How we’ll know that sanity is prevailing

The Washington PostOctober 22, 2013 

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.”

The process won’t be complete until:

 • There are successful primary challenges from the center against Republican shutdown advocates.

 • Mainstream Republicans in primaries start using their opponents’ support for the shutdown in attack ads.

 • The Heritage Foundation returns to respected research, and Jim DeMint decides to spend more time with his family.

 • Republican candidates don’t want to campaign with Sens. Mike Lee, R-Utah, and Ted Cruz, R-Texas.

The shutdown can be a palate cleanser for the GOP if it forces Republicans to coalesce around positive, attainable ends and good governance. Then it will be seen as the end of a very bad time in the GOP’s history and not the beginning of the party’s extinction.

Jennifer Rubin writes the Right Turn blog ( for The Washington Post, offering opinion from a conservative perspective.

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