Conservatives divided: Erickson hits Kristol; Krauthammer hits Bachmann

Matt K. Lewis Senior Contributor
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As TheDC’s Amanda Carey noted yesterday, the debt debate is dividing Republicans.

The fact that conservatives like anti-tax crusader Grover Norquist, radio host Laura Ingraham, and Florida Rep. Allen West find themselves opposing The Club for Growth, Sen. Jim DeMint, and Rep. Michele Bachmann is indicative of the problem.

And in the last 24 hours, tensions have escalated.

It’s starting to get personal.

When the Weekly Standard’s Bill Kristol called conservatives opposing the Boehner deal “pro-Obama” conservatives, RedState’s Erick Erickson accused him of “playing the fool. Again.”

And in response to Rep. Michele Bachmann’s declaration that she won’t vote to raise the debt ceiling (presumably, no matter what), Kristol’s fellow Fox News’ commentator Charles Krauthammer called her position “unbelievably irresponsible.”

Most recently, Speaker John Boehner reportedly told wavering Republicans to “get your ass in line.”

Things are getting ugly.

Matt K. Lewis