Politico today has another story in the formerly mainstream media's year-long series about division within the Republican Party. The theme throughout this journalistic endeavor is to interview Beltway GOPers about how divisive those candidates are who are supported by grassroots outsiders.
Today's story is yet another whinefest about South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint, who criticized party colleagues over their refusal to demote Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski because she is waging a write-in campaign after losing the GOP primary to Joe Miller. And in this year of uprooting "the way we've always done things around here," the establishment Republicans are upset that DeMint publicized aspects of the debate over Murkowski's fate in a fundraising letter.
Dutiful reporter Manu Raju first questioned Status Quo Republican Sen. Kit Bond of Missouri:
“I personally think it’s very counterproductive.”
The Associated Press yesterday focused on the Wisconsin Senate race between incumbent Democrat Russ Feingold (I thought his name was McCain Feingold?) and Republican challenger Ron Johnson, in which the three-termer declared himself the underdog. The article addresses Johnson's wealth, his willingness to spend on his campaign, and his message, which seems to have helped him attain a tie in polls.
But reporters Scott Bauer and Dinesh Ramde say there have been missteps! For example:
Johnson's campaign has stumbled on occasion. He drew scorn last month when he said he "absolutely (does) not believe" in the science of man-caused climate change.
"It's far more likely that it's just sunspot activity or just something in the geologic eons of time," he said.
Oh my! Can he possibly overcome such a blunder?
Okay, so they're just actors. Two years ago these elderly gents were featured in a popular ad that helped Democrat Kay Hagan of North Carolina defeat Sen. Elizabeth Dole:
Now they're back, this time in support of Republican Richard Burr, who is challenged by N.C. Secretary of State Elaine Marshall: