Opening Shots

GOP Civil War Begins

Are splits already showing in the GOP? The House may be holding together, but fissures are cropping up in the Senate, where Senator Lindsey Graham complained that Tuesday’s results were not as good for the party as they could have been because of candidates like Christine O’Donnell in Delaware and Ken Buck in Colorado. “It was a good night for Republicans but it could have been a better one,” Graham said. “If you think what happened in Delaware is ‘a win’ for the Republican Party then we don’t have a snowball’s chance to win the White House. If you think Delaware was a wake-up call for Republicans than we have a shot at doing well for a long time.” Former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott agreed, saying, “We did not nominate our strongest candidates.” Another senator anonymously tells Politico that Graham’s colleague from South Carolina, Senator Jim DeMint, was a “big loser” on Tuesday. “It’s like you’re on the five-yard line ready to score and the quarterback calls the play and some member of your team tackles one of your members and keeps you from scoring, we came tantalizingly close to a majority.”