What's with the war stuff

Of all the news today the two articles that caught my eye were one in the LA Times where the author compares the battle between moderates and conservatives in the Republican Party to the 100 Years War and a blog post at the Flashreport where Congressman Campbell compares the battle between the blue states and red states to the Civil War.  I know war is an expression of politics by other means, but some folks seriously need to cut back on their caffeine intake.  Despite their rhetoric the tea party is not leading an actual revolution and I don't foresee Texas invading California anytime soon (and no a visit from Governor Perry doesn't count).