that and the tea party’s quest to eliminate in the primary anyone actually, you know, generally electable, maybe the Republican party will completely blow their overwhelming statistical advantage of taking over the Senate this November.

But whatever happens, this will not end well. Too bad for us.