WASHINGTON -- Two things are often said in this town: "A day is a year in politics." And, "It's all about 2014."
Combined, the two statements mean that much can happen between now and the midterm elections next year when Republicans hope to hold the House and gain the Senate -- and Democrats intend to hold the Senate and recover the House.
Don't think just because Democratic Congressman Patrick Murphy is running in a primarily Republican district, he's a dead man walking. Murphy might actually turn into one of the blue team's safest bets for re-election in 2014.
The government shutdown has made it abundantly obvious that the anti-conservative news media and the anti-conservative Republican establishment have joined together to the point where it's almost impossible to see where one ends and the other begins. Some might say they merge every day on the set of "Morning Joe."