It’s natural for the GOP to dismiss the facts in favor of misreading the entrails of a temporary congressional gain which will be reversed in 2012. But it’s stupid, a sign of panic, and a pathetic and depressing picture, to see Democrats joining in.

The next step [for President Obama] is to consistently push for jobs and growth. The president may not pass his bill — the odds are against it — but you can bet he won’t be a prisoner of Republican intransigence. Obama is a fourth quarter player. And the fourth quarter has come. It’s time for the crybaby chorus to leave the critic’s row and get in the game. The president will do his part. And then his victory in the 2012 election will be remembered long after his phony defeat in a peculiar special election fades into a footnote.