Certainly the 95% of us who work for a living or who are retired living on fixed (or meagerly indexed to increase by inflation) incomes are not winners. We have paid a real price. The economy is the poorer because of the Republican Rant. Employment has not advanced because of the Republican Rant. There has been NO really meaningful change to the Affordable Care Act, which was the goal of the Republican Rant. The only result of the Reupublican Rant was the loss of millions and millions of dollars to the economy; that furloughed Federal employees get back pay will NOT make up for what was not spent across the country while the Tea Pary Republicans ranted on. Fits of opposition to laws and issues do NOT constitute the busines and employment to which Congress has been elected. If any of the rabidly anti-American Tea Party are re-elected it will testify only to the ignorance of their electorate.
The Republican Ranters have “lived to fight another day” but they are alive for a brief fit of rancor. They will be defeated when the populace awakens.
President Obama won the political battle, but no one else comes out ahead. That is a victory, although the war continues to determine just what kind of USA in which we want our citizenship to abide. I for one want nothing to do with the Fascism of the Republican Right and their ‘christian. creationist, global-warming denying, anti-human-rights, anti-underclass’ pols.