Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell's reward for his deal with Democrats to lift the default threat: a burst of oxygen for his tea party primary challenger.
That would be Matt Bevin, a 46-year-old investment executive who has aligned himself with Sen. Ted Cruz's challenge to Obamacare. Bevin dismisses warnings from Wall Street and elsewhere about a default, as well as polls showing that the shutdown was a disaster for the Republican Party.
"There was no threat of default," Bevin said at his campaign headquarters outside Louisville, Ky. "Many of these things are Chicken Little-like, the sky is falling, when in fact that's not the case."
"I understand exactly what polls are telling us, but you have to look at the source of those," Bevin said. Referring to the hero's welcome Cruz recently received in Texas, he added, "I also see the very man who supposedly was responsible for this hurting just received an eight-minute standing ovation when he went home to his state."