This infuriating headline leads to an article full of bluster and bullshit. It is classic Cillizza! The Dems lost! Dems are getting their butts kicked!
Yeah, whatever, man.
Do you know what does NOT appear in this article? You can read it for yourself.
The fact that Democrats funded the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for the next six years does not factor into his "analysis." The fact that this will keep kids alive means nothing to CNN's vaunted political insider and analyst. This is no minor thing. For someone with his platform to not know the significance of funding CHIP until well past the 2020 election is huge.
Why do they employ this hack? Oh, that's right. Stupid bloggers like me click on his articles. Got it.
Cillizza makes no mention of this significant policy achievement. Taking CHIP away from the GOP as a hostage means that everything they negotiate from here on in will focus on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). This is actually great strategy, because, between now and the 2018 Mid-Term elections, the Republicans can be painted as bigots and racists for deporting the Dreamers.
In any negotiation, you're not going to get everything you want. In Washington D.C., you're never going to completely run the table and get all of your policy goals in one fell swoop. Mature people understand that what you get is the best deal available, and you can build on that and keep negotiating and keep pushing. That's what happened today.
Cillizza has no idea what CHIP is and why it is significant. His pathetic screed doesn't even cover it. He thinks the entire thing was about DACA. What a boob.