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November 8th, 2012
08:08 PM ET

Letters to the President #1389: 'The Republican family feud'

Reporter's Note: President Obama’s re-election has triggered an uproar in the Republican Party; which has triggered another letter to the White House from me.

Dear Mr. President,

You get four more years in the White House, and the Republicans get a family feud that is threatening to knock down the doublewide. Hardly seems fair, but then I guess that’s just the way politics plays out sometimes.

You’ve probably noticed the way your GOP pals are going at each other. They’re blaming each other for a bad campaign, a bad get-out-the-vote effort, bad talking points, bad outreach to minority groups, bad messaging for women, and yadda yadda yadda…I haven’t heard this many accusations since the last “So You Think You’re the Daddy?” episode on Maury.

All of this bodes well for your side, of course. It doesn’t take much of a fighter to take on someone who is beating up himself. If the Repubs keep going at it this way, your party can sit back, refine your tactics, and settle in for a nice long run as the big dogs in D.C.

But…uh…I don’t think that is going to happen.

As many of your Democratic friends have noted over the years, one thing Republicans are really good at is discipline. Truth be told, all of this cage fighting they are enduring right now is part of that. They are wasting virtually no time blaming you or your fellow Democrats for the loss. They may not always like the opposition tactics (and who does?) but they accept that you are supposed to fight them tooth and nail. What they don’t accept is their own mistakes when it comes to political warfare. The infighting at the moment is about cutting out weakness; about figuring out how they were beaten and taking the right steps to keep it from happening again.

Other than that, how are you feeling now that you’ve had a good night’s sleep? Must be heady days…

Call if you can.

Regards,
Tom

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