The Political Interest: The Green-Eyed Monsters

The Green-Eyed Monsters

Jealousy, perhaps the oldest and certainly the most pernicious of human emotions, is always fascinating to behold, the more so in politics, where ambition invariably trumps loyalty, and old grudges are carried to the grave. In general in recent years Republicans have held their egos in check -- with the notable exception of the far right, which abhors all who fail to slavishly toe its line. Most mainstreamers, however, follow the G.O.P.'S "11th Commandment" ("Republicans shall not speak ill of other Republicans") and only rarely strike at their own, as Bob Dole did recently when he dissented from the Bush campaign's...

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