Were GOP leaders correct in chastising Gov. LePage?

Posted April 04, 2011, at 9:13 p.m.

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Were GOP leaders correct in chastising Gov. LePage?

Republicans in the state Senate have written an op-ed column about the governor’s tone in addressing those with whom he disagrees, calling his actions a distraction to the issues at hand. This “government by disrespect,” as they called it, reflects poorly on the party. Were the senators justified in taking such bold action? Was it self-serving on their part, or was the op-ed a genuine appeal for the governor to clean up his language and tone? Will the governor listen to this request? Or is he likely to continue telling critics to kiss his butt and go to hell and calling them “idiots”? Did the senators risk dividing the GOP governing majority?

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