Republican Party Identity Crisis

The defection of Arlen Specter from the GOP to the Democratic Party this week has revived a simmering debate inside the party about the best way forward in the Obama era. At issue is whether a demoralized Republican Party should be emphasizing breadth or depth in terms of ideology, messaging and geography. On one side stand the fiscally and socially conservative purists -- party activists and elected officials who maintain that Republicans need to adhere to strict principles to emerge as a...Full Story
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