It's no secret the Republican Party is dealing with a right-wing contingent that is small but loud and that threatens to run the party off the rails. The Washington Post's Karen Tumulty posits that the outcome of the government shutdown "presents an opportunity for the establishment to strike back and maybe regain some control from the insurgent wing."
With expressions of regret about the shutdown strategy from figures such as Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., who sided with the shutdown squad on key votes, that process is already underway. But the process won't be complete until:
• There are successful primary challenges from the center against Republican shutdown advocates.