The GOP's mutual recriminations have been pouring in since the day after the 2012 presidential election. But unlike the brief spats of 2008, which mostly converted to an argument that the GOP failed because it hadn't really tried, this time the knives are really out, and for precisely the groups with the most incentive to argue against change - namely, immigration restrictionists and social conservatives.
Or, as Latino Romney adviser Carlos Gutierrez calls them, "the far right." Appearing on "Face the Nation" with CNN's Candy Crowley today, Gutierrez blamed an unspecified coalition of "far right" conservatives for dragging the GOP away from its roots, and for casting an otherwise noble party in a retrogressive role.
"I think we lost the election because the far right of this party has taken the party to a place that it doesn't belong," Gutierrez said. "We are the party of prosperity, of growth, of tolerance. These immigrants who come across, and what they do wrong is they risk their lives and they come here and they work because they want to be part of the American Dream. That is what the GOP is!"