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January 29th, 2010
09:58 AM ET

Democrats need to learn to compromise

By Roland S. Martin | BIO
CNN Political Analyst

With Tea Party activists brewing their own strain of conservativism, Republicans are waging a fierce battle amongst themselves over what it means to be a member of the Grand Old Party.

We saw this play itself out in November in New York's 23rd congressional district when the Republican candidate chosen by party leaders was forced out of the race after a conservative candidate who didn't know a darn thing about the issues in the district captured the fancy of the Tea Party renegades, and almost won the seat.

Now we see the same thing playing out in Florida, where the state's once-popular Republican governor, Charlie Crist, is in a dogfight with his far more conservative challenger for the U.S. Senate nomination, former Florida House Speaker Marco Rubio.

Even the Republican National Committee is fending off a concerted effort to keep the party's money from candidates that don't pass a "purity" test.

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