The government shutdown ended — at least temporarily — so the two sides could negotiate on border security. It's nonsense, of course. Pelosi and Co. has made it abundantly clear before, during and since the shutdown: There will be no border wall funding, period.
They are mandated to take this extremist position because it is the extremists who control the Democratic Party today.
But they're also emboldened to take this position because they know they can count on the media to give them the airtime they need.
This isn't rocket science. The media have always covered shutdowns in the same exact way. It is always the fault of conservatives hell-bent on national chaos, affording the elites to expand their wealth and power at the expense of the poor and downtrodden, etc., etc., etc.
Given this reality, GOP "moderates" (Why aren't they liberals?) head for the tall grass, egged on by political consultants who are governed by nothing but their hunger for consultancy contracts.