The deepening split among Republicans is somehow strangely reminiscent of a recent movie, Killing Them Softly, based
on a George V. Higgins novel and starring Brad Pitt. The publicity
materials say it's about "dumb guys who think they're smart" and wind up
"causing the local criminal economy to collapse."
Spoiler alert: Things don't end well for them.
Tea Party Republicans may want to take heed. They've been endangering
the economy for lawful and unlawful enterprises alike, and some people
are becoming unhappy. Now the GOP appears to be facing a showdown
between ideological purity and the self-interest of the powerful.
Greed vs. extremism: Who do you root for in that conflict?
Trouble in Paradise
Last week some deep-pocket Republican donors expressed grave dissatisfaction
with their party's shutdown and even graver concerns about the
possibility of a government default. There's ideology, and then there's
the desire to turn a profit. In the GOP, those two forces seem to be on a