It turns out the Republican's "big tent" is too big to be of any practical use. The failure of the U.S. Senate to pass a repeal and replace of Obamacare demonstrates this lack of cohesion. This outcome is depressing.
Perhaps Mitch McConnell should resign the Senate leadership in protest. Herding the GOP's 'cats' can't be much fun.
One is tempted to say it would serve the GOP right if most of their senators up for reelection in 2018 lost. Except the damage to our nation from a Senate led by Upchuck Schumer would be considerable.
Likely we'd all end up getting our health care from government clinics as bad as the VA, a grim prospect. And who knows what exotic new sexual 'variants' a Democrat Senate would end up protecting? Or whether they'd defund the Border Patrol.
A better approach will be to run good candidates against nonconformist outliers like Rand Paul, John McCain and Susan Collins in the GOP primaries, defeat them, and move on. Less satisfying, but also importantly, less dangerous. The RNC needs to get busy with this project.