“We went in with a very weak set of cards, with  people up for re-election,” said one Democratic senator, one of several lawmakers who requested anonymity to assess Schumer’s performance frankly…
Another Democratic senator said almost every local news channel he spoke to over the weekend began its interview with the same question, “Why did Democrats shut down the government?”
A third Democratic senator said it was an unwinnable battle from the start because the GOP funding measures included a six-year extension of a children’s healthcare program, a top Democratic priority.
“You can’t win. McConnell used craven politics by pitting on group of children versus another,” the third lawmaker said.