Somewhere between grim and incredulous, Republicans, at least those of the level-headed and mainstream set, view the House speakership meltdown as a political disaster. They might want to consider:

1. This comes more than a year before the election. By then they will have a new speaker (one prays), and this trainwreck may be a distant memory. The House is so gerrymandered (contributing to the problem of polarization) that substantial shifts in the parties’ relative numbers are rare. In other words, it won’t do long-term damage to the conservative movement or the GOP.

2. Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) could have had far more damaging statements as speaker than his Benghazi remark. Sometimes avoiding a poor choice is the best option.


3. Maybe, just maybe, outside right-wing voices will realize there is a price to be paid for obstruction.


4. This may energize more reasonable members to stand up to the Freedom Caucus and, if need be, bring legislation to the floor that will pass with Democratic votes.

5.  For now, and perhaps for the budget showdown, John Boehner (R-Ohio) remains speaker. He seems to be the most competent grown-up around.

6.  The display of juvenile disruption may encourage some sobriety among GOP voters as they consider presidential candidates. Really, you need people to keep the lights on and who know how to work with others.

7.  As per No. 6, it reminds Republicans that the Freedom Caucus members are Sen. Ted Cruz’s audience. Again, we need responsible people in office.

8.  Perhaps the “establishment” slur will be embraced as a moniker designating responsible, capable leadership.

9.  Heritage Action and other Beltway racketeers who make money off of defeat and a sense of victimhood won’t be able to use McCarthy’s election as another excuse to fundraise.

10. It’s a really good reason to come up with a budget deal to get us through the end of the Obama presidency.