Best Political Cannibalism

GOP infighting

Staff Pick

If it's true that the friend of your enemy is your enemy, the enemy of your enemy is your friend and you should keep your friends close but your enemies closer, what do you do if you've beaten all of your enemies? Make some new ones out of your friends, of course. At least that seems to be the Idaho Republican Party's new strategy. Lacking any effective opposition from Idaho Democrats, Gem State GOP leaders turned on moderate members of their own party in the 2012 primary, funnelling loads of cash to hard-right challengers in races against incumbent lawmakers around the state. It didn't work, though, and when it got out that Republican bosses were trying to unseat fellow GOP'ers through a web of political action committees, all it accomplished was souring some grapes going into the 2013 legislative session--and, boy, was it a doozy. What's that old saying about hurting the ones you love?

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