The long NRO column by Heather Higgins — “History of a shutdown” — is must reading for those wanting to understand what happened. Heather explains:
The developing narrative, whether on talk radio or in these pages and other publications, about the shutdown fight — who was on what side, what the options were, and what was gained or not — often starts from incorrect premises, based on incomplete or erroneous assumptions. Since we need to understand how we got here if we want to do better, as a team, next time, it’s important to lay out some of the unpublished history.
Whole thing here.