It seems clear to me that clever and cynical conservatives were able to take advantage of liberal drowsiness following the democratic surge that elected Barack Obama as president of the United States of America . There are two different types of obvious things - one is for Liberals and one is for Conservatives.
Democrats believe that now is the time to enact universal Health Care and jobs legislation while fighting wars in Iraq and Afghanistan . Cynical Republicans, noted that this might be the time to seize the moment and elect a Republican senator who might change the odds and make it possible for a filibuster to be revived again. This could kill the Democrat super majority. I think this is not as bad as it looks. Yes Republicans were able to take advantage Democrat complacency. But bring the Democrat universal Health Care bill up for a vote and let there be a Republican filibuster. this could very well expose the cynicism of the opponents and allow all to see who is responsible for paring down and crippling this legislation. Democrat willingness to concede and retreat from obdurate positions has not won a presidential win.