It wasn’t supposed to be this way. In the wake of Mitt Romney’s defeat in 2012, Republicans issued a call to pull together, broaden the party’s appeal, and develop a far more inclusive message. But just six months later, the GOP’s civil war is raging stronger than ever, with top leaders fighting amongst each other over the pending double-barreled threats of a government shutdown and debt default in a far more public way than they did in the last several fiscal crises.
Failure to heal the rifts threatens the economy and could put hundreds of thousands of federal employees out of work, and subject Americans to yet another display of Washington dysfunction. It could be the pattern for months or years to come. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
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