May 13th, 2009
05:00 PM ET

Damaging for Republicans to keep criticizing each other publicly?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Add Mike Huckabee to the growing list of Republicans publicly taking one another down as they fight for the soul of the party. The former Arkansas governor and presidential candidate is blasting some GOP leaders.

Huckabee writes on Fox News' web site:

Former Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee.

"It's hard to keep from laughing out loud when people living in the bubble of the Beltway suddenly wake up one day and think they ought to have a listening tour; even funnier when their first earful expedition takes them all the way to the suburbs of Washington, D.C."

Huckabee is referring to the National Council for a New America, formed by folks like Jeb Bush, Mitt Romney, and John McCain. Their first meeting was held at a Northern Virginia restaurant.

Huckabee also suggests the party is at risk of becoming as "irrelevant as the Whigs" if it moderates its policies. That sounds a lot like what Dick Cheney and Rush Limbaugh have been saying. These right-wingers are not helping the Republican Party to portray itself as more moderate and inclusive.

Huckabee's a lot more likable than Limbaugh or Cheney, but the message is just as shrill; and at the end of the day... it seems like Republicans are self-destructing without any help from the Democrats.

Meanwhile speaking of the former vice president, his daughter is picking up right where he left off. Liz Cheney suggests President Obama appears to be siding with terrorists for agreeing to release photos showing alleged abuse at U.S. prisons in Iraq and Afghanistan during the Bush administration.

President Obama has now ordered government lawyers to object to the release of these photos because he says it could endanger our troops.

Here’s my question to you: How damaging is it for the Republicans to continue to criticize each other publicly?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Bob from Indiana writes:
I view it as amusing and it confirms that the Republicans have no direction or leadership. A three party system may very well emerge from the fall of the GOP.

Bizz from Quarryville, PA writes:
I remember a line from "The Godfather" that every now and then you have to have a war to get rid of the bad blood. I think this is what is happening now in the Republican Party. But, if the end result is Rush Limbaugh, Newt Gingrich and the rest of the bad blood still pumping through the party's veins, then their party is doomed.

Stefan writes:
Very damaging. You would think after their tough defeat last November that they'd come together. I guess they haven't learned their lesson. They have no clear leader because everyone wants to be that person. If this continues, we can expect the Democrats to maintain power in 2010 and Obama to get re-elected in 1012.

Missy writes:
I actually don't think it's damaging at all. It's time for the Republicans to weed out their weakest links. It would be a lot worse to pretend there were no problems in the party.

Chuck from Toledo, Ohio writes:
Republicans can continue to argue, yell and scream at each other. They can send out all the high-profile Republicans they want to "listen" to people and gather ideas. But they won't get anywhere until they retrieve their soul from the religious kooks they sold it to many years ago.

Carl writes:
Jack, My party always wants to tout Reagan. Well rule number 1 they forgot was, "Thou shall not speak ill of another Republican." I mean, really, how bad is it if we make the Democrats look well-organized?

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soundoff (300 Responses)
  1. Scott-San Diego

    We need a strong, charismatic leader who can get the message out. As a Republican, I am tired of the same old message. The Republican ideas are the best for the country, but you would never know that, based on our candidates of choice this last election. Time to update not only the candidate, but the basic beliefs and get back on track.

    May 13, 2009 at 12:53 pm |
  2. Doc 2370

    If the Cheney family is any indication of where the Republican Party is going, that group is going to be as dead as the Dodo bird. Oddly enough, George W is the only one with enough sense to keep his mouth shut. Guys, you lost the election. Get over it and actually do something positive to begin to regain respect from the American people. My response?? It ain't working.

    May 13, 2009 at 12:57 pm |
  3. Greg in Cabot Arkansas

    I don't think their public infighting is damaging their image that much.

    Remember the old saying about beating a dead horse? No matter how much you beat it, it is still dead, to continue the beating only makes it LOOK worse.

    The Republicans’ creditability is already D.O.A. as demonstrated by their recent approval rating and playing the blame game tells me they are more interested in their own legacy than they are in fixing America’s problems.

    May 13, 2009 at 1:05 pm |
  4. Doug from Indiana

    The republicans are still fixated on the idea that everything Obama is trying to do is dangerous for America. The fact is, Obama is trying to make the government, and by extension the military, accountable to the American people. Part of this is to reveal just what the government is up to. If our military is abusing prisoners, then we should know about it and rally together to fix it.

    Revealing these photos will not make the terrorists any more pissed and resentful than they are now. If they want us all dead, these photos will neither reduce or enhance that stance.

    Republicans think everyone in uniform is a hero. We have photographic evidence that refutes that fantasy.

    May 13, 2009 at 1:05 pm |
  5. Dave, Brooklyn, NY

    How much damage can you do to a dead horse?

    May 13, 2009 at 1:09 pm |
  6. Pioneer

    It certainly isn't damaging the Democrats.
    Keep up the good work all of you pig headed Republicans out there.
    The end of the conservative movement is upon us.

    May 13, 2009 at 1:10 pm |
  7. mack from michigan

    There's no such thing as "bad" publicity Jack and The republican party and republican issues have been able to shoulder there way into the public consciousness and mainstream media ever since the infighting began. I believe this public brouhaha is a deliberate, desperate attempt by the republicans to regain relevency, and a legitimate way to check the pulse of the voters to find the right issues and direction for success in the 2010 congressional elections.

    May 13, 2009 at 1:10 pm |
  8. Ken in Mt

    why is it dammaging to call it as you see it? I't's time that the right wing finally got honest about something. Having lied about almost everything for the last several decades it's nice to finally have someone on the right express an honest opinion

    Huckabee says they are acting like a bunch of phonies ... well when did he get his first hint? Many of us have known that for years.

    May 13, 2009 at 1:11 pm |
  9. David of Alexandria VA

    It sure doesn't help in the near term. This is a time when the Democrats have the ball and there is no one playing defense. And balance is key to our national success.

    I like to think that the GOP is going through a soul-searching process which is essential for creating a healthy opposition party. But, as long as the likes of Limbaugh are out in front, the Dems and the press will push the GOP into a close-minded corner defined by no-win issues like abortion.

    The GOP represents a vital foil to the concept of big government. As more people drink the Kool Aid of the Obama economics plan and all it's tentacles into our lives, we will inevitably find ourselves in some sort of socialist state. The GOP is the only group which can prevent this. They need to get past the bickering and get on with protecting a balanced national perspective.

    May 13, 2009 at 1:12 pm |
  10. John in Virginia

    Like you care, Jack. You really, really care, huh?

    May 13, 2009 at 1:14 pm |
  11. Tina Tx

    I just love the bickering amongst the so called Grand Old Party. They were acting like Kings of the Kingdom for eight long years and now their true colors have come out and they don't know who to listen too nor which way to turn to get back their sparkle. I really don't care if they continue to implode but we need two parties and them acting like school bullies does not help anyone. Shut up, get new fresh faces, evict the old thinking, wore out old fossils and work with the Democrats. If not get out the R.I.P. stones for the Republican Party. You are your worst enemy now and you will have no one but yourselves to blame.

    May 13, 2009 at 1:14 pm |
  12. Kevin in Dallas, TX

    Criticizing each other publicly is the best thing they can do right now. They need a new direction, one supported by the people. By publicly criticizing each other, they can determine which way to go by which party member gathers the most support. Sort of like a primary election.

    May 13, 2009 at 1:15 pm |
  13. Jerry; Alpharetta, GA

    I think the battles are great. There is a tremendous need for the Republican Party to get its act together. That will not happen unless someone, a true leader, can step forward and resolve the differences and define the MIssion Statement for the party. The Mission statement must be based in the reality of the issues America is facing now and not a reflection of the past. Republicans are acting as though they are in a car where "R" is for Republican and "D" is for Democrat. We know what direction the "R" gear is heading. It is time to shift gears!

    May 13, 2009 at 1:16 pm |
  14. Paul Pettipas

    Airing your dirty laundry in public for all to see is always extremely damaging. They exude no stability for anyone to join their ranks. Their actions and words are polarizing and do not help those Republicans genuinely interesting in reshaping the party. In my opinion, bickering amongst themselves and refusing to adapt to a changing society will only turn them into a fringe party. The Democrats never had it so easy.

    May 13, 2009 at 1:17 pm |
  15. Gail, Plano Texas

    Ms. Cheney is truly her father's daughter. Obnoxious, and a liar. Whatever happened to respect for the office if the President and for President Obama? The Republicans are digging their own graves. They are so angry that they lost the election that it's kind of like the dog biting its' own tail.

    May 13, 2009 at 1:18 pm |
  16. Rob of Brooklyn

    personally I love it. Shows you how dumb and insecure the GOP is. I love it when they eat their own . The only way they can fix that party is to run like hell from Rush and the religious right .. both a bad sign

    May 13, 2009 at 1:20 pm |
  17. Keith - Ohio

    Jack, These guys are all lawyers, turned politicians.... That's what they do best... Point fingers, and argue some irrelevant stuff.

    Maybe they all need to go back and read their creeds... and the Constitution, while they're at it.

    May 13, 2009 at 1:20 pm |
  18. Beau Winiger

    If the Republicans continue to criticize each other and divide, rather than solidify those that still identify as Republicans, then they will indeed become obsolete. Even though I am a liberal I would hate to see the death of the conservative party. This country cannot survive politically without at least two strong dissenting voices in the political system. The Republicans can also not grow their base without focusing on the issues that many Americans still agree with, namely financial conservatism, rather than social conservatism.

    Lafayette, CO

    May 13, 2009 at 1:21 pm |
  19. erico miami beach

    I do not think it is damaging for the Republicans. Their criticism is adding fuel to the fire that will ultimately eliminate the weaker or most controversial ones. We (GOP) need to put a fresh new face out on the political horizon.

    May 13, 2009 at 1:23 pm |
  20. Lisa in Shelton, CT

    Terrible if the comments are riddled with lies; but if the ridicule is deserved, American's should not be left out of the loop. I'm sick of the liars who denied we'd torture, then after proven that we did torture, say, "well we did but it was a good thing" or those who say they did not know and now folks are saying, yes they did. Should Lyndie England be the only one accountable for prisoner abuse? Do we not remember Nazi Germany? This old quote says it all: The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.

    May 13, 2009 at 1:26 pm |
  21. Jenna

    How damaging is it for the Republicans to continue to criticize each other publicly?

    On the Stephanie Miller Show they do a skit called "Republicans Eating Their Own" and with the Republicans falling all over themselves right now, she'll have lots of examples for her routine.

    Let them criticize each other.. I think the only ones they are hurting are themselves and opens more opportunities for Democrats.


    Roseville CA

    May 13, 2009 at 1:28 pm |
  22. Terry from North Carolina

    Are there still republicans out there ? The democrats went through the same thing when the republicans were on top this is a cycle and it will change when Barack Obamas approval rating goes down the toilet, he cannot continue to walk on water forever.

    May 13, 2009 at 1:29 pm |
  23. AndyZ Lynn, MA

    It's in no way damaging. In fact I hope they continue to air their dirty laundry in publiuc. As a devoted Democrat I believe it's so nice watching the Republicans go at each other for a change.

    May 13, 2009 at 1:29 pm |
  24. LM from Fayetteville, NC

    It is very hard to watch TV these days. The media has allowed Cheney to occupy the air. You can channel surf any day of the week and most any time during a 24 hour period and everyone has chosen to talk about Cheney. Doesn't anyone remember that we voted for change and now we can't escape him unless we turn off the TV. I am sick and tired of Republicans. Why don't all of you other networks let FOX remain the Republican Network and you guys all give us the news. Views we can stand but we sure would like to have the news and Cheney is NOT news.

    May 13, 2009 at 1:31 pm |
  25. Eileen from Montana

    Of COURSE it is damaging! However, this is exactly what the Republican party needs to force a meaningful metamorphosis where the party is more representative of the American people it claims to act for.

    May 13, 2009 at 1:35 pm |
  26. Markel, Houston, TX

    The Republican Party seems determined to self-destruct. The religious right has taken control and is alienating the conservative base by their inflammatory rhetoric. Anyone who disagrees with the religious right is being labeled "ignorant", "unpatriotic", or "a liberal".

    There seems to be no room for discussing ideals or negotiating about how the GOP plans to provide leadership for ALL Americans. The GOP religious right base does not represent the views of the majority of American voters. Unless they propose some ideas that appeal to the majority, they are doomed to become a third rate group of vocal nit-wits.

    May 13, 2009 at 1:37 pm |
  27. David in San Diego

    The Republican'ts are already damaged beyond repair by a decade of self-inflicted wounds. As younger folks replace oldsters and the country's demographics shift away from Euro-American dominance, the current crop of GOPhers need to head back underground if their brand has any hope of rejuvenation by a more contemporary political philosophy. Palin and Jindal are old wine in new flasks. California sets the pace, here as in other areas, and the CAQhardliner Republicans shown the party how to be irrelevant except for stopping any real solutions to problems.

    May 13, 2009 at 1:41 pm |

    I guess I think it is healthy and good for the party and the country. As long as the major media covers only what it wants to cover and only ask questions that futher its own agenda. The American people are smart enough to see a sham when it is one and ultimately the truth will prevail.

    May 13, 2009 at 1:43 pm |
  29. Pablo in Tejas

    I reckon not. Airing out the GOP cupboard is a necessary exercise. It is the only sure way to kill the slime and mold infecting this once great party and allow it to regain its soul. Whether or not they manage to save their party makes no never mind to me.
    For me it's "TAMMANY HALL OR NO HALL A' TAL!"

    Arlington Texas

    May 13, 2009 at 1:45 pm |
  30. Robert from Atlanta

    YES thank God!!!!!
    I hope they eat each other alive.
    just like they did to us for 8 years
    oh yea save Chaney for last and serve him on the cold platter he handed us when asked about the American people and he said SO!!!

    We have change now.

    May 13, 2009 at 1:45 pm |
  31. Tom, Avon, Me, The Heart of Democracy

    It is very damaging to see Republicans jockeying for the next election. Instead they should be following Senator Snowe's lead and tending to the people's business in this time of crisis that many of them created.

    May 13, 2009 at 1:47 pm |
  32. Susan Frost

    Damn sure is! How can we encourage them to keep it up?

    Tuscaloosa, AL

    May 13, 2009 at 1:48 pm |
  33. Tom in Desoto, Tx

    It is kind of fun to see the regressive party fighting amongst themselves and trying to distance themselves from the Bush administration and blaming everyone but the real culprits, themselves. A difficult task since may where there for all 8 years. I though I heard a republican say "I can see Virginia from the steps" Huckabee is funny with his one-liners, just like Henny Youngman, sadly none of this is a joke.

    May 13, 2009 at 1:50 pm |
  34. Steve C

    Republicans don't underetand the idea of teamwork. When team members publicly bash each other, the always lose.

    Irvine, CA

    May 13, 2009 at 2:14 pm |
  35. Justin

    Keep diggin', boys. You're bound to get yourself out of this hole eventually.

    May 13, 2009 at 2:17 pm |
  36. Rich

    It is called the Blame game Jack.... I have seen 'experts' blame the President, the Congress, Democrats, Republicans, Socialists, the free enterprise system, bankers, consumers, economists, regulators, deregulators, 'rich people' and even other competing 'experts.'
    Strangely enough, I have seen very few people pointing the finger of responsibility at themselves!

    It would be so refreshing to hear at least one person say, "One of the main reasons that our country is in trouble, is because people like me screwed up. I was really wrong on this one."

    May 13, 2009 at 2:18 pm |
  37. Ralph in Orange Park, FL

    Apparently, Jeb Bush, Mitt Romney and John McCain are not "real Republicans", the latter preferring to drink Rush Limbaugh kool-aid, wax nostalgic for Ronald Reagan, complain about Democrats and chant their mantra of "tax cuts for the rich".

    May 13, 2009 at 2:19 pm |
  38. dan in Tucson AZ

    That's all they have left. Finger pointing each other. Because no one listens when they finger point to the democrats anymore. The old saying is 'Bad attention is still attention, isn't it'

    May 13, 2009 at 2:20 pm |
  39. M from NY

    I hope the Republican't infighting does not stop. It's like watching a different train wreck every day.

    May 13, 2009 at 2:21 pm |
  40. Steve of Hohenwald TN.

    Very damaging. More rope please!

    May 13, 2009 at 2:22 pm |
  41. Paul from Parry Sound, Ontario

    It is wonderfully damaging.

    May 13, 2009 at 2:24 pm |
  42. Benny in Waukesha WI

    An open debate is part of a living democracy and good for the American people. Would it be better for the GOP if Dick Cheney and Rush Limbaugh were quiet? Short term, yes – absolutely. Long term, no. As they are blowing all their fanatic extremist hot air more and more people are recognizing that that’s something different from the conservative, center right, moderate views of Reagan and a lot of American people. By doing this in the open the right wing religious flank will attract a small portion of the right wing, not the conservative base, but also self destruct. From the ashes will rise a progressive rejuvenated center right party who ones again can move the country forward as a trusted and law abiding leader of the free world. This will take some time but hey, we now have a good leader moving us on the right track – we are good for 7+ years.

    May 13, 2009 at 2:26 pm |
  43. Larry, Ohio

    Jack,it is a shame what the GOP has become,a bunch of bickering talking heads with no new tax ideas,no new ideas how to improve the economy,no big new ideas on foreign affairs,I read somewhere that the RNC is having a meeting to decide to rebrand the Democrat Party as theDemocrat-Socialst Party,although this is most likely true to a point,what help is it to the American population,absolutely none!!I am ashamed that I ever called my a Republican!!!

    May 13, 2009 at 2:29 pm |
  44. Lama, Boston

    It is a rare sight to see one party so united and moving in near-perfect cohesion and another so divided and self-destructive. I'm just waiting for the implosion that will end the madness.

    May 13, 2009 at 2:31 pm |

    I don't know how damaging it is. Kind of like poking another hole in the Titanic. They are funny, though, as well as annoying.It seems like the party is desperate to find someone to lead them into the twentieth century.

    May 13, 2009 at 2:31 pm |
  46. Christine from Edmeston, New York

    How damaging is it to a rusty old bucket if you put your foot through it? Maybe it's just time to get a new bucket.

    May 13, 2009 at 2:32 pm |
  47. winston griffith

    the republicans , ae a damage not only to them but to the us

    May 13, 2009 at 2:32 pm |
  48. Jon-Paul

    Its a Republican Civil War! Everyone is scrambling to be the next person the Republican Party can rally around. The Republican Party needs to find a new direction. This bashing is a positive. When it is all over the less desirable characters will be purged from the party. I suggest moving back to the Republican Party of the 1950's and 1960's. Those were the good Republicans. (Really just a Pre-Regan Republican Party)

    May 13, 2009 at 2:33 pm |
  49. Mike Murphy North Port, Florida

    The Democrats self destructed in the 80's. They rebounded as will Republicans.

    The real question is when are we going to have a real third party. America needs a third party now. The two parties we have are failures.

    May 13, 2009 at 2:34 pm |
  50. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    Jack, the Republicans are just acting like the Democrats have ALWAYS acted. There just happens to be a rare moment of unity in the Democratic Party. It will be short-lived, and they will get back to their self-destructive ways. Similarly, after the loss in Nov. there needs to be a shakeout. By the 2010 elections, the Republicans will be back to normal.

    May 13, 2009 at 2:35 pm |
  51. winston griffith

    the republicans , are a damage not only to themselves but also
    to the u.s

    hedelberg, germany

    May 13, 2009 at 2:36 pm |
  52. Harold from Anchorage,AK

    Politicians are like Rugby players: they eat their dead.

    May 13, 2009 at 2:37 pm |

    I hope very damaging. They are the meanest, most hypocritical, snobbish, jerks that I have ever seen. They deserve never to get in office again. They lie, steal, cheat, commit fraud and get away with it. Can you believe how they are acting? Worse than a bunch of crying baby's.

    May 13, 2009 at 2:37 pm |
  54. Lisa in Ga.

    JACK, no its not damaging for them to keep critizing each other, thats the only way they can stay in the spotlight..... now that their pary is IRRELEVANT!

    May 13, 2009 at 2:37 pm |
  55. gerry In Toronto

    Actually, watching the GOP self destruct is like watching soap operas from years ago. Only difference is the soap operas were real.

    May 13, 2009 at 2:39 pm |
  56. John W. Hall, Fredericksburg Virginia


    Watching the Republicans self destruct is interesting but, watching Ex Vice President Dick Cheney trying to bully the country into accepting “water-boarding” and other “enhanced interrogation techniques” as proper methods of eliciting information from terrorist suspects is truly amazing to me. He claims the Bush policies which authorized these techniques have “potentially saved hundreds of thousands of lives”. In fact, he endangered this country and millions upon millions of US and Allied lives by launching us into an unjust war which in turn has defiantly caused the deaths of thousands of Americans and tens of thousands of Iraqis. Now his daughter has entered the fight on the side of her father (Ok – Cheney and the Republicans one, Obama seventy million), isn’t that helpful to the Republican Party. While Cheney (Dick and Liz) bullies the country and Limbaugh, Steele, Huckabee, and others talk unendingly over each other about how wrong everyone else is, President Obama is actually leading this country out of the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression while at the same time going after the Taliban in the country they are actually hiding in. How damaging is all of this to the Republicans, my answer is who cares! They ruined this country for eight long years so, they need to be damaged a little and I can think of no one more qualified to do this dirty deed than themselves.

    May 13, 2009 at 2:39 pm |
  57. Ray Lawson from Danville, VA

    Why do you democrats worry so much about what the Republicans are doing? If they are destroying themselves you should just sit back and enjoy it. Yet it seems to have all of you very worried. I think you have enough to worry about when you look at what the democrats in Washington are doing to our country. I hope everyone is worried about that. I know I am.

    May 13, 2009 at 2:41 pm |
  58. Scott in Canada

    Don't you love how Obama basically grabbed Liz Cheney's foot and shoved it in her mouth just like he did with Gingrich last month?

    Republicans seem to be going from the Party of No to the Party of No One but Me. It's bad enough that they're seen as little more than obstructionists in the Senate but to be seen as obstructionists to their own party doesn't help them. When Democrats are in the news these days, it's because they're doing something and when Republicans are in the news these days, it's because they're telling someone not to do something – whether that someone be Obama, Pelosi, Reid, Democrats, Specter, Moderates, Extremists, or any of a dozen specific Republicans ranging from the McCains and Powell to Cheney and Limbaugh. It doesn't help that over half of those talking are discredited or disliked by a major voting group or another

    May 13, 2009 at 2:42 pm |
  59. Sandra Pittsburgh, PA.

    It is very damaging to the GOP. The more they continue to throw each other under the bus, the more clearly it shows their irrelevance today and in the future. People are in need of decent payiing jobs, help with keeping their homes, affordable health care, etc,. etc., and you have the likes of Dick and Liz Cheney throwing brickbats at Colin Powell and President Obama because saving face is all that matters to them, they can't see the forest for their egos. Never mind that the country is on the down side of the seesaw. Personally, I am glad about all the in-fighting. It will serve the opposition well for many years to come. Sarah Palin's forthcoming book (pigs must be flying everywhere) should just about finish this party off and that cannot happen soon enough.

    May 13, 2009 at 2:43 pm |
  60. Al, Lawrence KS

    I don't know if it's damaging...but it sure is entertaining. It's hilarious to watch people who seem to have no soul, trying to become the soul of the party. Good luck with that.

    May 13, 2009 at 2:45 pm |
  61. Gina


    Please don't bring it to there attention. They obviously have no clue the damage they are doing to there party because they can't stop doing it. As long as they continue to criticize each other we can all rest assure that we will never have to put up with another Republican White House.



    May 13, 2009 at 2:47 pm |
  62. Will from San Jose

    The separation between church and state was there for a reason. Karl Rove used the religious wing of the party to get Bush into office. But that door swings both ways. Now they want control of the party.

    A religious political party is inherently exclusive as it equates political views to religious ones. Political disagreement within the party becomes blasphemy and must be purged.

    It's not the criticism among Republicans that is damaging the Party, it's the xenophobic policies of the Religious Right.

    May 13, 2009 at 2:48 pm |
  63. Jackie in Dallas

    Jack, the GOP is the gift that keeps on giving...to the Democrats. They are so busy feuding amonst themselves that they are totally alienating the American people.

    During the Reagan years, the late 70s and 80s, the GOP was the "big tent" party, including moderates, conservatives, and minorities. Somewhere along the time of the "Moral Majority", they got derailed by the extremists, and are now cannabalizing themselves down to a regional and irrelevant party. Criticizing Colin Powell, one of the most respected conservatives in the country, using Rush as their mouthpiece, driving away moderates and conservatives that don't toe the line, and punishing the younger voices in the party who want more active cooperation with the White House is extremelly damaging, and they may never recover.

    May 13, 2009 at 2:49 pm |
  64. Chuck in warren, Ohio

    Jack: The Republican's don't know who to blame. It's all a game of "one ups manship" now and not one has any sense or a way to get back on track.

    May 13, 2009 at 2:49 pm |
  65. Judy, Exeter, Calif,

    Sounds like Cheney is running for king. Obama is siding with terrorists? – Sounds like Sarah Palin to me. I for one, am thoroughly fed up with hearing the silly rhetoric spewing from the likes of Sarah Palin, and now Liz Cheney. Looks like Dicky boy is worried about his legacy.

    May 13, 2009 at 2:51 pm |
  66. David Bebeau,Springfield Missouri

    Jack,come on my friend
    These guys are way out in space,lost and have NOTHING to share.
    If I were a Republican I would sooooo mad I would not be able to express my rage at these fools.

    May 13, 2009 at 2:51 pm |
  67. Michael in Albuquerque, NM

    They lost the election, boo hoo.
    Now they have to rethink their positions. It's healthy debate that will in the end give them a better platform from which to run in the next election.
    Still never underestimate the democrats ability to shoot themselves in the foot. That's damaging!

    May 13, 2009 at 2:54 pm |
  68. Ken from Colorado

    Jack, you would think with the slide of the GOP label that they would open up their tent to any and all suggestions to update their policies to stay in sync with the American people. The "listening tour" has changed into the "teaching tour". Instead of moderating the Republican Party, the GOP is putting a fresh coat of lip stick on the same old pig. It's not their criticism of each other that is causing the damage; it's their stubbornness to change to meet a 21st century electorate.

    May 13, 2009 at 2:54 pm |
  69. Tom Mytoocents Fort Lauderdale Florida


    I don't know why the republicans need a blue ribbon committee to become Americans, Could it be they've been in the desert to long. If they don't get it soon they may end up in Detroit working for General Motors

    May 13, 2009 at 2:58 pm |
  70. Denny from Tacoma, WA

    Heck, the Republicans destroyed our country's economy the past eight years. Why wouldn't they continue to self-destruct amongst themselves. They are the same old picture looking for a new frame. I got news for them – New frames do not a new picture make.

    May 13, 2009 at 3:01 pm |
  71. Marie Ontario

    Republicans have painted themselves into a corner and all the more intelligent and moderate conservatives have abandoned their policies that won't work in the 21st Century.

    If the Republicans change their policies to conform to what the younger generation wants then they will simply be Democrats so it is necessary they hang on to their right wing extremists and religious wackos of fold the party.

    May 13, 2009 at 3:01 pm |
  72. Alex (CT)

    Instead of calling it "damaging" I'd call it shooting the buck when it was already shot through its heart. Once the buck is dead the decomposers of ecology (in this case off-shoot fracture parties) will come in and take what they need from the dead carcass. That's just how nature works.

    May 13, 2009 at 3:01 pm |
  73. Troy Spier

    No, Jack, I don't think it is detrimental; however, I also don't think it is very advantageous. We saw during the Democratic Primaries last year that the candidates were ALL attacking one another. The Democratic party still emerged as strong as ever. I think it's the manner and severity of the comments that will determine how detrimental it could become, rather than the simple fact that they are calling each other out.

    May 13, 2009 at 3:01 pm |
  74. Kyle Irvine, CA

    Jack you just love the fact that the Republican Party is falling apart don't you? Just remember one thing, it was the Republicans who have kept this country safe from another terrorist attack these last 8 years. And now that "we the people" have elected ourselves a socialist, I woulden't be a bit surprised if we were attacked again. And if that happens, the blame will then shift to President Obama because it happended on his watch.

    The bottom line is President Bush kept us safe. And who cares if the interrogation tactics were legal, they worked!

    May 13, 2009 at 3:06 pm |
  75. Mark in Savannah

    Not damaging at all...Dick Cheney PLEASE keep talking about how torture was good for the country and about how you have no regrets. Pretty soon you'll have the Justice Department at your door.

    May 13, 2009 at 3:06 pm |
  76. " Sarge " St. Augustine, Fl.

    Very damaging. Hope they keep it up for the next 8 years!!!!!

    May 13, 2009 at 3:06 pm |
  77. J Atlanta

    Not damaging at all. They should continue to air their dirty laundry, with expletives if possible. Give Limbaugh and Boehner a bigger microphone and let them spew. Let that mousy Lindsey Graham from South Carolina whine publically away. It doesn't hurt them at all. It's all good.


    May 13, 2009 at 3:07 pm |
  78. Meg in Alpharetta, GA

    So much for party unity, huh??

    May 13, 2009 at 3:08 pm |
  79. Peter

    I hope in my deepest heart, that it is very, VERY damaging.....

    May 13, 2009 at 3:08 pm |
  80. pat in lexington

    If they cannot agree among themselves and continue to spout off to one another, it makes them much weaker. It's the old "divided we fall" situation, and they seem to just keep falling. Who would want to belong to a group like that?

    May 13, 2009 at 3:10 pm |
  81. Jack Martin

    Not damaging enough. The independents need to be patient, The democrats show signs of the same self destructive behaviour. We will have a third party yet.
    Jack in Boyntpon Beach FL

    May 13, 2009 at 3:11 pm |
  82. Tony from Torrington

    In a democracy, different ideas and opinions are a valuable and necessary ingredient for success. In a socialist state, the government in charge gets OKs from the people in that party, somewhat like democrats are doing today. They see the damage being done to our country yet they smile and continue to say YES WE CAN. Amazing hypocracy and audacity.

    Republicans should put forward as many new ideas as possible to break the hypnotic spell that the administration has over the American people. It's not only time for the honeymoon to be over, it may be time for the divorce court.

    May 13, 2009 at 3:12 pm |
  83. Jean B

    Everyone has a right to their opinion – and matters not what Republicans say. The unemployment rising, the Stimulus that will accomplish nothing and have alot fraud and waste, and by next spring the hyper inflation will bring Obama down. He's too inexperienced and a novice and that is apparent by his daily love for being on TV everyday, his lack of understanding when you have spent too much money you don't spend alot more, his bowing to Saudis, his arrogance when he claimed USA was arrogant (in other words he's not a very good American).
    We need a third party however.
    Jean B

    May 13, 2009 at 3:13 pm |
  84. Ron from SF

    Not at all and as a Democrat, let me say: Please continue and don't mind my laughter. By the way Mr. Vice President, would you like me to get you Gasoline or Jet Fuel, to throw on that fire? Or is there something that burns even hotter, that I can get for you?

    May 13, 2009 at 3:13 pm |
  85. Daniel Indiana

    How damaging? In the near future one will be able to examine the Republicabn Party under a microscope. They are concerned about one-party rule, yet they are self-destructing because it isn't them that is the one-party ruling. They are plotting on how to become that one-party ruler again, but they are in the self-destruct mode. The Democrats should not become arrogant over this self-destruction, since they aren't doing much better for our country at the moment and I vote Democratic. After all, there are many that believe, like the Republicans, that the "Bluedog Democrats" should become Republicans. Unfortunately, I have my reasons to believe that Indiana's Sen. Bayh, voting like a Republican to save his seat at reelection, isn't much more than a Republican, since he is pandering for votes. Unfortunately, I couldn't vote for him or his Republican opponent when 2010 comes around.

    May 13, 2009 at 3:13 pm |
  86. Tom, Virginia

    Jack –

    I think it is great when Republicans attack each other. As long as the faces of the Republican party are Rush, Cheney, Palin and Steele, it is a great day for America. Drive out all those dirty "moderates". Force them to become Democrats and make the Republican party irrelevant.

    May 13, 2009 at 3:14 pm |
  87. Jack Carlson

    Don't think that makes any difference.
    Mr. Changeable minded (Obama) will bring the Democrats down, along with all the crazy unnecessary spending.
    Jack CArlson

    May 13, 2009 at 3:14 pm |
  88. Tom in Desoto, Tx

    Now that Richard M Nixon is no longer around it looks like the Republican's are fighting to see who will be the next "Gloomy Gus"

    May 13, 2009 at 3:14 pm |
  89. Dan

    If the Republicans are not careful this internal struggle could destroy them. Political parties go through ups and downs but usually the infighting takes place behind close doors and the leaders are able to project a better image of the party to the public. But slamming each other in the public forum for everyone to see shows the GOP lacks leadership, intelligence, and an unwillingness to listen to those who have good ideas. If they want to turn things around they should start by doing something the current party leaders are not: Listening to the people!
    St. Louis

    May 13, 2009 at 3:17 pm |
  90. Mark, Westminster MD

    Heck yeah, it's damaging. And we dems are loving every minute of it. All the arguements we have been pointing out for years about the hypocracy of the republican right are coming to a head – and the republicans are finally realizing it for themselves. The American people (yes, even repulican voters) realize that if Cheney new what he was talking about the last 8 years would have been better. Let them infight while we clean up the country – at least it gets them out of our way.

    May 13, 2009 at 3:17 pm |
  91. Independent Joe (Brainerd)


    Not is damamaging as the liberal media would like it to be. Here is why. The ability to be critical of others views and theories is in essence the fuel that powers change.
    I am not particularity fond of the republican party Jack. But in my view the republicans are in the beginning stages of a metamorphous that will at some point in the future make them more attractive to voters.

    Independent Joe

    May 13, 2009 at 3:17 pm |
  92. Nicole

    I don't think it's that damaging. George W pretty much left that party flat-lined and Palin injected the air bubble. Now it's just fun to sit back and watch the Republicans implode on themselves.

    May 13, 2009 at 3:18 pm |
  93. Doug in New Mexico

    I stopped being a Republican some years ago because everyone I knew was soooo right wing. It hasn't gotten better. If there is one thing that I have learned over the years it is moderation in ALL THINGS. Any extremes are harmful in the long run. But the sorry thing is that we desperately need two or more parties. Without 2 parties or more politics will just get extreme in another direction. Balance and moderation is what is needed, and less shrill harping and vindictive nasty rhetoric from both sides.

    May 13, 2009 at 3:19 pm |
  94. Jim from Detroit

    It's not damaging if people who are wrong are criticized. In fact, it is helpful to the republican party if people who are wrong are criticized for it. Mike Huckabee is right. If the leaders of the republican party think they can regain power by imitating the democrats from a policy standpoint, they're sadly mistaken.

    May 13, 2009 at 3:19 pm |
  95. Craig

    I think its okay to have differing ideas buit at the end of the day, you all unite and agree to disagree. I am an African-American with middle of the raod ideas but, If I were Colin Powell, I woul look at this as an opprtunity to save the party by staking a stand against these old white men who refuse to see that the world and our country has changed. There are good things about about the GOP, but the group that is in power there now, is not doing any favors to our country either. Will some reasonable republican take a stand. Powell as a leader would greatly expand their base. The GOP could never be looked at as the party of old, angry white men again. Get rid of the hardline ignorance and hubris.

    May 13, 2009 at 3:19 pm |
  96. Mari, Salt Lake City, Utah

    Perhaps it is damaging, but I love it! All the infighting is a sign that they do not have a leader, nor do they have ideas, solutions or even a message, other than....... No!

    Its wonderful to see the GOP self implode!

    May 13, 2009 at 3:22 pm |
  97. Frank from Peterborough

    Republicans damage themselves every time one of them opens their mouths regardless what the topic is about.

    As for Obama stopping the release of the torture photos it is like burying toxic waste in a hole in the ground and covering it up with a thin layer of dirt. Everyone knows what has been done and it will be harmful and toxic to Americans for generations to come.

    May 13, 2009 at 3:23 pm |
  98. Nancy, Grand Ledge,MI

    I think it's great! They hung themselves with their own rope when they were in power, and now they're burying each other in mud! They can't seem to comprehend what happened. They think they need a better messenger for their 80's era message, but the rest of us are living in a different reality! We've moved on, it's time for an upgrade!

    May 13, 2009 at 3:24 pm |
  99. Jim from Chicago

    Actually, it is about time the GOP factions started to criticise each other. They need to decide where the party is headed in the future. That cannot be achieved as long as the direction is still determined by a few old pasty white guys still stuck in lockstep thinking from 1980. Change is good - even for the Republicans.

    May 13, 2009 at 3:24 pm |
  100. Christina

    Republicans criticizing each other publicly is a good thing. The quicker they self destruct, the quicker it can be rebuilt into something that stands for anything significant again. The party has to purge it's poor leadership and debased ethical policies that are both at odds with Constitutional principles.

    May 13, 2009 at 3:25 pm |
  101. George in Florida

    It's bringing big smiles to Democrats – get ready for filibuster-proof government for the next 6 + years.........Thanks guys !

    May 13, 2009 at 3:26 pm |
  102. Patty.D. Bristol, Pa.

    Dear Jack, Well, I always believed someday that Karma would kick butt. How many years have Republicans described people who didn't follow their dogma as unpatriotic, unholy, terrorist loving pacifists? It doesn't take a rocket scientist to realize the Republicans have spent all their credibility by labeling others. Now they are reduced to labeling themselves. Karma indeed.

    May 13, 2009 at 3:27 pm |
  103. Robert S., Metairie

    The Republican in-fighting is extremely damaging, and I love every minute of it. I hope they keep fracturing each other right through the November 2012 re-election of Obama. If you thought 2008 was a landslide, imagine the tiny slice of electoral pie Palin or Huckabee will get.

    May 13, 2009 at 3:27 pm |
  104. Howard M., Bolingbrook, IL

    Who Cares? The truth of the matter is, America has grown beyond the GOP's my way or the highway position on social issues.
    In addition, what has the Republican party ever done for the average to poor person or women in this country in the last 50 years.

    The GOP is an old white guys party, period.

    May 13, 2009 at 3:29 pm |
  105. Richard, in Kansas

    They have already fallen about as far as they can. Sonner or later they have to relize that the American people have rejected their ideology and want a more moderate, centerist government. As long as they continue to be the party of morals and values ( theirs of course), trickle down economics, and arrogant foreign policy they will continue to struggle.

    May 13, 2009 at 3:29 pm |
  106. don (in naples, florida)

    republicans need to get a grip, and just wait till 2011. Because if Obama fails to deliver a more suitable economy, they will regain control. Right now unemployment keeps rising, foreclosures keep rising, national debt keeps rising, social security, medicare and other entitlements are in worse shape than originally thought. And we still haven't dealt with foreign policy yet. So republicans need to stop squirming, calm down, and focus on their constituents.

    May 13, 2009 at 3:30 pm |
  107. Gigi

    Of course it's damaging BUT do you think they are smart enough to figure it out. Or are they trying to figure out who is responsible for the last eight years.
    They look like a bunch of Bud Abbott's and Lou Costello's deciding who's' on first.

    May 13, 2009 at 3:30 pm |
  108. george

    Its a political game that they play. "I'll tell on this guy, and maybe I'll score points, and people won't think I am so bad after all". A little too little, and a lot too late, the cast has been cast..

    May 13, 2009 at 3:33 pm |
  109. Alan - Buxton, Maine

    I can't really imagine how they could do any more damage than they already have but they may be more inventive than I give them credit for. I for one cheer them on. Have at it boys and girls and as the party goes extinct don't let the door hit you where you keep your brains on the way out.

    May 13, 2009 at 3:33 pm |
  110. odessa

    who cares! republicans ruined our government too long and they hate that barack obama is president of united states..they are still whining like babies and i careless about them..let them duke it out until they get tired or get into a fight with each other..i am sick of them period because they don't want no americans to have healthcare,jobs,education etc only them..gop are nothing but a bunch of babies and poopers who have something in common- their egoes are bruised enough.bush and cheney ruined their credibilty so why give them more attention instead they focusing helping our country..i like some republicans but all the old heads in congress needs to get out and do something else..

    May 13, 2009 at 3:35 pm |
  111. pat in michigan

    when the house is burned down ,check to see who has matches and blame them.

    May 13, 2009 at 3:36 pm |
  112. Steve Canada

    It looks like they are jockeying for position for '012..Nothing more, nothing less..

    May 13, 2009 at 3:36 pm |
  113. Steve Canada

    Really looks like a Cheny/McCain feud with Huckabee tring to sneak thru the left center...Its kinda funny to watch

    May 13, 2009 at 3:38 pm |
  114. PHIL

    Yes, I can only hope they keep it up.

    May 13, 2009 at 3:39 pm |
  115. Manphool Dabas

    The GOP's defeat at the hustings has left the Party in total disarray. There is no clear leading personality who can stop the Party's decay. To make things worse, Dick Cheney and Rush Limbaugh, who were partly responsible for GOP's fall, are still active. While Rush Limbaugh can be discarded as GOP's comedian, Dick Cheney can damage the Party still further, even though he is only trying to defend the legality of the Bush Administration's controversial security measures. Americans have allergy with this name and it would be better for the Party if he recedes into seclusion for the good of the Party. GOP's internal discipline is in shambles. Instead of uniting, Republicans are attacking one another. If they settle on one leader and follow him, probably the downward slide can be stopped. However, there is not much hope of improvement in the foreseeable future.

    May 13, 2009 at 3:39 pm |
  116. Remo .............. Austin, Texas

    You're kidding right? How much more damage can these folks do to themselves? They are the "NO" party with "NO" plan of their own. They're banking on Palin to be their superstar in 2012! They have to be kidding. What else do they have left to do but blame each other.
    Their mouthpiece right now is Mr. Cheney. Everytime he speaks it causes them to pucker tighter. I'm sure most folks will start calling them the "Replusive Party" if they keep going the way they are. Hasn't any of them sat down and read anything about their antics? Do any of them listen to what they've been saying? It's total amazement and amusement.

    May 13, 2009 at 3:41 pm |
  117. Geri - Mead, OK

    The Republicans are up a creek without a paddle or is it they are simply a ship without a rudder? They haven't had any new ideas for a very long time, but then I can't think of any new ideas the Democrats have either. Part of the reasons why Barack Obama became president is he talked differently and didn't bore his audiences and he still doesn't. He's also got an interesting wife and two great daughters.

    One of the problems with Republicans is they keep citing Ronald Regan, but it was some of Ronald Regan's policies that got us into the financial crisis we are in now. Another problem is most of the younger adults today either don't know who Ronald Regan was and the other younger adults who do know don't care what he represented.

    Perhaps the Republicans present vacuous approach, similiar to that of our former president's approach, will allow us independents to rise up and form a viable party of our own. I bet the independents as a truly viable party could come up with a whole list of creative ideas for the 21st century, at least this would be different.

    May 13, 2009 at 3:41 pm |
  118. Rahn Hasbargen New Brighton, MN

    Republicans crticizing each other is about as helpful for them as it is helpful for Democrats to attack George McGovern for his stance on "card check" and Arlen Specter for his numerous differences with his new party. Let's have Big Tents, everyone!!!!

    May 13, 2009 at 3:49 pm |
  119. JS

    They are in a really bad state right now, it is unforgivable that they are trying to shut down the government, blocking Obama nominees for no good reason. I realize they are the opposition party, but with the mess they have left for Obama to clean up, they are disrupting at every turn, when will they put the country first, these are serious times. Today they have even started attacking Charlie Crist who I thought was a republican favorite. Joan NC

    May 13, 2009 at 3:52 pm |
  120. Tim in Texas

    The phase 'beating a dead horse' comes to mind.
    Tim in Texas

    May 13, 2009 at 3:52 pm |
  121. cat

    O.K. O.K. enough al ready, break the party into two and see who wins.
    Let me give you all a hint...(daddy knows best)
    Conservative vs moderates and liberals. Boy Howdy let the games begin...hehaw

    May 13, 2009 at 3:52 pm |
  122. Jay in Texas

    Leave 'em alone, Jack. Let them tear each other apart. We can watch and laugh as they become a third party in upcoming elections. It seems the radical religious right may have lost its grip on its Republican Party.
    Brownwood, Texas

    May 13, 2009 at 3:53 pm |
  123. Terence

    Limbach is paid to shoot the bull on talk radio which is all he does. Hes not a politician so why does the press treat him like hes a politician in the repub party. Cheney didnt say one word in 8 years as VP why is he running his mouth now. This is the Repubs problem as nobody knows whos in charge or what to say when the find out who is. What a waste of anyones vote!

    May 13, 2009 at 3:54 pm |
  124. Pat from Arizona

    Let's see......a man who received 5 deferments prefers Rush Limbaugh over Colin Powell? Keep on talking Cheney.

    May 13, 2009 at 3:54 pm |
  125. circy in new mexico

    They don't seem to have a clue about how they are being taken by the public. Somehow, they think they can stay viable with the same strategy they've used the past 20 years. Trickle-down economics don't work any longer, except for the rich. Too many Americans are now aware of that scam. The new American rejects starting wars for profit, and wants world peace over anything else. And the sacrifices our military have made the past eight years aren't worth it in the minds of most Americans. Americans are finally starting to understand what most Europeans have already figured out, that Iraq and Afghanistan are nothing but scams with the intent of getting their oil. And none of it has anything to do with terrorism. If we weren't wrecking havoc in the Middle East the past 20 years there would have never been a 9/11.

    May 13, 2009 at 3:55 pm |
  126. Hasani in Cleveland

    It is darn funny, to be honest. But the in fighting isn't what's hurting them. It's the total disregard for the American people at the expense of what's politically expedient. It's like the movie Titanic. The ship's sinking and these guys are too busy fighting each other to notice.

    ......and the band played on......

    May 13, 2009 at 3:57 pm |
  127. John .... marlton, nj

    It is not damaging, it is called democracy versus the socialism thing the dems and Barrack Osama are playing

    May 13, 2009 at 3:57 pm |
  128. Alex in Wisconsin

    It is very damaging for the Republicans' chances in 2010 and 2012. But the short term damage it's doing to the party could be beneficial to the party in the long term when they can have a more solid and larger base. Of course this Republican party sniping is good for the democrats and for the short term, good for the country. I hope the Republican party can get their act together before the Democrats start tipping the country too far to the left. This country needs balance, not too much to the right, not too much to the left.

    May 13, 2009 at 3:58 pm |
  129. Rhonda

    It is very sad to see their behavior and what really matters to the Republicans. It certainly isn't the welfare of the American people, it's as though they are on another planet and oblivious to whats going on in the world around them. Like my young son says, they are STUCK on what they are STUCK on. How sad.
    Rhonda from New Orleans, La., 70122

    May 13, 2009 at 4:01 pm |
  130. Reggie Hammond

    They are already damaged. It's not the bickering amongst one another, it's the fact they haven't done anything constructive since Obama has taken office.

    May 13, 2009 at 4:02 pm |
  131. Eric in South Bend

    As a former officer in the Army, one motto I learned and lived by was "Praise in Public, Reprimand in Private." It is unprofessional and very embarassing just to watch as the Republicans continue to berate each other in a public power struggle. I pray that they find a common message and messenger soon. One party ruled government is not the answer we need or deserve.

    May 13, 2009 at 4:02 pm |
  132. Tom K in WA

    Hi Jack,

    Definitely not, I hope the GOP steps up the infighting. I would recommend a “Cage Match” between Limbaugh and Coulter. The more time they spend hurting each other the less they will hurt the American public.


    May 13, 2009 at 4:04 pm |
  133. Michael Sullivan from Lafayette, California

    Jack - Damaging to the Republicans: yes - damaging to the Democrats:
    no - I say to the Republicans, "Keep up the good work!"

    May 13, 2009 at 4:04 pm |
  134. Michael McDowell

    Republicans are like spoiled brats on a tantrum who haven't a clue what the average person faces day to day. They have been so corrupted by special interests and corporate robber barons they have completely lost touch with reality. I hope the party dies a slow death to be replaced by a vibrant, new political party that represents for once the interests of all Americans

    May 13, 2009 at 4:04 pm |
  135. Robert, Louisiana

    Not damaging at all, the more Republicans verbally negate each other the better. What is really damaging is the hateful nature of what should be an honest constructive debate aimed at finding the best ways to fix the incredible number of problems we have now.

    May 13, 2009 at 4:05 pm |
  136. dave

    As a Dem I'm loving it.

    May 13, 2009 at 4:05 pm |
  137. Linda in Arizona

    I hope it's so damaging they self-destruct. I want them bleeding in the streets. I want them so decimated they NEVER recover. As for Obama, he's turning into "Bush Continued". What a disappointment.

    May 13, 2009 at 4:05 pm |
  138. Bob D, Morrisown, NJ

    I think it doesn't damage the country at all. The more right wing and reactionary the core of the party reveals themselves to be, the greater leeway they Obama administration has in doing what's good for the vast majority of American's without losing support of the moderates by pushing policies that may appear somewhat progressive.

    May 13, 2009 at 4:06 pm |
  139. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    i guess it is very damaging since publicly they seem to suffer from election blues and seem to need attention brought on to them and not on the issues facing the country. Looks more like a dysfunctional family cleaning their dirty clothes in public...eventually they will find their new clothing line.

    May 13, 2009 at 4:07 pm |
  140. Robert Ammon, Palm Coast, Florida

    It's like watching a huge truck going down a steep mountain road with no brakes and everybody fighting for the steering wheel. To say that they've lost their way is a vast understatment. It's the "Blame Game" in it's purest form. They still just don't get it!

    May 13, 2009 at 4:07 pm |
  141. John R. Higgins, Jr.

    If criticizing someone is justified it might be helpful in the long run. You know some of us out there still appreciate a little honesty. Some will call it critical, some will call it fact. Maybe the Democrats should be a little more critical once in a while. Now that Nancy Pelosi is about as credible as the O.J. Simpson jury, it wouldn't hurt a few Democrats to suggest to her to get her act together. John, East Liverpool, Ohio

    May 13, 2009 at 4:07 pm |
  142. B in NC

    Doesn't matter. None of the Republicans listen to anyone, so they don't hear each other.


    May 13, 2009 at 4:09 pm |
  143. Roy - Chicago IL

    Jack, remember the old Three Stooges films where they constantly beat each other over the head? That is the image that comes to my mind when watching the current Republican efforts to rebrand themselves! Is that damaging? Nyuk Nyuk!

    May 13, 2009 at 4:09 pm |
  144. Mike

    They are an irrelevant party these days – Their policies FAILED!

    I LOVE THIS WAR – Just pass me some popcorn while I sit back and watch!!!

    May 13, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  145. DM - San Diego

    Jack, it's less damaging (for the Country) than it would be, if they were still in control of the White House and Congress.
    Huckabee, Limbaugh, Cheney and his daughter (who let her out?) are the ones living in the bubble of their own "core values" which are irrelevant to the vast majority of the American people. They should go the way of the Whigs... as soon as possible.
    We need a two party system in this country and these tired, old, lost dogs are the ones responsible for the demise of the Republican Party.
    Who knows, maybe Cheney will take them all hunting.

    May 13, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  146. Karen - Missouri

    I hope they destroy themselves...so let them keep bickering and showing their true colors.

    May 13, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  147. laylah B Los Angeles

    Very damaging. They just keep on ripping each other apart, and every day someone else jumps in.

    I'm loving it.

    May 13, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  148. Jamal Saint Petersburg, FL

    It's not damaging at all. We already knew they were a bunch of greedy arrogant idiots, they are just restating the obvious by critcizing each other.

    May 13, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  149. ingrid, new york

    i think it is a great sign that they are criticizing each other in public, and i do not say that only because i am a democrat, really.... it is only when all the stuff is on the table that any kind of synthesis in thinking can happen, that goes for families as well as for any group. out of the mess and the chaos, generally a leader emerges who can pull it all together, a leader who can truly tolerate differing points of view, who understands that you cannot lead and represent a nation as diverse as the USA when everyone looks the same and thinks the same, someone who can clarify whether being a republican is the same as being a right wing, rigid thinking, pro-lifer; or the same as being a pro-market fiscal conservative. they need to figure out where do the cultural conservatives fit in, what is the job of a party to save people's souls or is it to govern a country and insure that all have opportunities and benefits, etc. etc. of course the democrat in me thinks there is no such enlightened, intelligent person in the republican party...

    May 13, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  150. Roy - Chicago

    Jack, Republican in-squabbling is about as damaging as the Three Stooges hitting each other over the head repeatedly......it is hysterical to observers, and it hurts them more than it hurts ME!

    May 13, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  151. Rory Lane

    The far right highjacked the Republican party over the past decade and now that the public is seeking a more inclusive, understanding, mid road party, those that have enjoyed their time are worried that they are going to lose their power. So they turn their venom on each other trying to wrestle for control of the GOP. Hopefully a party that cares more about the people then it does power will rise to the top, but I doubt it.

    May 13, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  152. Leslie

    I love it. it just shows how out of touch they are. With all of there tax the poor and shoot the helpless atitudes. There just might not be any of them left in 2012

    May 13, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  153. paul schultheis---westminster md

    It is more revealing than damaging. During the RNC convention, speaker after speaker stressed the need that the time had arrived to take off their Republican hats and put on their American hats. Now we find out that some of these Republicans have never owned an American hat.

    May 13, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  154. Debbie in San Marcos, CA

    Republicans are a joke! Wish they cared more about fixing all of the messes Bush left and less on spreading lies and eating their own! Guess in some ways its good for the Democratic Party...registration has to be up!

    May 13, 2009 at 4:23 pm |
  155. Johnson

    Not at all. Sound like typical comments made by either party during a primary battle.

    May 13, 2009 at 4:23 pm |
  156. Jack - Lancaster, OH

    Mr. Cafferty:

    I do not think it is damaging, I think it is constructive, one party down and one to go. Really, go !

    May 13, 2009 at 4:23 pm |
  157. Angela, Kentucky

    I hope the Republicans keep at it. Terrifically entertaining and finally they are showing their idiocy to all Americans. It is little wonder that fewer and fewer people identify themselves as Republicans or as I see them, the Right Wing Fringe Party

    May 13, 2009 at 4:24 pm |
  158. Louise in Alabama

    Those Republicans are still fighting over whether Ripon, Wisconsin or Jackson, Michigan was their birthplace. How in the hell does one think they will solve the squabbles over their shopping canvasses.

    May 13, 2009 at 4:27 pm |
  159. Bill in Clifton Forge, Virginia

    It's just great to watch the Republicans get a dose of the nastiness they've been inflicting on everybody else - from each other!

    May 13, 2009 at 4:27 pm |
  160. Dan from Alliance, OH

    Very, If it continues we may end up with two new parties. Extreme right and middle of the rood.

    May 13, 2009 at 4:28 pm |
  161. Janice From Delaware


    I project the complete destruction of the Republican Party by the end of this year. Their public "war on words" is evidence that there is no unity within the party, no foundation on which to rebuild. The party will one day be known as "Bush's Folly"

    May 13, 2009 at 4:29 pm |
  162. Jim S

    Sure it's damaging Jack. It's like a mother spreading gossip about her children! If Cheney and McCain keep talking, they are going to do untold damage to their beloved party. If that's not enough, then Rush Limbaugh, Coulter, Beck, Hannity and Rove will finish the job. Theyre acting like the keystone cops on drugs.

    May 13, 2009 at 4:31 pm |
  163. Ed from Tallahassee Florida

    Yes, they look like sore losers that are bickering over why they lost. It's a no brainer. You aliened everyone that wasn't hardcore to the right then you ran a moderate that didn't appeal to them, so when he tried to he alienated his central base.

    Add to that the fact that Obama ran one of the Greatest Campaines in Modern History it's no wonder he won.

    It also doesn't help that Bush ruined the Economy, got the US in 2 wars that were growing more and more unpopular by the minute, he trampled on the Constition, made the Legislative Branch useless, and made Americans universially mistrusted to hated accross the world.

    That or it's because Republicans lost their core-principals of small government and low taxes.

    May 13, 2009 at 4:32 pm |
  164. Ralph Nelson

    These guys are completely "out of date". If they were selling bread it would be all green, black, and moldie. Like get off the stage already. Suddenly it's 1860. I pray to God the Republican Party well die. Sooner the better. Keep talking Dick! Ralph, Yakima, Wa.

    May 13, 2009 at 4:32 pm |
  165. Allen in Hartwell GA

    Jack, as I see it this is only damaging because it takes us closer to a one-party political system. If the Republican party as it is today went away forever, we as a country would be better off.

    May 13, 2009 at 4:32 pm |
  166. Maria, southern California

    Jack, i don't care if it's bad for republicans to fight in public, but i sure as hell know is good for the democrats, they are digging their own grave. R.I.P. REPUBLICAN PARTY!

    May 13, 2009 at 4:37 pm |
  167. cooper

    jack in a world where the strongest shall survive this is necessary for the republican party. at the end of the day a consenes will be meet and a stronger party will emerge and i am not sure if it will be strong enough...my only foul is where was this type of energy during the elections.

    May 13, 2009 at 4:39 pm |
  168. Bob in Baltimore

    It probably doen't matter as long as NO ONE says anything bad about Mount Limbaugh!

    May 13, 2009 at 4:40 pm |
  169. Chris, NYC

    Let them iron it out.......they are bickering b/c they are totally bankrupt of empathy for Americans (out of touch), and the wedge issue strategies, that have kept them in power for over twenty years, has fianlly run it's course.......Not to mention, the President basically took their conservatism, and applied it to his message....he is the embodiment of cool, poise, family values, and no dirty tactics.....except for the conservitive message of spending (the recession forced his hand in this), Obama has them beat, and that has pissed them off, and left them confused......I welcome the change, & wish Obama/Biden a great Presidency, and if they continue to attack the issues of the day, they will have my vote in 2012!!

    May 13, 2009 at 4:42 pm |
  170. Dennis North Carolina

    Republican party is becoming a bigger joke each day.

    May 13, 2009 at 4:43 pm |
  171. Anthony......NJ

    Since my birth, I've had to digest the bluster of Joe McCarthy, the dictatorship of Nixon, the overrated Reagan, and the abysmal Bushes.
    I always asked myself what manner of country is this that is so enamored with Republicans.
    Now, in the twilight of my life, I'm estatic that the Republicans have finally self-imploded and are the laughing stock of a more enlightened citizenry.

    May 13, 2009 at 4:44 pm |
  172. ken jefferson city mo

    Jack, without a leader besides rush limbaugh they will burn their own house down but if they stand up to rush and get a leader that can
    address this country's problem's the republican's will take power again.

    May 13, 2009 at 4:44 pm |
  173. Lindsay

    I think it's hilarious, they were just a bunch of sore losers after the elections, now they can't even get along with each other. However, I have respect for ANYONE who can look FORWARD because we need to stop wasting time having cat fights and spend time on the real issues. One of the best speeches I've seen was McCain's closing speech. That is a good example of how we need to work with each other. As a democrat, I think McCain could have been a good president. We all need to grow-up and work side by side. Not everyone is going to agree with everyone but that is how we grow as a nation. It's a shame that there are people like Limbaugh who feed us poison and a nasty way of thinking.

    "Man is now able to soar into outer space and reach up to the moon; but he is not moral enough to live at peace with his neighbor!"

    May 13, 2009 at 4:44 pm |
  174. Delesa Royal

    Te republicans have a good message,based upon their ideologies. they just don't know how to say it without insulting democrats. People are sick and tired of these tactics, and obviously don't want to be associated wit the ones who do this (limbaugh, Hannity, Rove, Coulter,)

    May 13, 2009 at 4:45 pm |
  175. Bert K. in L.A.

    This is damaging to the GOP. First, Dick Cheney and Rush Limbaugh argue with Colin Powell over whether the GOP should lean more to the center of politics and not lean so extreme to the right. Then Michael Steele goes at it with Mitt Romney over the reasons why Romney lost the race. Now Mike Huckabee sides with Cheney and Limbaugh. All these clowns need is to take the Republican elephant on the road and they can give Ringling Bros. some serious competition.

    May 13, 2009 at 4:46 pm |
  176. Nancy, Tennessee

    Mike Huckabee needs to pick up his guitar and play another song. He isn't very good at that, but at least he isn't trying to destroy the Republican Party while entertaining himself and maybe one other person.

    May 13, 2009 at 4:46 pm |
  177. Scott Stodden

    Jack, the Republicans cant damage there party anymore then they already have, but seriously it is damaging to criticize each other. They need to come together and find somebody who can lead this party out of the rut President Bush put them in, speaking as a Democrat I believe the only one who can help Republicans is Mitt Romney, he knows how to lead and bring people together.

    May 13, 2009 at 4:50 pm |
  178. Tom in New Hope, MN

    Not at all. I'm enjoying their side show of trying to look like they are making changes without doing so.

    May 13, 2009 at 4:50 pm |
  179. Adam Thousand Oaks, CA

    The party is trying to find its identity and they are all jockeying to be the point man. I don't think the average citizen cares. In the end the extreme right-wing social agenda needs to be pared down to a moderate level to appeal to a larger base. "Purifying" the party will only polarize people and leave them talking to themselves, instead of becoming relevant again.

    May 13, 2009 at 4:50 pm |

    Ah! Tribal wars. Let's ask the those who do it best for advise,such as in Iraq etc. What an example they set.

    May 13, 2009 at 4:51 pm |
  181. Mel of Alexandria, Virginia


    It is certainly bad for them and ultimately for the nation which has more important matters to attend, than to be dealing with their in fighting. I thought they were the ones who were talking about country first. Like in most things, they lie.

    May 13, 2009 at 4:51 pm |

    Damaging. I think James Carvilles book hit is on the nose. I think the Republican part will be damaged for some time to come. I seriously think we should get rid of the Republican and Democrat nonsense and start working together as one nation under God for the sake of of children and their children. (I know it's easier said than done, but someone has to say it).

    May 13, 2009 at 4:53 pm |
  183. Phil

    The GOP will soon be little more than an afterthought on the American political scene. I mean so many people in Red States who previously voted for them can now see clearly that these same people will do nothing to improve their lot in life !

    May 13, 2009 at 4:54 pm |
  184. steve in scappoose or

    I didn't know the GOP could do any more damage to themselves than they did in the last election but boy was I wrong. This loosely assembled collection of finger-pointers and cry babies is rapidly becoming worth the price of admission, which I am happy to point out is NOTHING. If this is the GOP's public face, I imagine behind closed doors it's a real blood bath. They need to shut up and get started with their "National Council for a new America" or more aptly called the "Pizza Parlor Party".

    Jack, you do the book, I'll do the screen play . . .

    May 13, 2009 at 4:54 pm |
  185. SHARON: Anchorage, Alaska

    HIGHLY damaging. Analogy: MARRIAGE. Would it be appropriate for you to slam your spouse to your family, their family, your children, your neighbors, your co-workers. The marriage would not last long under those circumstances. They all need to go to counseling & figure out what is wrong, set a plan & fix it or the party will become extinct.

    May 13, 2009 at 4:55 pm |
  186. Joyce Becker

    It seems that the Republican party like to eat their young, that is very good for the Democrats as all that will be left of the GOP is a party not too Grand and rather Old, I could live with that and don't care how they spat with each other, so much the better especially when it is done in public.

    Joyce from Long Island

    May 13, 2009 at 4:55 pm |
  187. JML-Maryland

    Personally I say very little the GOP'ers can do to each other to "harm their chances for gains" because they have no policy on any issues to speak of so they are in much pain and remain so until they come up with policies that work.

    May 13, 2009 at 4:57 pm |
  188. Jenny from Nanuet, New York

    The only listening the Republicans are doing is to Rush Limbaugh. THAT'S what's laughable...but it's perfect for those who want their entire constituency to be able to fit into a pizza parlor.

    May 13, 2009 at 4:58 pm |
  189. mike adkins,charlotte,nc

    nobody else likes them anyway, so why should they like each other any better.

    May 13, 2009 at 4:59 pm |
  190. Bill Elmers

    "These right-wingers are not helping the Republican Party to portray itself as more moderate and inclusive."

    That's the problem right there. They aren't inclusive or moderate. The country isn't all white southern males anymore. Just look at the physical make-up of their conventions. Any blacks, Hispanics, Asians, Indians, gays, atheist, muslims, jews?. Huhhh??? Any invitations or outreach programs specifically to those groups. NO.... and you won't considering the party was founded and rooted in hatred (look up Dixiecrat) . They don't look to have the input of anyone that isn't of their ilk.

    They have become political entertainment at this point, nothing more. They're still using the same tired wedge issues that divert the attention of the weak (aka their followers). Their new favortie Boogie Man Word is the dreaded "Soicialism" da-dun-dun-dahhhh.... It's not working.

    When you have 500K people loosing their jobs a month, (many of them republicans) the party has become super-sized vessel of NO SOLUTIONS. Impotent terms like "Small Government" and "Tax Cuts (for the rich mind you) have been proven as ineffective as wet gun powder. Let the old bigots of the GOP die the miserable death that they have prescribed to for themselves. Let's keep Rush and Dick healthy to ensure their extinction.

    May 13, 2009 at 4:59 pm |
  191. Annie, Atlanta

    Quite. Being to the left of center, I find it incredibly sad, yet am unable look away. The desperation is breathtaking in it's scope. The entertainment value has me tuning in to see you & Wolf daily, wondering how low they intend to go; bowl of popcorn in hand.

    May 13, 2009 at 5:00 pm |
  192. Janice

    Actually, it's sort of refreshing to hear them not being ditto-heads. However, none of it is particularly civil discourse, and the venom they have for each other and for anyone trying to use critical thinking and reason will not help them demonstrate the ability to lead and thus to win elections. The few of them left that demonstrate those qualities can't be heard through the din.

    Aberdeen, SD

    May 13, 2009 at 5:02 pm |
  193. stan calif

    Jack, if republicans keep it up and Cheney keeps shooting his mouth off, he may force the democrats to start impeachments against the whole Bush administration, on torture, lying about weapons of mass destruction etc. Wouldn't it be wonderful.

    May 13, 2009 at 5:02 pm |
  194. Jason, Koloa, HI

    As a progressive individual, listening to Republican bickering is music to my ears. The GOP is like the band on the Titanic, except instead of playing beautiful music on their way to the bottom of the ocean, they are smashing violins over each other’s heads. The three stooges probably got along better than curent Republicans. Maybe they should go into comedy, I hear Wanda Sykes needs a new opening act.

    May 13, 2009 at 5:03 pm |
  195. Bill Glover Baltimore MD

    Jack ...it is no more damaging than the continuing embrace of failed economic policiesand failed foreign policies. It is no more damaging than trying to defend the use of torture. It is no more damaging than ignoring science in favor of faith. It is no more damaging than the continuing topay homage to Rush Limbaugh. The GOP has finally fallen. Most Americans agree that we have a world of problems, what is most damaging to the GOP is that their fingerprints are all over most of those problems...it was bound to happen.

    May 13, 2009 at 5:04 pm |
  196. David P. Vernon

    Tucson, AZ – The objective of any political party is to win elections in order to influence governance. The current circular firing squad will win no elections, not even primaries. It used to be the eleventh commandment – "Thou shalt no speak ill of a fellow
    Republican", at least, not in public. The present atmosphere is another negative effect of the rank and file following an entertainer, a radio talk show host, instead of an elected official. Prior unelected demagogues reserved their character assassination for the opposing party – the Republicans would be wise to follow that rule.

    May 13, 2009 at 5:06 pm |
  197. John, Fort Collins, CO

    The Republican leadership would do well to settle their differences behind closed doors then emerge with one voice that defines what the party stands for and their plan for getting back in the game. But with the diverse cast of leading characters: Cheney, Limbaugh, Huckabee, McCain, Palin, Jeb Bush, Romney, etc., armed with large egos and my-way-or-the-highway indeologies, this is never going to happen. The public blood bath will continue, then intensify until the disaster of 2012 leaves them scratching their heads again. The GOP have proven to be slow learners.

    May 13, 2009 at 5:07 pm |
  198. Bill, Chicago

    Yes its very damaging, The ship is taking on water fast and it is only a mater of time. Maybe we will end up with a 3party system or more. One can dream.

    May 13, 2009 at 5:08 pm |
  199. Karen, Nashville

    It's extremely damaging to the Republican party, but why should these self-serving prima donnas care? They get more time in front of the camera when they are spewing venom, no matter whom they target.

    May 13, 2009 at 5:08 pm |
  200. Angela Washington

    Jack I am a Democrat, let them destroy themselves, before they finish the job on us.

    May 13, 2009 at 5:09 pm |
  201. TJ

    what more can we expect from the republican party?? fistfights with everyone who doesn't agree with them is all they seem to know how to do

    May 13, 2009 at 5:09 pm |
  202. Jon Gill,philadelphia

    I love it. The smug,hypocrits are finally getting theirs. I wish ill on no one, but these creeps brought all this on themselves. Anytime anyone insists on purity of any kind there is going to be trouble. The conservative right-wing nuts just don't get it. And yes, ut's very damaging, but who cares. They darn near destroyed America so who is going to care if they destroy themselves.

    May 13, 2009 at 5:10 pm |
  203. Chris Hamner

    I hope Dick Cheney tells Mike Huckabee's to shut up!!!
    Republicans Mike throw him under–the–bus as well. If Dick Cheney beleives in his heart that he has done everything with–in his moral instinct, he should run for President in 2012!! Simple As That!!!!!!!
    of course unless he's hiding something.

    May 13, 2009 at 5:10 pm |
  204. Marietta

    No wonder we are always in a war some where..republicans are now eating their own now.

    May 13, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  205. Justin in Atlanta

    I'm a strong, life-long Democrat, but even I with the Republicans would get their act together and stop all of their nonesense. Cheney should disappear like any good ex-VP who had nothing useful to say even when in office. This country is at its best when there is a strong two-party system, with both Rs and Ds providing ideas and intelligent dialogue. The worst thing that can happen in the long run to the Democrats, and to this country, is for the Republicans to continue along the path of mindless inanity. We need a coherent opposition party.

    May 13, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  206. Faye

    Jack, a house divided against itself cannot and will not stand. Enough of the Republicans vs. Republicans and Republicans vs. Democrats. I think it's time we come together as God fearing Americans and get this country back on track.

    May 13, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  207. CARL D. MOSS

    Jack , My Party always wants to tout Reagan. Well Rule Number 1 They Forgot was 'Thou Shall Not Speak ill of Another Republican' I Mean Really.... How bad is it if WE Make The Democrats Look Well Organized!

    May 13, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  208. Phil

    As a recovering long-time Republican, now Independent, my centrist friends and I appreciate all of the help from Dick Cheney, Rush Limbaugh and Sarah Palin. Your distorted thinking and need for attention are clearly what the Democrats and Independents have dreamed about. Please keep going and full steam ahead.

    May 13, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  209. David A Whitaker

    Hey Jack it just goes to show how much of the republcians is out of step with the rest of the country. They cannot even get along with themselves, they are bunch arroagant individuals seeking only to be better than everyone else. It ok to just being a good human being, is that so hard to do.

    Martinsburg, WV

    May 13, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  210. Stephen Fox

    Yes, Jack, it is damaging. Negativity eats itself. At the same time, for some, it may be somewhat cathartic, and help burn out what wasn't working within the Republican Party. That which doesn't kill you only makes you stronger, in other words.

    –Stephen Fox
    Panama City, Florida

    May 13, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  211. David

    Republicans criticizing Republicans: The first time in a long time that Republicans have been in synch with the rest of the American public.

    May 13, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  212. Tyrone Collins

    very damaging i wish they would keep it up they don't understand that it's not about them it's about us the people and right now they have no plans for anything health care climate control anything they say they are on the verge of being irrelevent i believe they are irrevelent and will be until someone with a brain can educate them until then good riddance

    May 13, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  213. Randy from Salt Lake City

    Who cares. The whole media circus is designed to keep the sheeple distracted from the mess that 'Murika has become and the chaos that's coming. We're totally doomed.

    May 13, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  214. Ronnie

    I like the way they are working it. They are doing a great job. Continue on the path. You are heading for big things.

    A Democrat for life.

    May 13, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  215. Patrick, Austin, TX

    I would like to see more of it. I think we should have Dick Cheney, John Boehner, Eric Cantor, Sarah Palin, Mitt Romney, and Newt Gingrich on television at least once every hour. I agree with them, they do not need moderates, they need to move as far to the right as possible. The should be two parties, Blue Dogs and Yellow Dog democrats. It is amusing to me watching them self destruct.

    May 13, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  216. Tony IL

    LOL.....let them keep this girly,girl fighting up. By the time they get their egos in check, the 2010 election will be here and the Republican party will lose more seats. Jack, maybe you should put on the whig, hop on the soap box and take charge of the cat fighting.

    May 13, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  217. Jan Merrick

    It seems the Republican Party is finding it difficult to accept the changes that the 21st Century is bringing with it.

    May 13, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  218. hiro

    Nothing is more exciting than to watch the republiCAT crticize themselves. All they are doing is making the jobs of the democrats easy. do you expect any less Jack since the leader of the republican party is that racist comedian Rush Limbaugh.

    May 13, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  219. Faz Kahn

    "This Party is self destructive in a year". I can bet you John that if This Party didnot change it ways or divorce people like Rush Limbaugh. Sean Hannity or Cheny , then it will become a Party of Missisippi and Alabama.

    May 13, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  220. Roland(St George,UT)

    The Republican Party is already irrelevant.

    May 13, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  221. Robert B.

    I love it! I hope they never stop cannibalizing each other. These guys make George W. look like Einstein.

    May 13, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  222. Donna

    With any luck at all, it will be VERY damaging!

    May 13, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  223. Cody nj

    Very damaging. It gives the public a bad image, an image that shows they can't control their own party properly. The democrats are amazingly organized right now though. I definitely don't see them winning in the next few elections.

    May 13, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  224. Philip - Austin, TX

    Damaging for them... good for the country. Perhaps if the Republican Party goes extinct, a more level-headed, pragmatic opposition to the Democrats will arise. Libertarians... it's your move.

    May 13, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  225. Tom

    yes it's damaging and appears to e a desparate measure to keep the Republicans in the spotlight while the Democratic party is enjoying the increasing popularity of the President here and overseas.

    Waynesboro PA

    May 13, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  226. roger sing

    Let them keep fighting Jack ! It's like James Carville said, there will not be no Republican in the White House for the next 40 years! Yes 40 years! As far as I'm concerned I think watching the Republicans rip each others eyes out is better than watching Jerry Springer.

    May 13, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  227. Carolyn

    Damaging? In politics, memory is short. So it's probably not very damaging but it sure is entertaining.

    May 13, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  228. Ken in NC

    It is so damaging that the news media is becoming concerned that they will not have a "Out of Power Party" to blast in the coming news cycles. I guess in it's place the media will begin to show where all this in fighting is the fault of the Democratic Party since they were the ones that knocked the Republicans from power and of course, without this source of corruption, they turn on themselves.

    May 13, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  229. John from Guilford, CT

    Well Jack it is easy, they will keep criticizing each other and they will continue to fall apart, and looking back at the last 8 years, I hope they never become a party or a majority again. The only way they would come together is if Obama screws up, but the past 8 years would be hard to beat.

    May 13, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  230. Jacki, Southington, CT

    I don't think it's damaging at all – the Republicans who disagree with the way the party has been going have every right to voice their opinions. These past few years, extreme right-wing Republicans have accused those who voice their opinions of being "un-American" when it is they who are going against the principles of our Constitutional right to freedom of speech. Maybe if more Republicans are brave enough to speak out, the party will go back to being respected.

    May 13, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  231. Ryan

    Jack, I am proud 23 year old Republican but this in fighting has to stop the party needs to come together. The in fighting should be left behind closed doors the party needs to wake up and stop being in the palm of the extreme members of the party. I am a conservative but even I will admit to save the party it must become more moderate on social issues and focus on economic conservatism. stop fighting with each other Republican and start fight the deficit and these massive spending programs of the Obama administration.

    May 13, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  232. Elisabeth, Bloomington, IN

    It is damaging for the Republicans to bicker at one another publicly, although I gotta say I love it! The more punches they pull on one another, the better the Democrats come across, not what the GOP is after. The Republicans have alot of work to do to bring back the ideas that once broght the party more voters than lost voters.

    May 13, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  233. nora CC TXAS

    I think it is kind of funny that they speak out against each other all the time. I think its because they think this will put them ahead of the other republicans, calling attention to themselves, saying hey look at me I am different, I am speaking out against this ridiculous party. All they are doing is showing americans just what a bad position they are in. If Limbaugh is the best they can do, the GOP is about done!!!

    May 13, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  234. Roman Deutsch, Butler, PA

    Hey Jack. I've been telling my friends and family from the beginning that the republicans will die by their own hands. They're Lost. They're banished from power forever. So they might as well get on with the business of new identity for their party...

    May 13, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  235. indiana bill

    It's not going to damage us Democrats a darn bit !!! The GOP is nothing but a bunch of old, rich, white guys, that should have retired long ago... I'm an old , poor, white guy..

    May 13, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  236. Stefan

    It is very damaging to the Republicans. You would think after their tough defeat last November that they'd come together. I guess they haven't learned their lesson. They have no clear leader because everyone want to be that person. If this continues we can expect the Democrats to maintain power in 2010 and Obama will get reelected in 1012.

    May 13, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  237. Charl

    I am by no means a republican or a democrat but I do feel the conflict brewing within the republican party is a reflection on the two party system as a whole. Not all the views and opinions of United States citizens fit into the ideology of only two parties, we need a different system.

    May 13, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  238. L.T.

    Jack, republicans arguing and criticizing each other??? Well, like the great Jackie Gleason said in Smokey and the Bandit, "What the hell is the world coming to?" Tell them to give it a rest and stick to the business at hand, fixing the country and getting us all back on the right track....

    May 13, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  239. OBDAG in Appleton, WI

    Jack, it is imparative the Republicans quit criticizing each other publicly since it severely damages the party and is becoming an ongoing comedy that does no good, I would recomeend their first action be to put a permanent muzzle on Dick Cheney, the guy that should never be allowed to talk in public again during his remaining lifetime. The best move the Republicans could make is a joint decision to stop accepting invitations to appear on TV for any reason. All they do is constantly stick their foot in their mouths. Although this is not good for CNN, it is good if the party ever hopes to survive. I would also recommend the name Jeb Bush be seriously considered for any future position inside the party or as an elected official.

    May 13, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  240. Kenny Landes

    This is great for democracy. It's good for the American people to see that there is a clear choice between the modern, progressive agenda offered by the Democrats and the regressive, conservative fallacies offered by increasingly irrelevant Republicans with their divisive rhetoric, backwards social policies, sophomoric infighting, and angry old men spouting off nonsense on weekend news talk shows.

    May 13, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  241. Tim

    I think all this public bickering is alienating more and more Republicans. The party needs to unite on a conservative front. When elections role around, voters need to be offered and alternative to the Democrats' philosophy and the way to do that is for the Republican party to stop all the in-fighting and push further to the right.

    May 13, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  242. Missy M

    I actually don't think it's damaging at all. It's time for the republicans to weed out their weakest links. It would be a lot worse to pretend there were no problems in the party.

    May 13, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  243. L. Slonaker

    I love the GOP's flim-flam of criticizing one another; it saves the Dems a lot of time and money. Just keep up the great work, President Obama. Pay no heed to the Republicans because no one else does.

    May 13, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  244. Jeff

    (from Falls Church, VA)

    The Democrats spent the entire period between the 1994 GOP sweep and 2008 taking potshots at each other, but they eventually got their act together and came out much stronger for it. The Republicans will only rebound if they do the same. The party will not recover if it follows old "leadership"–Cheney, Limbaugh, etc. Only new leaders can give it new direction. As a Democrat, however, I am comfortable in the belief that the Republicans will be wandering the wilderness for a good while yet.

    May 13, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  245. Dr. T

    It is not damaging to the Republicans, to criticize each other. It is their way of self-destruction as a party.

    It would be wonderful not having the republicans around.

    May 13, 2009 at 5:15 pm |

    Of course it is damaging for them to keep squabbling publicly like little kids frankly. The republicans are in such diserae that I don't even call them republicans anymore, I call them Republicants!

    May 13, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  247. Chuck

    Hopefully it damages them to annihilation.
    I'm so sick of their lies, dishonest financial dealings, war mongering,
    holier than thou posturing, mudslinging, and crabby old man looks that
    I want something and that would be almost anything, to replace them
    as the second party. A party of drugged up monkeys would be an

    May 13, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  248. Tracey

    The Republican parties "dream team" of Bush, McCain, Romney – Limbaugh, they still aren't getting the message that We the People sent them this last November. They ARE imploding, but in truth, even as a Demorcrat, I wish they weren't – I LIKE having a democracy, parties to deabte and choose from. Can't remeber when the last time was I actually had that in this country...... and from the looks of the Republican party, it may be a LONG time in the making again! They have made themselves the laughing stock of America with their school yard pissing matches. The Dem parties best ally right now!

    May 13, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  249. richard morales Houston Texas

    The republican party in fighting is of no surprise to me. When all you can do is bash the president instead of finding solutions to issues your bound to fail. Eventually that identity crisis leads to fingerpointing and the playing the blame game.

    May 13, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  250. shannon

    A wise man once said ...a house divided against itself will not stand. I agree. we will see.

    May 13, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  251. bill

    This issue is irrelevant, right now our President is trying to censor the press by not releasing photos of the horrors our government is doing. As a U.S. citizen who is supposed to have freedom to see what our government is doing and who expects there to be freedom of press, I want to see these photos and what Obama is doing is FACISM! The GOP and Democratic Party are one in the same, you all CNN know this and i know this. This blog is redundant and a fraud. Focus on the real issues please.

    May 13, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  252. Kevin L. / Omaha, NE

    No more damaging then at any other time in our history. One party or the other starts bashing their own when they lose a seat or few. In this case I don't mind. It's very damaging when it's public like the GOP is doing.
    The country needs to be carefull when the GOP gets back in power and they will sooner or later. We ALL know what they can do as far as damage is a concern.

    May 13, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  253. John Relyea

    Who cares Jack...they get what they deserve...let them destroy themselves as a party. Republicans are idyllically archaic they need to get with the 21st century.

    May 13, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  254. Chad from Los Angeles, CA

    Better to criticize than to just support bad policies for no reason but deranged loyalty!

    May 13, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  255. Chuck

    Republicans can continue to argue, yell and scream at each other; they can send out all the high profile Republicans they want to "listen" to people and gather ideas; but they won't get anywhere until they retreive their soul from the religious kooks they sold it to many years ago.

    Toledo, Ohio

    May 13, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  256. Randall

    To hear continuing internal vocal criticism means that more and more Republicans must be getting the message that we wanted change. Some of those voicing dissension have realized that the vine has swung too far right. The rest will once they have also heard enough from the likes of Limbaugh and Cheney. By the way Jack, please define "blather", and tell us why was the word delivered with that grin?

    May 13, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  257. james sloan

    Jack, The GOP has not won the mayors' office in Philly since the early fiftys' or late 40's. It seems to me that they want to go national with that record. In one mayoral race they came in third behind Charlie Bowser who ran as an independent. When I die, I want to be creamated, So I can't keep getting dug up like you guys are doing the dead GOP. Jim/ Phoenixville, Pa.

    May 13, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  258. el don Rodrigo


    The expression hanging your laundry out says it all. The more they criticize each other the more we find out. Heck do the whole Republican Neighborhood's laundry!

    el don Rodrigo
    San Jose, CA

    May 13, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  259. Thomas Bate

    Jack, I dont think there is ANYTHING any republican can say, that hasnt been said and isnt known already. We can only hope they self destruct sooner than later. This is a group that has absolutely NO ideas. And now they are bickering amoungst themselves, all hoping to be the new spokesman for the party.. Will it be Palin, Limbeau or Cheney??? Who cares? Let them go at each other until they finally implode.. They wont be missed, and perhaps another party , with REAL principals and ideas will emerge.

    Thom Bates/ Ft Lauderdale

    May 13, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  260. Claire, Melbourne FL

    Hi Jack,

    The Republicans have all EARNED every one of those criticisms of each one of them. They've damaged our country every way you could think of and then some. They should all jump into that big, black hole they dug for the rest of us and just shut up for a change. I'm sick of listening to their weasely cop-outs and blame game politics. Enough is enough already !!!

    May 13, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  261. sam oputa

    The current leaders of GOP is the reason why they lost so badly. I hope they keep the current leaders until 2012. That will be damaging enough.

    May 13, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  262. Kooky in CA

    The GOP is killing itself with its old-line rhetoric. It is a bunch of primarily old white folks with a few younger minorities, but it’s a dying breed that will go extinct when the current bunch is dead and gone. Younger more moderate conservatives and former Republicans will eventually form “Republican Lite” and elect people like Colon Powell and Megan McCain. Younger people don’t see the world through those ultra-conservative bigoted blinders their parents and grandparents do. They have a wider view.

    May 13, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  263. Michael Tamayo

    It only seems the Republican party is self destructing. Those "Rebulicans" whom say we need to be more inclusive are really Democrats. Hell, why not then just become Democrats by name. Ideologically they already are. Give it a little time, the Democrats will screw things up bad and the true nature of the Republicans (Conservitism) will come through.

    Fontana, Ca

    May 13, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  264. Bernie from Tarpon Springs, FL


    No it's not bad (for the Democrats), think that Fox Network (appropriate) should start a new Reality Show and call it "Republican Survivor" The concept is that you take the 10 leading Republicans, (Jeb Bush, Limbaugh, Romney, McCain, Palin, Huckabee, Castor, Boehner, Michael Steel and just for laughs Ann Colter). Place them in a mansion in Orange County, CA (where else), and let then go at it each week with their ideas of where the Republican Party should be headed. Each week, one gets elected by the TV audience to go hunting with Cheney...until there is only one standing...After this 9 week show there will be 2 Republicans left, the winner (loser) and Cheney.

    May 13, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  265. L. Slonaker

    All the problems come from the last administration: No wonder Bush is silent!

    May 13, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  266. Ken in NC

    WOW I just herd Senator Lindsay Graham in an interview with Wolf and he was siding with President Obama and speaking to his defense. I must be having a nightmare. Kick me Jack to wake me. LOL

    May 13, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  267. ET in L.A.

    Yes, I believe their infighting is damaging to the Republicans, but it doesn't disturb me. What does disturb me, however, is that so many people outside of the USA have access to their acting-up which damages our country's image. Not. A. Good. Thing.

    May 13, 2009 at 5:22 pm |
  268. Rick from Murfreesboro, TN


    It is indeed damaging the Republican party. However, as an aging white southern male who has never supported the Republican party, I think that it is a great show. Maybe we could rent an arena, place them all in there with various weapons and sell tickets while they go after each other. It would be much more entertaining than Wrestlemania.

    May 13, 2009 at 5:22 pm |
  269. Layne Alleman

    Jack, In order to rebuild a failed political party, they're going to have to decide who it is they really are, and who they are trying to represent. I would expect that they will be fighting this out publicly, and privately for quite a while. For me, I think it's a healthier, and better show than anything on TV (no knock on you), I just wish a third party would somehow emerge thats a hell of a lot more grounded in and closer to reality. Layne A. Antioch, Il.

    May 13, 2009 at 5:22 pm |
  270. mary shaw, colorado springs co

    The Republicans can't help airing their political laundry in public. Each one is trying to use one-upsmanship to take the lead. They have their train on the wrong track but haven't figured it out yet, and Chief Engineer Cheney hasn't found the brake to stop the downhill runaway political Toonerville Trolley.

    May 13, 2009 at 5:22 pm |
  271. David

    I love it Jack. This is the party of NO! and they don"t have any new ideas. This party has hate, for anything that is not their ideals. They attack this President from the start. So much for bipartisanship.

    Las Vegas

    May 13, 2009 at 5:24 pm |
  272. Barry Cutler

    Damaging? Not at all. How damaging is it to be without the Whigs? The GOP, that party of rabid right-wing religiosity, of war-mongering and witch-hunting McCarthyism, of states' rights hypocrisy while stripping humanity of dignity and civil liberties, has done more to damage this nation in the past sixty years or so than anything the loss of it could possibly lead to. The Democrats, bent on pleasing the Right, has warped and morphed itself to the right. Best we lose the GOP, break up the Democrats, and add diversity to the party and parties.

    Barry, Palm Desert, CA

    May 13, 2009 at 5:24 pm |
  273. Joel in Iowa

    Republi-can'ts ... and the party of "NO" ... they seem kind of negative to me. They are not able to do simple math and see that all these negatives are "POSITIVE" for the Democrats!

    That's probably math from "NO child left behind" ... (more negatives) ...

    May 13, 2009 at 5:24 pm |
  274. richard morales Houston Texas

    All this in fighting takes away the focus on what is really important to the American people. The GOP bickering does not help present viable alternatives to the programs being roled out by the democrats. Instead of fighting how about finding solutions to the financial crisis, housing issue and health care.

    May 13, 2009 at 5:25 pm |
  275. Karl from SF, CA

    Isn't suicide illegal? They seem bent on existing without really living. They died last November.

    May 13, 2009 at 5:25 pm |
  276. Oregon Wally Las Vegas Nevada

    I feel the republicans are very confused, example LIZ CHANEY a self admitted lesbian , what does she think of the marriage is between a man and woman question ? like i said very confused...

    May 13, 2009 at 5:25 pm |
  277. Norman Hankins

    Norman-Midlothian Va. The republicans seem to take great pride out of being ignorant.

    May 13, 2009 at 5:25 pm |
  278. Phil P. in NJ

    It's clear, the Republicans don't have a leader. "Former Vice President" Cheney still can't believe he's not running the country anymore, so he's coming out with all of these outragest comments just to try and distract the current Obama Administration. The Republicans lost. They're so out of touch with mainstream America. They seem to be throwing everything they can against the wall to see what sticks. It's embarrassing to watch.

    May 13, 2009 at 5:26 pm |
  279. Paulette,Dallas,PA

    Of course it's detrimental to the GOP's existence. They just don't have it together and are behaving worse than a pack of junkyard dogs on a bone. All they are doing is self-destructing. I say let them go and maybe something good will evolve eventually.

    May 13, 2009 at 5:27 pm |
  280. Richard New Hampshire

    The Republicans are doing great.A group hug would help a lot.
    Forget the "Listening Tour.They can not even communicate with each other.
    Obama and the Democrats gave them a knock out punch in the last election.The Republicans are stumbling,staggering and bumbling still.Smelling salts might help.

    May 13, 2009 at 5:28 pm |
  281. Bruce Jack

    Damaged? Damaged? The Republicans are damaged? Look what they've done to this country! They need to be damaged.

    May 13, 2009 at 5:28 pm |
  282. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    The Republicans publicly criticizing each other is about as damaging as an NBA team fighting among themselves while the other team is down court shooting the ball.

    May 13, 2009 at 5:29 pm |
  283. Gaurav 9 Holmdel, New Jersey

    Even though I am, have always been, and will always be a strong republican rupporter and rightist, I think it pointless to critisize themselves because their future already seems bleak after Obama`s victory. I think they should get organized and try for 2012.

    May 13, 2009 at 5:31 pm |
  284. Ray

    Jack Jack Jack! Please let sleeping dogs lie. If the party of the right wants Cheney, Palin and Limbaugh as their standard bearers, so be it. We will all sleep better knowing they will never again be in charge with this lack of intelligent leadership.

    May 13, 2009 at 5:32 pm |
  285. Meg from Troy, Ohio

    It certainly matter and it's very telling. It shows me just how fragmented the Republican Party is–it's ugly as they take each other down in public. No one in the GOP is safe right now.

    May 13, 2009 at 5:33 pm |
  286. Michael Tamayo

    Obama was elected because more people were concened about making history instead of electing a compitent executive. He's commited intelligence blunders, broken most of his campaign promises and will take all of us into bankruptcy faster then the Republicans ever could!!

    Fontana, Ca

    May 13, 2009 at 5:33 pm |
  287. Paul

    It is damaging in so much as it reveals a general lack of congruity within the party, and the stubbornness of some that refuse to evolve their thinking beyond their own ideologies. Some people on the right refuse to compromise, adapt, or even listen. There was a news program not long ago that was hosting Chuck Norris and Ariana Huffington. Chuck Norris would answer a question and express his political opinion. When it was Ariana's turn to speak, Norris interrupted her repeatedly, as if to imply her opinion wasn't even worth hearing. I surmise he didn't learn the old adage, "the wise man listens". It is apparent they will treat eachother with the same contempt. The American people deserve better, but they probably wouldn't agree.

    May 13, 2009 at 5:34 pm |
  288. Zack Canton Michigan

    Yes it is doing worst to there rep then the past years have. "no he did it!" "no it was you!" "No it was them!" sounds like the neighborhood kids playing on that old mans lawns who is always yelling at "hey you kids! get off my lawn!" Who do you think the old man represents? the American people jack. the American people.

    May 13, 2009 at 5:34 pm |
  289. Dr. Sam

    We all love America! But Cheney speaks as if he owns it. In a real and figurative sense, he might have come close. After dodging military service so many times (five deferments), he took so much for himself out the country to make himself a very rich man (note the role of Haliburton–like Bethel Corp before it–and other financial dealings and tax break for the rich under Bush). It is a shame that this man could choose Limbaugh over a four star general who served his country so well and who is so well respected by millions of Americans. Who really is Dick Cheney? I think Ms. Dowd of the New York Times did a very good job of telling us (or reminding us) in her Op-Ed piece of today. It is so ironic that it is this Dick Cheney who is shouting from the roof-top daily now that he loves America more than anyone else in America. Dick Cheney is an inhuman abstract consumed by self-individualism. The focus of our debate should not be what interrogation or torture works, but what value we as a nation must and should up-hold. The Republicans are so far doing a good job of deflecting the debate into what works. The media should bring back the debate to what we as Americans stand for!

    Dr. Sam

    May 13, 2009 at 5:35 pm |
  290. Doug

    Let the beatings go on, they deserve each other.

    May 13, 2009 at 5:35 pm |
  291. lynn

    The Republicans are coming off as a bunch of childish, revengeful group of morons. They are now going to reshape and rebrand themselves by referring to the Democratic Party as the Democratic Socialist Party!! They sound like a group of middle school students.

    May 13, 2009 at 5:35 pm |
  292. Charles- Illinois

    YES its damaging but they don't care, the GOP is self-absorbed within their own petty B.S. and haven't a clue as to how to recover from this recession that started on their watch. What they are doing is refreshing to most of the American people because they're doing nothing but adding another nail to their coffin. 8 yrs of their administration and look where America is at, fighting & bickering among themselves like rich spoiled juvenile deliguents.

    May 13, 2009 at 5:36 pm |
  293. scott

    I think it's great that republicans are attacking each other. they are the minority for the first time in years. it looks like evolution at work. the weak perish and the strong prevail.

    May 13, 2009 at 5:37 pm |
  294. J. Weidenbach

    Whatever happened to dignity and smart politics? I think they all need to attend charm school.

    May 13, 2009 at 5:39 pm |
  295. David in San Diego

    Kyle in Irvine perpetuates the myth that Bush II "kept us safe." The worst attack on US soil since 1812 occurred on his watch, almost 8 months into it. If that was being safe, what is being in danger?

    May 13, 2009 at 5:42 pm |
  296. Raul San Antonio

    Jack, I think this is great. They are still smoking after they lost the presidential election. They have begun to eat their young. Their initials G.O.P., spells out exactly the party’s future : Gone Out Politically.

    May 13, 2009 at 5:42 pm |
  297. Indiana Jim

    I hope the infighting helps spur emergence of a strong 3rd party. If there were 3 parties they'd all have to be more careful about trashing each other and concentrate on what's right about themselves. Wouldn't it be nice if it was called the Common Sense party?

    May 13, 2009 at 5:42 pm |
  298. Robert B.

    The Republican party are the fossil remains of a country that no longer exists. They have made themselves history while trying to be historic.
    Robert Brennan
    Lindenhurst NY

    May 13, 2009 at 5:42 pm |
  299. Rob of Tacoma Wa

    It's very damaging, but I don't care I'm a Democrat and it does my heart good to see them tear themself apart. Keep up the good work...

    May 13, 2009 at 5:45 pm |
  300. Mark (from new york)

    I don't know how damaging it is jack but I would sure love for the dixiecrats that make up the republican party to be pushed out of it.

    May 13, 2009 at 5:47 pm |