12/21/2012 12:45 am ET Updated Feb 19, 2013

A Role Reversal: Dems Grow More Unified While Cracks Form In The GOP - NationalJournal.com

The endgame over the fiscal cliff, like the first stirrings of debate about gun control and immigration, all capture a subtle but potentially consequential shift in the Washington dynamic.

On each front, Democrats are growing more unified while Republicans and conservatives are displaying increasing cracks. That inverts the alignment through most of President Obama's first term--and indeed most of the past quarter-century.

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