This is starting to remind me of the infighting that was going on with the old Whig party. There were those who believed that ending slavery should be included on the party platform while those in the established part of the party believed that was just too extreme. The established folks believed that the best way to win elections was to take a more moderate side of the issue. The result of this infighting was the creation of the Republican Party and the Whig party ending up on the ash heap of history. I am starting to wonder if this could another example of history repeating itself.