WASHINGTON — In trying to understand the Republican Party’s internal battles, it helps to think of Michael and Sonny.
Corleone, that is.
On one side we have Sonny — the hot-headed, impulsive, shoot-now-take-names-later son of Don Corleone. On Capitol Hill, he personifies the tea party followers who would rather die on principle than live to win a later day.
On the other side, we have Michael — the cooler-headed son and intellectual strategist. On the Hill, Michael represents the so-called…