There is winning and losing strategy, but, because of its nature, all strategy has a flaw.
The flaw in the GOP’s strategy was in the means it actually had in re-opening the government. It turned out, when it came to doing something instead of being something (a Congressman in the House of Representatives) the GOP had nothing to “do”.
The GOP had wanted to open only those parts of the government that was needed, but ended up wanting to open all parts of the government.
You may ask, why did they want to open all parts of the government? Because, like faith-based domestic programs, they need all parts of the government to make it work.
I grant you it is a minor flaw, but devastating if you are a member of the House Republicans.
There is another Wingnut, waiting to take your seat, even nuttier than you, and you just gave him/her your seat.
Signed, The People