Nobody gained anything from the government shutdown, but there were some lessons to be learned.
I may be the only person in Washington that feels this way but when I hear Senate Minority leader say he learned that there is no education in the second kick of a mule, followed by a promise to not be part of another shutdown, I will have take him at his word.
Within the Republican Party, voices of opposition toward extremist Tea Party members have emerged. Former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott told the Washington Post that there has to be a pushback on the Tea Party types that come in and think they've got all the answers.
I have to agree with what the President said yesterday about the shutdown: there are no winners. The approval rating for the Republican Party is lower than it has ever been and the approval rating for President Obama is below 50 percent.
Republicans were pounded but now it has cleared the way for serious negotiation. The fine line Democrats have to walk is to make sure they don't rub it in their noses.
The model for Republicans should be after President Abraham Lincoln. In his second inaugural address, he said, "With malice toward none and charity for all, we must go forward."
The two sides continue to be far apart and the problem hasn't been solved but now we are operating on a different plane.
This Sunday on "Face the Nation," I'm excited to talk to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell about the aftermath of the government shutdown and his outlook on Congress. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., join us to discuss the next steps in terms of getting a real budget deal, not just this short term measure that was passed this week to get the government back over. Plus, we'll talk about the state of the Republican party - has the Tea Party gained - or lost support after this last round?
We'll also have Mark Zandi, Chief Economist of Moody's Analytics to outline the economic impacts of the shutdown and the next steps toward financial recovery.
Plus we'll have analysis from Stuart Rothenburg of the Rothenberg Political Report, Wall Street Journal's Gerald Seib, Time Magazine's Rana Faroohar and the Washington Post's Michael Gerson.
I hope you'll join us. Check your local listings.