12/15/2010 10:19 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

Liberals Gained Steam While Losing The Fight

Liberals may feel that the compromise negotiated by President Barack Obama is a kick in the teeth, but the debate over Bush-era tax cuts has offered progressives a needed rallying point the month after devastating election losses, re-energizing a depressed Democratic base and allowing liberal groups to boost membership and raise tens of thousands of dollars in recent days.

They have also discovered a new hero: Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), the outspoken socialist who temporarily held the Senate's tax debate hostage last week by refusing to stop talking or sit down for 8 hours and 36 minutes.

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