GOP These Days Is Like The World Bank Protests
Norm Ornstein is a long-time (as in decades) friend.
He's also one of the foremost congressional experts/scholars/pundits in U.S. history. So when he writes to say that this CG&G post from last week about Republicans in Congress is "excellent," I want to tell the world about it.
More important is that Norm's note reminded me to link to his recent article in The Atlantic about how the only way to understand what's happening in the GOP these days in to realize that there are actually five Republican parties rather than one and the five don't get along.
Let me return the favor: Norm's piece is excellent and worth a few minutes of your time.
Here's my take: The GOP these days is much like what happens when there are protests at World Bank meetings. The demonstrations make it look like there's massive opposition to what the World Bank is doing because multiple factions and groups are meeting at the same place. The truth, however, is that the only thing the different groups agree on is protesting at the same place and time. Other than that they don't really have much in common.
As Norm's article shows, you can say the same thing about the GOP. The different factions may all be in the same place at the same time using the same Republican label, but they don't have much in common at all.