As Washington approaches another budgetary crisis, Republicans face the threat of crippling splits in conservative ranks. This is unnecessary, given broad GOP agreement on an agenda for the future: reduced federal spending, less regulation, tax simplification and a reduction in rates, defense of the unborn, strong national defense, plus roll-back of Obamacare and other intrusive government programs.
Even on immigration, Republicans agree on goals: more effective border security and reducing the number of illegals in the country by deporting serious law-breakers and granting probationary legal status to those who earn it. Divisions involve tactics for confronting President Obama, not substantive issues. That's why the secret to GOP unity is emphasizing a positive program of our own, instead of concentrating on reacting to the president where we're damaged by needless arguments on the best way to respond.