If you’re a political junkie you have heard about the split in the Republican Party between conservatives and establishment Republicans for a long time. But what you haven’t heard is how Democrats feel about watching this all play out. Are they worried that the GOP will eventually come together? Will a Republican win the White House anytime soon?
It depends on who you talk to. The lawmakers in office like Democratic Congressman Gene Green say one thing about the divide between establishment Republicans and conservatives.
“As a Democrat I hope the divide continues, but I really don’t think that happens,” Green told KTRH. “I think what we’re seeing in the Republican Party is simply democracy at work.”
However, the people behind their campaigns, strategists like Matt Angle of the Lone Star Project, look at things a bit differently when it comes to the future of the GOP and whether or not they have what it takes to take back the White House.
“They are not only not going to capture the middle, but they are hostile to the middle,” Angle told KTRH. “They will continue to shrink and we will have the opportunity to seize the middle. We just have to do it.”
And then there are Republican strategists like KTRH political analyst Jim McGrath, who worked with President George H.W. Bush. He told KTRH what you're seeing now is nothing new.
“When you’re the party that’s out of power, it’s a natural competition of ideas. This is that marketplace at work,” McGrath explained. It’s too early to say this divide has become cast and concrete.”
McGrath says Democrats said the same thing about their party before Bill Clinton won their party’s nomination 22 years ago.