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The Republican conflict came to the fore last week during a closed-door luncheon for Senate Republicans, when Senator Susan Collins, of Maine, eyes blazing, stood up and complained about a series of attack ads that she was facing back home from a gun-rights group with deep ties to Senator Rand Paul, Republican of Kentucky.
Ms. Collins, who faces re-election next year, said the gun ads were an example of the kind of internal Republican warfare that has hindered the party in Senate races the last two elections. She supports the amendments and other components of the new gun regulations legislation, and she released a lengthy statement on Sunday explaining her thinking.
Her comments, according to several Republican aides, ignited a tense debate, similar to many the party has faced since its loss in the race for the White House last year. Senator Rob Portman, Republican of Ohio, stood to say he had been raising money for Ms. Collins’ re-election, only to watch her have to spend it to defend herself against the attack from the gun group, which has been directed at other members as well.
Ms. Collins warned her colleagues that if she loses a primary to a strong opponent with gun-rights credentials, it could well cost the party her seat.
Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, a freshman ally of Mr. Paul’s, jumped in to promise he had nothing to do with the group, according to officials briefed on the event. Then Mr. Paul, feeling attacked, stormed out. (A spokeswoman for Mr. Paul did not respond to repeated requests for comment.)
I have been talking a lot about the meltdown of the Alaska Republican party, but to be fair this is an epidemic that infects the party as a whole and will have huge consequences in the upcoming 2014 elections.
And let us not forget just WHO it was that demands credit for endorsing Rand Paul and Ted Cruz.
And it not exactly a coincidence that her candidate for the 2010 Senate seat in Alaska, Joe Miller, is also the guy who has now damn near gutted the party, and that her other Teabagger choices are now attempting to do the same to the national party.
After destroying everything that she touches is what being Sarah Palin is all about.
(H/T to Maddow Blog.)