The Return of Republican Factionalism
It had seemed to me that Chafee’s senatorial defeat and subsequent departure from the Republican Party eased the factionalism that had previously played a role in Rhode Island Republicans’ tendency to trip over each other. It merits watching to see whether the congressional district 1 race brings that division back, and who will be on whose side
Former Republican Gov. Donald L. Carcieri will be the headliner at former state police Supt. Brendan P. Doherty’s first big fundraiser as a congressional candidate. …
The 56-member host committee includes former state GOP chairman John Holmes, former Supreme Court Justice Robert Flanders, former Lt. Gov. Bernard Jackvony, public-relations adviser David Duffy and Carcieri’s political ally and State House legal advisor Kerry King.
One possibility is that the key figures previously leading the more conservative charge, in contrast to the Old Club GOP led by Chafee, were just a different faction from the old club. It’s too soon, of course, to determine what Doherty will look like as a candidate. I will say, for my part, that I find the “personally pro-life; politically pro-choice” position (which Doherty professes) to be among the most disturbing on the political menu. The only way to hold such views sincerely (and not be a monster) is to be pro-life more as a matter of aesthetics than principal.