Republicans Walked Into Obama's TrapYes. President Obama, executing the the most complex eleventy billion dimensional chess move ever attempted by a mere mortal, craftily demanded that Republicans end the government shutdown and avoid default without asking for anything in return. And when Republicans refused, they walked straight into President Obama's trap—a trap which nobody could have possibly seen, and from which there was no easy escape.
His goal was to discredit the GOP before 2014. The defunders fell for it.
Except, of course, the part where they could have decided to not shut down the government or threaten default, and the fact that President Obama had repeatedly urged them over the course of many months to avoid walking down that path.
But other than that, yes, they stumbled straight into Obama's stealthily set trap.