Little surprise, then, that the disloyal opposition is in rebranding mode: Paul Ryan makes a budget deal with Democrats and edges toward other accommodations while John Boehner shows up with a kind word for extending unemployment benefits.
Even the whooping over the Obamacare muddle is receding, leaving it to the diehards like Rand Paul to grumble about local sign-up difficulties.
While it’s much too early to certify a trend, opportunities for actual governing in Washington seem to be opening up.
The burden now will be on the President to seize the moment and take advantage of inching toward dialogue while the GOP sorts out its internal problems and tries to fashion a new face.
Next up: Immigration? Fiscal policy? Who knows?