Ripples began to form last year when then Republican Senate candidate Rand Paul of Kentucky spouted what some say were typical libertarian views but what to others sounded like criticisms of the fixed and firm Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Then there were House Republicans bickering back and forth forever over how much to cut from congressional budgets. Democrats learned quickly that all they needed to do was stay out of their way and allow Republican schisms to be viewed by the world.
In April, a Republican candidate for governor in West Virginia, Larry Faircloth, called President Obama a "Sambo" and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi a "bimbo." He proposed that Sylvester Stallone take the place of Vice President Joe Biden and that Obama start a campaign slogan, "Vote Sambo, Rambo and Bimbo." Faircloth apologized, but the damage was done.
And a more recent example came when Newt Gingrich criticized Rep. Paul Ryan's Medicare plan as "right-wing social engineering." Newt apologized, but the damage already was done.
There's a difference between "gotcha" politics and political friendly fire, but when Republicans are polarizing on issues from civil rights to health care reform, you can bet there's going to be a field day of Democrats ridiculing Republicans' disunity and dissolution.
We also can be assured of this: Republicans will never unify behind a presidential candidate as long as friendly fire and infighting create fractures and factions that characterize their party.
I don't know at this time which Republican candidate running for the presidential seat has the overall qualifications to successfully out-debate Obama, win the presidency and get our country back on the right track. I deeply respect his decision, but I was extremely disappointed when Mike Huckabee announced that he will not be making a presidential run in this election. When I was on the campaign trail with Mike, he was connecting with not only the Republican base but also many liberal-leaning people. Mike had a great mix of African-American and Hispanic followers at his rallies, as well.
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