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The G.O.P. Base Clamors for Confrontation, Candidates Oblige

Jackie Calmes, The New York Times

While tensions between the ideological purists of the base and the pragmatists of the party establishment have simmered for decades, the breach has widened in recent years to nearly unbridgeable. Many Republicans now lament that the divide goes a long way to explain why their party lately has had so much trouble governing in Congress and picking a presidential nominee.