I don't understand why this isn't bigger news: the day before the shutdown, the Republicans changed the rules so that only the Republican majority leader could call a vote to re-open the government.
Previously, any house member could call such a vote, but the GOP realized that it might not have enough votes in their ranks to keep the government shut down (indeed, they now officially don't), so they changed the rules so that even if a bipartisan majority of the house wanted to re-open the government, they could not do so unless Eric Cantor chose to call the vote.
They changed to rules specifically to allow the party leader to keep the government shut as long as they like.
How the actual fuck is that democracy? And how the actual fuck do the Republicans still get to play the aggrieved party that just wants to negotiate -- and many, many of their followers still believe them?