Here are two quotes I received in the last 12 hours.

I’ve been a Republican all my life. They’ll never throw me out. But they have an amazing ability to eat their young. They give each other the saliva test of purity every once in a while, and then they lose. And then they just sit around and bitch for four years. It’s a fairly fascinating party.   – Ex-Senator Alan Simpson (R-Wyoming, quoted in an email from Anne Lewis, DSCC)

I think there is a feeling that if someone speaks out they will break the force that has taken years to build up, but I sure hope more people do speak up. I believe the Christian right as a solid movement is actually fracturing, but the media isn’t attuned and the Christian right leaders won’t admit it.   – a private email

Do you see a common theme in these two quotes? Are they right? Does it matter?