Republican intransigence is further compounded by the echo chamber of the Tinker Bell Coalition — the Weekly Standard’s Bill Kristol and National Review’s Rich Lowry, who recently co-authored an editorial urging Republicans to drive a stake through the heart of immigration reform.

These are the same two who thought Sarah Palin would be the perfect running mate for John McCain. Kristol was the first to advance her name, and Lowry famously reported seeing starbursts ricocheting around the living room as he watched Palin wink during her vice presidential debate — and imagined that she was winking at him.

One lapse in judgment doesn’t condemn a man to a lifetime of errancy — and a winking Alaskan beauty is perhaps a test too far — but fairy dust has a way of contaminating the Republican Way of Thinking. Before you can govern, you have to win. And before you can win, you have to offer something people want to buy.

What Republicans are selling appeals to an ever-diminishing market that doesn’t even include their erstwhile allies in business and industry. And their self-immolation may prove to have been nothing more than a bonfire of vanities.