Byron York in Washington Examiner on Republican intra-party divisions On the questions of immigration, national security, and defunding Obamacare, the Republican party is deeply divided, but not along clear and consistent lines. "In other words, it may be that the Republican Party is too divided to have a real civil war. Perhaps chaos would be a better description," York argues. For example, see Chris Christie's anger at Rand Paul isolationists for proposing restrictions to the NSA, or Sen. Tom Coburn calling Obamacare's defunding movement a "a denial of reality." Basically, "It’s what happens to parties when they don’t have a leader," York explains. "Don't look now but the GOP is in the midst of a nasty intra-party fight on several fronts," tweets Politico reporter Byron Tau.
Morgan Tsvangirai in The Washington Post on Zimbabwe's manipulated election "Robert Mugabe is attempting to steal Zimbabwe’s most important election," writes Tsvangirai, Zimbabwe's Prime Minister and a key opposition force to Mugabe in the country's elections on Wednesday. Despite evidence of election manipulation, including the arrest of Tsvangirai's poll manager, Tsvangirai refuses to boycott the election and appeal to international powers because "Mugabe has shown — in elections in 2000, 2002, 2005 and 2008 — that he has no concern about lack of legitimacy." Even though he's likely to lose, Tsvangirai explains "why he is running anyway," Post foreign affairs columnist Jackson Diehl writes. "Tsvangirai seems to believe international community is powerless, sounds like he's ready to make this his last stand," tweets Andrew Beatty, AFP's news editor for southern Africa.