Basically, Obama shut down the gov't to stop the GOP from making any change to a law he had to change a week later. He's delaying the deadline to buy insurance because House D's fear retaliation in the 2014 midterms.
The establishment's defeatism hasn't been lost on the conservative base. We've been waiting for the GOP to do something about Obamacare. But the R's can’t shake their pessimism to permanently defund it. Voters who may sit out the 2014 midterms.