Restiveness on The Right

A conservative-led ideological brawl splits the G.O.P. and could hurt Bush's chances for re-election in 1992

As a Republican leader in the House, Georgia Congressman Newt Gingrich is expected to support the policies of the Bush Administration. And Gingrich seems perfectly willing to oblige -- provided he can formulate those policies himself. Gingrich's sharp-tongued truculence, scathingly defined as "New- Newtism" by Budget Director Richard Darman, is at the core of a smoldering feud that has Republicans brawling like, well, Democrats. If it continues, the rift could hurt George Bush's chances for re-election in 1992.

The struggle for the party's soul pits Darmanesque pragmatism, which recognizes that compromise is essential to governance, against the ideological purity that is...

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