It wasn't a total loss.
Wisconsin Democrats fell one victory short of retaking control of the state Senate during the summer's recall elections. But they narrowed the GOP advantage to 17-16, meaning that assuming all Democrats support a given measure, all they need is one Republican to break in their favor to have the upper hand.
That's what happened Monday when Republican state Sen. Dale Schultz said he would not support a GOP-backed measure to make it more difficult to recall incumbents.
Democrats and labor activists were disappointed in the larger outcome of the recalls. And with good reason. But here's another reminder that at the level of sausage making, incremental gains can make a difference.
(h/t Daily Kos Elections)