2. Your basic "good cop-bad cop" play. Collins, Murkowski and Ayotte had acquired a whole lot of influence, with minimal political capital expenditure. And while they may be "moderates" from the mass-media POV, just comparing their cool, professional conduct with the behavior of Harry Reid and Co will probably give the all-important independent voter some thoughts Democrats most certainly don't want them to have...
3. The Dems also have "established themselves" - again - as the party unwilling or incapable of taking the debt issue seriously.
Our temporary inability to get really close to some historical monuments in DC is horrible, just horrible. But we will eventually get over it. I believe in our strength as a nation.
The annoyance will fade, but the really important questions will remain unanswered. And the ("tea-party", libertarian) Republicans at least will be able to claim that they have asked the questions - loudly and rudely (sorry about that), because they had no room or time for more refined behavior.
bullying and extortion?....what's wrong with using accurate and factual terms?... why do you Democrat insist on hyperbole?
negotiations would have headed all of this off before it came to a shutdown.... Democrats, very publicly, said " hell no" to negotiating on anything at all..that is a matter of record.
Democrats don't seem to share your belief that negotiations are acceptable... in fact ,they found them completely unacceptable in this particular case.
as for "democratic elections",..well, i'm not sure what that is supposed to mean... everybody involved in this fight was democratically elected
in any event, the GOP got nothing out of this, not even table scraps, and Democrats got their way.... that's just fact.
that's the way it has gone for 5 years now....