It's pretty clear what was lost in the Great Debt Default and Shutdown Showdown of 2013.

Let's start with weeks of service and productivity, as huge swaths of the federal government ground to a halt. Some might think federal workers, many of whom got three weeks off, were winners, but they still must be paid and most clearly preferred to work and to be paid on time.

Then there was the unquestioned creditworthiness of the United States, which Fitch, mercifully, only put on “rating watch negative” rather than fully downgrading as the agency nearly did and which Standard & Poor did after the debt ceiling crisis in 2011.

And speaking of negative ratings, add to the list the polling favorability of Republicans, which has now plunged to an all-time historical low.

Republicans may say they won a victory by getting requirements for stricter confirmation of eligibility for Obamacare subsidies, but that's a pretty minuscule win.

So what was gained? Well, not the defunding of Obamacare, which was the stated goal of Tea Party activists. And not even a lasting agreement on how to address the nation's leviathan debt. The deal approved in Congress only takes us through Feb. 7, when the debt ceiling would have to be raised again.

No, as President Barack Obama said Thursday, “Let's be clear, there are no winners here.”

Some may say Obama and Democrats won, but it will be a short-lived victory if the nation has to replay this fiasco early next year.


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Yes, we're glad the standoff has ended, if only temporarily. We were disappointed, however, to see that Rep. Doug Lamborn, R-Colorado Springs, voted against the deal. This was irresponsible.

We'd note one small ray of sunshine in all this mess. Colorado Sens. Mark Udall and Michael Bennet were successful in attaching to the budget deal a measure lifting the cap on emergency highway funding the state can receive so that flood-damaged roads can be rebuilt quickly.

At least these two lawmakers turned lemons into highway aid.