There is considerable talk that the federal government may end up being shut down in early October. This is a gift from God to governors like Chris Christie, Scott Walker, Mike Pence and John Kasich. Each of those governors doesn’t have to comment on this and also can say that people like Paul, Rubio, and Cruz are part of the mess in Washington.
If any of those senators take a leadership role that results in the government being shut down, many in the party establishment will also get nervous about supporting them. In fact, if things go really south with the budget showdown it makes the appeal of someone outside D.C. even stronger to a party looking to clean house in Washington.
Much like Syria, the budget showdown is one fight governors are glad they don’t have to take on any time soon.