What's going on in the Grand Old Party? Congressional Republicans are engaging in more in-fighting than those brawling Democrats.
Yesterday in the House Republican caucus, Conference chairman Jerry Lewis of California beat back a challenge by Carl Pursell of Michigan, 98-64, spear-carrier for party whip Newt Gingrich, an ideological crusader who enrolled conservatives like Mr. Pursell to kill the Bush White House's summit budget agreement. Mr. Lewis supported it.
In another contest Rep. Guy Vander Jagt of Michigan retained his chairmanship of the National Republican Congressional Committee by defeating challenger Rep. Don Sundquist of Tennessee, 98-66, the reputed candidate of White House chief of staff John Sununu. Frustration among House Republicans as they begin their 37th straight year as a minority party was evident in these rare challenges to House GOP leadership incumbents.