Monday, March 18, 2013

Mitch Perry Report 3.18.13: GOP internal disputes continue

It's Paul vs. McCain for the soul of the Republican Party.

Posted By on Mon, Mar 18, 2013 at 7:40 AM

This weekend at CPAC in Washington D.C., in between the expected verbal blasts toward Barack Obama, Republicans found time to do some soul searching about the future of the GOP.

When they weren't taking shots at one another, that is. Rand Paul's comments that the "GOP of old has grown stale and moss-covered" was an attack on John McCain and Lindsey Graham, who had attacked Paul for his take on drone war policy — the focus of the Kentucky senator's nearly 13-hour filibuster earlier this month.

One of the immediate things that Republicans agreed upon in the wake of last November's election loss was to improve their relationship with Hispanics, which means getting behind comprehensive immigration reform. But on Saturday, commentator Ann Coulter said she wouldn't back anybody who supports "amnesty." I can't help but think she's not the only Republican who feels that way when it comes to giving undocumented immigrants a pathway to citizenship.

We watched a lot of CPAC action on Saturday so you didn't have to. Our recap is posted here.

As part of the GOP's soul-searching comes a big fat report to be released today by the Republican National Committee, including a plea by RNC Chair Reince Priebus that the party will no longer hold its conventions in late August. He also doesn't like debates — good luck with stopping those.

And on Friday, a local Republican — Hillsborough County Commissioner Mark Sharpe — expressed his own concerns about the GOP during his appearance at a Tampa Tiger Bay meeting.

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