You have to wonder about this rich man's tax package that just sailed through the Senate. At least our two Senators, Bingaman and Udall, showed some courage in voting against it. But you need to stop an analyze this whole thing from the Presidential politics game.
This deal may have been the best Obama could have ever gotten, but he should have made the republicans bleed a lot more. I think that Bingaman and Udall did the right thing in this largely symbolic gesture.