WASHINGTON (CNN) - The 230-189 vote in the Republican-led House of Representatives on Friday to fund the government, with the exception of Obamacare, triggered a not-so-welcome déjà vu march toward a possible government shutdown.
While the measure's passage was expected, here are five less-expected things we learned as a result:
1. Destroying Obamacare is more popular in the House than Speaker John Boehner.
2. The threat of a government shutdown didn't matter. Yet.
The House now has taken a much-publicized 42 votes to limit or stop Obamacare, but this was the first time an anti-Obamacare measure was glued to a must-pass funding measure. Even so, no Republican or Democrat changed their vote to avoid a shutdown showdown. The two Democrats who voted with Republicans, Reps. Jim Matheson, D-Utah, and Rep. Mike McIntyre, D-North Carolina, have repeatedly voted to repeal Obamacare.
3. The threat of more budget cuts did matter.
To one congressman. Rep. Scott Rigell, R-Virginia, was the only Republican to break ranks and vote against the House spending and anti-Obamacare measure. His office told CNN that he voted no because he wants future budget cuts rolled back. His Virginia Beach district is heavily dependent on military, especially Navy, funding.
4. The U.S. Copyright Office, for God's sake.
The anti-shutdown game (a passive-aggressive version of the blame game) entered its next phase on Friday: members of both parties bent over backward to praise programs they say shouldn't be harmed - the troops, National Park Service, etc. But this took an unexpectedly dramatic, and vaguely hipster, turn when Rep. Peter Visclosky, D-Indiana, stepped to the podium.
"What about the U.S. Copyright Office?" he boomed. "For God's sake, what is there to fight over in funding the Copyright Office?"
The U.S. Copyright Office is small enough so that when contacted, a supervisor counted the number of employees by hand from a list. (It is under 400.) The head of the agency, Register Maria Pallante, told CNN the shout-out was a wonderful surprise to an office where she says stress from past budget cuts and future uncertainty is palpable.
"The whole office is very grateful," she said.
5. Nancy Pelosi wants to limit government.
In her fiery remarks on the floor on Friday, the Democratic leader cast Republicans as bent on destroying government. But those closely listening heard an interesting nugget about her views, too. "We're not here to expand government but we're not here to eliminate government." Pelosi, D-California, said. "If the idea is to limit government, let's work together to do that."
This general view is not new for Pelosi. She has repeatedly said, "we don't want more government than we need." But putting out a call for limited government in a marquee debate highlights the conservative shift, even among Democrats, on the size of government.