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article imageJerry Springer: 'There is a civil war in the Republican Party'

By André R. Gignac     Mar 10, 2012 in Politics
During an interview (at the 13:40 minute mark) with David Frost on March 10, Jerry Springer said the only way Republicans can win the presidency is with the help of independents, and that a conservative Supreme Court would be "awful".
TV star Jerry Springer put aside for a moment his aura of foolishness and sat down with David Frost for his more serious Al Jazeera show "Frost over the World". Guided by Frost, who presented him as "the one and only'", Springer offered viewers a short but interesting lesson on the American political system, and of course he did not hesitate to share his personal views on every subject, from Sarah Palin to the American Supreme Court and the Republican race.
To the question of who will win the Republican Party presidential primaries, Springer resumed quite well the state of hesitancy and confusion in the Republican ranks, by answering this: "Probably not Newt Gingrich, most probably Mitt Romney, but possibly Rick Santorum". But in any case, Springer is fearful of a possible Republican presidency. Reminding Frost that in the United States the president gets to appoint members of the Supreme Court, Springer said it is likely that in the next four years there will be changes on the Supreme Court, "because so many of the Justices are up there in age". He fears, with a Republican president appointing new members to the Court, "that Court will become so conservative that issues such as campaign financing, abortion, gay rights... all these issues will be so conservative, so reactionary, that for those who are more progressive, it will be awful."
The American TV presenter -- who joked that born in the United Kingdom he left for the United States when he realized he would never become king -- was obviously more upbeat when he noted that "There is a civil war going on in the Republican Party" between the "establishment Republicans", whom he described as "the businessmen, the wealthy people", and the Tea Party, described by Springer as the "right wing who concentrates more on social issues". The consequence of such a division in the Republican ranks is that "although Mitt Romney keeps winning, they are not embracing him". And these divisions are helping Obama, the only president who will fight for women's rights, according to Springer.
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