Both major political parties exercise a certain amount of ideological discipline, but the Democrats (with their Blue Dog caucus in Congress) not so much.
Republicans, on the other hand, can get downright hostile about it. The party’s more zealous elements are quick to apply the label “Rino” (Republican In Name Only) to any member who dares show even a modicum of civility toward the dreaded “Demoncrats” or dares stray even a bit from conservative orthodoxy in thought, word or deed.
The bloodletting among GOPers during RINO-hunting season is always fun to watch. And it looks like we’re in a for a NEW ROUND of it. Goody.
UPDATE: No RINO hunting in THIS CASE, but it’s funny anyway.