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Rove Clashes with Maverick House Republicans

The Hill story:

Sources said that Dan Meyer, Bush's liaison to the House, confronted LaHood while White House political strategist Karl Rove rebuked Kirk. It is unclear if LaHood or Kirk were the originial sources for the stories, but LaHood was quoted in one of the articles.

Regardless, LaHood and Meyer got into a shouting match as emotions ran high and voices were raised yesterday morning in the White House while lawmakers were waiting to meet with first lady Laura Bush, according to two legislators who witnessed the exchange.

This is a small sample of the sort of thing we can expect to happen as the elections near. The end of the Bush administration will trigger a real battle for the soul of the Republican party. Those who have the power now won't give it up easily, but those who feel the party has been ill-served under Bush's leadership are just as anxious to seize the agenda for themselves.

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Politics are synonymous with disagreement...interparty clashes of ideals are not uncommon.

Paul Hamilton:

Very true, Heralder. The Dems had something similar after the political disasters against Reagan and Bush Sr's first election. The result was a move to the center and the Democratic Leadership Council's ascendancy which gave us Bill Clinton. And just like the Dems had drifted way too far left, I think the Pubs have moved too far right and would be well-served to heed the moderates in their ranks.



I think the day people stop arguing and debating in Washington, we're screwed.

Getting these guys out of Washington is going to be fun.

I've got a bag of feathers - anyone live near La Brea? If we sneak up behind them it'll be easy...

ryan a:

Getting these guys out of Washington is going to be fun.

I'm hoping that we are able to find a way to get past all of the hyper-political nonsense that has plagued our system for the last 6 years or so. It's insane, and I'm hoping that Democrats AND Republicans in 2008 are able to create some kind of constructive dialogue so we can deal with this mess that we're in.

Paul Hamilton:

Ryan, the only way that will happen is if the voters start to reject the attack ads. If you'd like some good news on that front, Baron Hill was the subject of absolutely POISONOUS ads by Mike Soddrell in the congressional elections here last year and Hill won anyway. Maybe it's just a Hoosier thing, but hearing the same vicious ad three times every half-hour just gets to you, and what was a close race widened as the campaign got uglier. Nothing would make me happier than to see that trend go nationwide.


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