Maybe the Rs are not as dumb as they often appear? The House passed the continuing resolution to keep the govt from shutting down at the end of the month. At first I thought that was another white flag they were waving. However, the result of passing the continuing resolution means that those sequester budget cuts now have "flexibility" so that each dept affected can put the cuts where they will inflict the LEAST pain, rather than the WH hopes of inflicting the MOST pain. Now the dept heads (a lot of whom would be partisan appointees) will have to take responsibility for how they handle their depts' cuts in spending? With this kind of flexibility, will the voters allow Napolitano to release more detainees without taking more flak for doing so?
Also, since the WH announced that the POTUS' budget would arrive at Congress on 3/25 (when Congress starts its spring recess on 3/22), this will give the Senate plenty of time to vote on the CR. My best guess would be that the Senate doesn't want a govt shutdown to loom as they head home for their vacations?