Nothing new here, but it's worth emphasizing again where the Democrats did go wrong:
1. Failing to pass appropriations for FY 2011 when they had large majorities in Congress;
2. Failing to pass a large debt ceiling increase when they had large majorities in Congress;
3. Failing to even consider acting on DC Statehood when they had the votes to do it in 2009 (relevant here because apparently the tradeoff for saving ACA, EPA, and Planned Parenthood was allowing screw-the-District riders to survive).
Yes, the historic 111th Congress got a lot done, and much of what Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi did was impressive. But Democrats should have realized that the 111th was a rare opportunity to act and sacrificed district campaigning time and other competitors for (mostly) Senate floor time, and maximized the time spend passing their agenda. It was a clear, true, mistake, an unforced error, and the Democrats (and their constituency groups) are paying for it now.