The shutdown is a complete disaster for Republicans
Ezra Klein and Evan Solta at Wonkbook break down the GOP’s awful polling numbers through the shutdown.

A silver lining for Republicans
ObamaCare will still sink Democrats in the long run, Jeffrey Kuhner at The Washington Times argues.

The costs of fantasy politics
Ross Douthat at The New York Times says the GOP’s shutdown disaster will have consequences beyond 2014.

Tea Party groups helping the GOP
Andrew McCoy at Ace of Spades says contrary to conventional wisdom, outside groups pressuring the GOP to be more conservative are helping to motivate lawmakers to pursue the right policies.


White House has concerns about latest GOP offer
The ice is thawing, but no deal has been reached on the government shutdown. Justin Sink at The Hill reports.

White House used recycled name cards for GOP
Russell Berman at The Hill details the far-reaching affects of the shutdown.