Establishment Republicans, with whom I agree about this, view the recalcitrants as threatening to destroy the GOP with obstructionist stands that would lower the already low brand standing of the GOP.
Paul loses his cool under pressure, though he also brings out the worst slugger tendencies in Christie, which will not help the Christie brand if this continues.
Meanwhile there is a GOP civil war between the neocon wing, including Sen. John McCainJohn McCainTrump fires opening salvo in budget wars Overnight Finance: Trump budget to boost military, slash nondefense spending | Senate confirms Commerce pick | House Intel chief won't subpoena tax returns Overnight Defense: Trump proposes 3B defense budget | Defense hawks say proposal falls short | Pentagon to probe Yemen raid MORE (Ariz.) on military issues, and the libertarian wing, including Paul, which tends toward isolationism. Sen. Marco RubioMarco RubioRubio moves to name street outside Russian embassy after slain opposition leader THE MEMO: Trump takes the fight to Congress Rubio says town halls designed for people to 'heckle and scream' MORE (R-Fla.) seems to be having a civil war with himself, sometimes playing the statesman as he does on immigration, sometimes playing the obstructionist when he panders to the far right on healthcare.
And there is a civil war in Wyoming between the hyper-ambitious Liz Cheney and the highly respected Sen. Mike EnziMike EnziLawmakers fundraise amid rising town hall pressure A guide to the committees: Senate GOP senators unveil bill to give Congress control of consumer bureau budget MORE (R-Wyo.) who I have already predicted in The Hill will crush the semi-carpetbagger Cheney, whose ties to Wyoming have only risen in proportion to her ambition for office.
This Wyoming civil war is an early preview of primary civil wars that will split the GOP throughout the 2014 campaign.
Not to be outdone, if you don't yet have your scoreboard, the ubiquitous Sen. Ted CruzTed CruzDem senator: Confirm Gorsuch, Garland simultaneously THE MEMO: Trump takes the fight to Congress Brietbart CEO reveals that Trump donors are part owners MORE (R-Texas) has declared civil war against everyone except himself. Cruz, whose 15 minutes of fame are half over, attacks liberals, attacks Democrats, attacks conservatives who don't meet his standards, and attacks GOP members of the House and Senate while Christie attacks libertarians, who attack neoconservatives, while both neocons and libertarians attack establishment Republicans, who beg Karl Rove to raise money.
There is so much mud being thrown by Republicans against other Republicans that the GOP could raise funds by selling raincoats. These guys make Anthony Weiner look normal!