Once upon a time, the rule was “Republicans don’t speak ill of other republicans.” The democrats were famous for shooting themselves in the foot with their internal divisions, but the republicans would, even in the heat of the primary season, tone down their rhetoric towards one another and focus on the opposition party.
Times have changed:
On Tuesday, Senator Jim Bunning threatened to sue fellow Republicans if they do not support his bid for reelection in 2010. Bunning's threat was leveled after rumors that the National Republican Senatorial Committee was courting David Williams, president of the Kentucky State Senate, to take a shot at the incumbent senator's seat.
"Support of incumbents is the only reason for (the NRSC's) existence," Bunning said. "So if they recruited someone and supported them in a primary against me, I would be able to sue them because they’re not following their bylaws."
Is the party consuming itself? Not yet. But keep watching.