National Journal's Matt Cooper says that despite White House spokesman Jay Carney's assertion that there were no winners and losers over the debt ceiling and Obamacare scuffle, there's some of each from a conservative perspective. Here's some excerpts from Cooper's take:
Ted Cruz (Winner) – Cruz is trying to be America's conservative leader and for now he's arguably that guy. Today, Cruz may look like a kid who pulled the fire alarm, ruining the prom. But in a few months he may just look like the country's most vocal critic of the Affordable Care Act.
Barack Obama (Loser) – ...[T]he president said that he wouldn't negotiate – and a negotiated ceasefire is what we ended up with.
John Boehner (Loser) – ...Poor guy looks weak. Even worse, there's no one poised to take over so he's stuck. The irony is that with the far right being discredited, the odds of a coup against Boehner seem more remote than ever.
Joe Biden (Loser) – ...When the clock approached midnight last year and a shutdown nearly came, he teamed up with his old Senate colleague Mitch McConnell to forge a deal that passed the GOP-led house. This time he wasn't to be seen.
The Reasonable Caucus (Losers) – You have to admire all those reasonable Republicans who the Cruz ship would crash. John McCain, Susan Collins, Peter King, Bob Corker – they all smelled the disaster early and did yeoman's work to try and stave it off... [Note - this group includes Illinois' Senator Mark Kirk]
Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell (Winners) – Each is about as likable as a teacher giving detention...
Republican Governors (Winners) – ... [E]very Republican governor who harbors presidential aspirations, whether it's Christie, John Kasich, Bobby Jindal, or others, looks like Churchill compared to this crowd...
Kathleen Sebelius (Loser) – Her clumsiness made the GOP demand to delay ObamaCare seem reasonable.