Partisan Friendly Fire
Citing Chris Hayes‘ Nation essay on Democratic-leaning activist groups working to scuttle key progressive programs, Kevin Drum laments “the biggest threat to the Democratic agenda these days isn’t the Republican Party. It’s the Democratic Party.”
But, of course, the same could be said for the Republican Party. (Or, for that matter, the Libertarian Party.)
We’ve got the Club for Growth, Red State, and other conservative action organizations working to defeat not-fiscally-conservative-enough Republican incumbents in the primaries, not caring that they’re almost guaranteeing the victory of even-less-conservative Democrats. We’ve got conservative bloggers, pundits, and show hosts lambasting Republican leaders for making sensible choices and issuing such over-the-top attacks on Obama nominees that even moderately conservative Republicans are embarrassed and have to go on the defensive.
It’s the nature of Big Tent politics that there are as many casualties from shots fired inside the tent as from without.