Well, maybe not as much of a disappointment as an opportunity. The question will be whether Senate Democrats are willing to bargain away a tool they will very much need if returned to the minority just to get Obama’s DC circuit judicial picks shoved past Republican opposition next year.
Anybody who thinks this will stop them is nuts.
The Democrats have proven more than willing to take short term hits to achieve long term goals. For instance, I don’t see what would stop them from invoking the “nuclear option” in order to get these judges appointed, and then putting it back into effect before the end of the term, if polls indicate they would lose the Senate.