Democrats might disagree this is worth celebrating, at least right now. It blocked a lot of their favored legislation.
But that tune will undoubtedly change some day when Republicans win back the Senate.
The empowering of minority parties through the filibuster is, according to longtime congressional aide and Senate expert Martin B. Gold, exactly how things were designed to work, even though the Founders never specified the rules under which the Senate, or the House, for that matter, should govern themselves.