WASHINGTON, DC (NBC NEWS) --As the National Zoo reopened and the White House lawn was mowed Friday, the fallout from the shutdown was evident.
That could empower President Obama in upcoming battles, or hamper him with increased partisanship,
making a longterm deal on the budget and on immigration even more difficult.
Senate Republican Leader Mitch Mcconnell, who worked with Democrats to avoid default, is now being targeted by conservatives who backed his primary opponent and vowed no compromise on the big issue.
The shutdown also tipped another election more toward a Democrat, Terry Mcauliffe, now with an eight point lead in the Virginia governor's race.