I generally take the Republican side in budget battles. I have no problem shutting down the government as part of a fight to reduce the size of government.
But the Republicans are lost and without a goal of any sort. I follow the budget battle closely and even I can't tell you what the Republicans are trying to get any more. They never got their messaging in place, and have leaped almost at random from issue to issue trying to get something out of the shutdown. First it was defunding Obamacare, which was never going to fly, and then it was an Obamacare delay, and then it was.... whatever it is now. I have no idea.
The Republicans are just hanging on trying to save face. Time to cut bait and move on. In fact it was time to do this last week. Take your lumps, let the Left and the media count coup and dance on your grave for a few days, and move the hell on. Gear up to start highlighting the failures in Obamacare. These are so bad they could have people forgetting the budget fight within days.