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The GOP strategy is explained by a GOP insider who is also, like so many of his colleagues, a convict. Basically, they play to win using any means necessary. According to Mr. Raymond, they're "ruthless" -- not necessarily a newsflash, but important to hear. Elections aren't about doing the right thing for the GOP, they want to win:

But he said the scheme reflects a broader culture in the Republican Party that is focused on dividing voters to win primaries and general elections. He said examples range from some recent efforts to use border-security concerns to foster anger toward immigrants to his own role arranging phone calls designed to polarize primary voters over abortion in a 2002 New Jersey Senate race.

``A lot of people look at politics and see it as the guy who wins is the guy who unifies the most people," he said. ``I would disagree. I would say the candidate who wins is the candidate who polarizes the right bloc of voters. You always want to polarize somebody."
And after they win, they turn the government -- and your tax dollars -- in to their own private cash machine:
``Republicans have treated campaigns and politics as a business, and now are treating public policy as a business, looking for the types of returns that you get in business, passing legislation that has huge ramifications for business," he said. ``It is very much being monetized, and the federal government is being monetized under Republican majorities."
Yes, this is the party that claims to represent moral behavior and values.

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