After spending so much time following Republicans throwing mud on each other, it seems only fair to link to this article, from The Hill, about fratricide on the other side of the aisle as well.
For Rothman, the move is part of a broader effort to paint himself as the true liberal Democrat and his opponent as more of a centrist. Pascrell has argued the two have similar policy positions and that the race should be about who is more effective as a leader.
Ah, yes, you dirty centrist!
Republicans still take the prize for "most infighting" for the day. Republican Presidential candidate Rick Santorum said:
Santorum added: “If they’re going to be a little different, we might as well stay with what we have instead of taking a risk of what may be the Etch A Sketch candidate for the future.”
Santorum was referencing Romney adviser Eric Fehrnstrom’s comment Wednesday that “everything changes” for the fall campaign. “It’s almost like an Etch A Sketch,” he said on CNN. “You can kind of shake it up and we start all over again.”
The remark reignited criticism of Romney as the type of politician who will say or do anything to win.
Romney, who made no public appearances Thursday, issued a statement expressing disappointment “that Rick Santorum would rather have Barack Obama as president than a Republican.”
The irony here, which no one in the mainstream media seems to point out with the frequency it is due, is that Santorum calls Romney a flip-flopper while he flip-flopped himself over whether Romney is qualified to be President. Four years ago, Santorum endorsed Romney. And now he prefers President Obama to Romney?
“Governor Romney has a deep understanding of the important issues confronting our country today, and he is the clear conservative candidate that can go into the general election with a united Republican party.”
From a practical perspective, it seems that Santorum is letting the bitterness of the race overcome his better political judgment; if he carries this too far, and if Romney does not win in 2012, Santorum will be splattered with too much mud (and too much of the blame) to have a clean shot at 2016.
Note (Added 03/23/2012): Santorum said today that he will support the Republican nominee over President Obama.
Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum said Friday that he will support the eventual GOP nominee, if it isn't him, despite what he insists are similarities between front-runner Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama that make them indistinguishable on some issues.
"I will support whoever wins the Republican primary to beat Barack Obama," Santorum told supporters at a police gun range in northern Louisiana.