The Republicans are not going to win the battle of publicity over this government shutdown. Barack Obama and Harry Reid and their willing accomplices in the media will paint the Republicans as the obstructionists who closed down the government
In fact, according to recent polls, the public doesn't want the government shut down but also doesn't want Obamacare, so the House Republicans, by voting to fund everything except Obamacare, are only doing the public's will. But that's not the way it will be perceived.
It's unfortunate the House didn't just concentrate on stripping members of Congress and the administration of their special healthcare packages and forcing them to accept the same Obamacare that they foisted on the rest of the country. That would have given the public a clear view of how hypocritical our ruling class actually is, and public sentiment would have been overwhelmingly on the side of the Republicans, regardless of media spin.
It's not too late to send such a bill to the Senate; let's hope that's the House Republicans' next move.