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Jonathan Bernstein

There Is No Republican Civil War

The Domination of conservatives is complete.
Chris Christie or any other "moderate" would-be nominee will have to espouse mainstream conservative views. Photographer: Emile Wamsteker/Bloomberg
Chris Christie or any other "moderate" would-be nominee will have to espouse mainstream conservative views. Photographer: Emile Wamsteker/Bloomberg

Andy Kroll asks today why the Republican civil war doesn't appear to be hurting the party's chances in the midterm elections. He does a reasonable job of explaining why Democrats are in trouble in the Senate (and won't win the House), but he doesn't really explain how these difficulties are connected to internal Republican divisions.

There's a simple answer: There is no Republican civil war.