In US Heartland, Tea Party Tests GOP Establishment

In US Heartland, Tea Party Tests GOP Establishment

Via AFP:

When one of President Barack Obama's most conservative congressional foes is branded a leftist by the Tea Party, the resulting spat is nothing short of a Republican civil war.

In the run-up to congressional elections in November, the vicious battle for the soul of the party is raging in an unlikely locale: the state of Kentucky, deep in the American heartland, where voters are more used to seeing Republicans beat up on Democrats than on each other.

It features Mitch McConnell, the US Senate's genteel but politically wily minority leader, first elected 30 years ago, and Matt Bevin, a li...

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