Campaign 2010

Jun 16, 2004

Team DeLay Goes After Team McCain

Little did we know how on point we were when we began discussing the rift, nay chasm in the GOP ranks as Team McCain vs. Team DeLay (the rift really first blew up here).

For a quick update:

“26 former senior diplomats and military officials, several appointed to key positions by Republican Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush”  have joined Team McCain.

Team McCain is busy this morning promoting a bipartisan effort to push drug reimportation against the wishes of Team DeLay and the administration.

And perhaps most intriguingly, Team DeLay has announced that they are on a mission to exterminate Team McCain:

Dismayed at what they see as a lack of strong conservative principles on the other side of the Capitol, a group of House lawmakers is laying plans to elect more conservative Republicans to the Senate.

More than 20 House conservatives met recently at the Hunan Dynasty on Capitol Hill to discuss how to put some conservative backbone into the Senate, among other political and legislative priorities. Many of them believe that Republican centrists in the Senate are as much to blame as Democrats for their policy frustrations.

For example, centrist GOP Sens. Olympia Snowe (Maine), Susan Collins (Maine), Lincoln Chafee (R.I.) and John McCain (Ariz.) have infuriated many of the House conservatives by insisting that budgetary limits be applied to tax cuts, stalling progress on a joint budget resolution.

As a result of that and other factors, House conservatives have decided to start giving more financial help to fellow conservatives locked in contentious Republican primaries.

Spend away fighting eachother, folks, we’ll be waiting for you.


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