Sen. Gordon Smith of Oregon said Democrats could have gotten several more Republican votes if they had not forced senators to remain at work through the night and squandered the moment by holding photo-ops of rollaway beds being brought into the Capitol.
"Clearly this was more about theater than getting votes. There was some big speeches and a lot of small actors in the end," Smith said. "But I don't want to minimize the importance of the debate. ... I can think of a number of colleagues that were gettable, but because of the unnecessary tactics like staying up all night, it hardened them."
Certainly a party that knows how to lose a war, and keep on losing.