Skip to comments.Some fear GOP could fracture (Bob Dole, RINOs attack "right-wing hard-core" Tea Partiers)
Posted on 07/07/2011 8:46:21 PM PDT by rabscuttle385
For years now there has been a clear power struggle within the Kansas Republican Party, but some major party figures say something about that tussle has changed.
The rift between conservatives and moderates, they maintain, is widening into a chasm that could have significant implications for the party and the state.
"I see Kansas Republicans being more divided than in years past," said Senate Majority Leader John Vratil of Leawood.
...conservative forces in the Capitol are stronger than ever.
But many aligned with that side of the party want more. They seek decisive legislative majorities that could push an aggressive conservative agenda.
And if getting there means working for the ouster of more moderate GOP senators, then so be it.
Vratil is one of three such targeted senators from Johnson County, and he is being frank about what is happening and what it could mean.
"This has a chance to destroy the Kansas Republican Party as an effective political entity," Vratil said. "Even Bob Dole would be considered a RINO by (their) standards. He has told me that."
One Johnson County-based conservative political group called Union of Patriots recently held what it called a RINO (Republican In Name Only) Retirement Dinner.
Vratil clearly believes the kind of internal divide evidenced by the RINO dinner - coupled with what he sees as a radical conservative agenda - could prove detrimental to the party.
But Sen. Owens of Overland Park, another of the so-called RINOs, also believes the rhetoric and tactics now being employed by some on the right will be damaging.
"If they continue in the right-wing hard-core Republican belief of things and display an angry and vicious approach to things, it will backfire on them," Owens said.
(Excerpt) Read more at kccommunitynews.com ...
remember when bob dope (r-kansas) did “bipartisanship” with the democrat socialists and spent the social security surplus?
Something must be making Dole concerned for his fellow RINO’s.
Could it be the upcoming 2012 elections?
Just wait until Sarah declares.
Bob “lets make a deal” Dole is the very definition of a RINO. He single handedly turned a possible victory by the Newt Gingrich led House, into a sure defeat during that times war over spending. If he would have hung with his stablemates, this country would be very different right now. Quite possibly we would have had a balanced budget amendment and term limits also. I give the the double “flying finger of fate” award, and a hearty TWEET QUACK.
If Republicans behave like Democrats, why do we need two parties?
Weird how you never hear the old DemocRATS whining about the Marxists and Communists taking over their party. Now there’s some “extremists”.
The Republican party needs more specific descriptions..
RR = Republican
RD = Republican/ democrat
RP = Republican phonies/shills/fakes/poseurs..
RS = Republican spineless
RC = republican clueless
Bob Dole IS a RINO.
Time for the "moderates" to form their own milquetoast third party and get the Hell out of the way.
If the budget deal includes tax hikes and promises to cut spending there will a third party.
all RINOS should go join either the democrap or communist party!
One, how old is Bob Dole? Like, 120?
Two, he can still talk?
I think the real split is between the “Tea Party” and the “Cocktail Party”.
The Tea Party does not need much definition. It’s the same one that has been all over the news since 2009 and the movement’s aims and agenda is pretty well known.
The Cocktail Party includes the RINO set, but should primarily be defined as those people who have shifted their allegiance from the people who voted them into office, to their “peers”, and by necessity the government which provides them with their status as members of the Georgetown cocktail party set.
The Cocktail Party set is insidious and beguiling. Fresh faces, full of virtue and determined to do right as defined by the people who voted them into office, arrive in Washington where the Cocktail Party elite immediately goes to work breaking down their idealism and corrupting them into malleable new members of the “elite”.
Old whores like Dole, McCain and others (and yes I use that offensive word intentionally) were co-opted by the Cocktail Party so long ago, they probably don’t even remember their idealistic youth.
He was the worst candidate ever run in 100 years. Like we need advice from him.
Yeah, but then he helped install his wife in the Senate right after, so he was still in the club.
How come leftists and moderates aren’t ever called “divisive”??
Pushing gay marriage and homo indoctrination of children is not controversial at all, is it?
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