Stanley, you noted the other day the media’s obsession with Republican party divisions in the wake of the shutdown. True, enough. But the last week and a half have shown how the shutdown was a great strategy for driving attention . . . to the shutdown. Once it ended, the lid really came off the Obamacare debate, and the travails of the rollout are getting at least some of the attention they deserve. Without the shutdown, the debate over the law would be in the same place it is now — with supporters on the defensive and Democrats beginning to break — without the GOP having undertaken a strategy from which it gained nothing and lost standing with public needlessly.
by Rich Lowry