ICYMI:Times News-Our View: Divided Republican Party Destroying Itself, Now in Idaho

Posted on 09/14/13 in Uncategorized, No Comments

The war for the national Republican Party’s soul has come to Idaho, and it threatens the career of eight-term U.S. Rep Mike Simpson.

The tea party right has been on the warpath since President Barack Obama’s 2008 election to the White House. The GOP, mired in an internal philosophical battle between Reagan-type neoconservatives and the angry and well-funded right wing, is slowly eating itself.

Simpson’s tea party-aligned challenger for Idaho’s 2nd Congressional District, attorney Bryan Smith, rolled out a commercial last week blasting Simpson’s lack of “conservative” credentials. Smith’s campaign ad incorrectly states that Simpson hasn’t joined “true conservatives,” such as Rep. Raul Labrador, who voted to defund the Affordable Care Act, widely known as Obamacare.

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