There Will Be No Republican Civil War

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Nov. 30 2010 9:20 AM

There Will Be No Republican Civil War

I boldly predict that Ken Burns will stay away from the GOP's internal debates, because there's not much up for debate, in this article up now .

After the election , Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., said "[Y]ou can't be a fiscal conservative and not a social conservative," a line he'd used at gatherings of religious activists. GOProud responded with an open letter co-signed by 14 Tea Party activists asking Republicans to "resist the urge to run down any social issue rabbit holes."

It was a shot across the bow—sort of. Today, Barron frets a little about the bad old GOP that "wasted time on Janet Jackson's nipple and Terri Schiavo." But neither he nor any other Tea Party activist is sounding the alarm about social conservative legislation that could split the re-fused conservative movement.

"I don't see the Republicans being dumb enough to chase social issues," says Andrew Ian Dodge, a Maine Tea Party leader who co-wrote the GOProud letter. "All we were trying to do was stiffen their backbones."

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