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January 06, 2013

Divided GOP Faces Big Battles Ahead

"The Republican Party seems as divided and angry as ever," the AP reports.

New York Times: "From Mitt Romney's loss on Election Day through the recent tax fight that shattered party discipline in the House of Representatives, Republicans have seen the foundations of their political strategy called into question, stirring a newly urgent debate about how to reshape and redefine their party."

"At issue immediately is whether that can be achieved through a shift in tactics and tone, or will instead require a deeper rethinking of the party's longtime positions on bedrock issues like guns and immigration... The coming legislative battles are certain to expose even more division in the party. And with establishment Republicans and Tea Party activists at times speaking as if they are from different parties altogether, concern is spreading throughout the ranks that things could get worse before they get better."

The Los Angeles Times says the recent budget battles have exposed a divide between the GOP's solid Southern base and the rest of the country.


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