This was a major win for them. Just like the Patriot Act, FISA, Medicare Part D, No Child Left Behind, and other laws were a major win for Republicans. Why were they "wins?"
Because our Democrats enabled them with their votes. They allowed these Republicans to run roughshod over our democratic process. And they will pay dearly for it at the polls when these independent and moderate voters don't come home as a result of these major capitulations to the teabagger base of the Republican Party.
Here's what we do today:
Don't Mourn, ORGANIZE!
If not, then CALL YOUR LAWMAKER today to urge a NO! vote on the atrocious debt ceiling deal!
I'm from the Democratic wing of the Democratic Party, and I care about the New Deal, which is why I'm organizing today instead of mourning. Get off your asses and CALL today!