Senate Republican Civil War
South Carolina Senator Jim DeMint accidentally walked into the wrong room and declared to a gaggle of lobbyists that “Republicans are not prepared to take over the Senate.”
Senate Republicans are now even more embroiled in an intraparty civil war in which DeMint has been the lead rebel, and the victory by conservative Christine O’Donnell over establishment favorite Rep. Mike Castle in Delaware only deepened GOP divisions that could haunt Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell well into next year.
Several senators…including Scott Brown of Massachusetts, [have] concerns that the party has sent a message that it had no room for moderates, even from left-leaning states, according to people familiar with the exchanges. And others expressed frustration that the GOP had essentially given away a pivotal seat that Castle could have won.