I believe independents and moderates of both parties won the recent budget crisis debate.
If we didn't learn a lesson from the past two administrations, these groups surely should have learned it from this debate. Hopefully, what has been learned is that when one party is in total control, the extreme policies of either party will dominate.
It was unfathomable that this budget debate almost came unraveled over the continued funding of Planned Parenthood. We can expect similar posturing when it comes time to raise the debt ceiling. I believe government in this country can only work with serious compromises being made. Another winner might have been President Barack Obama, because his re-election might be the only way to prevent one-party control.
This is from someone who is a fiscal conservative and a social moderate.
Sun City Hilton Head