“The bottom line is that President Obama and Democrats got the confirmations they wanted — just as they planned and intended, regardless of anything Ted Cruz did. As he made clear before it all began, Harry Reid was going to make full use of his last chance to confirm his party’s nominees. It would have made no sense for him to do otherwise.” – Byron York, Washington Examiner, “Did Ted Cruz really bungle the lame-duck session for Republicans?”
Click the above link to read Byron York’s entire argument. I believe it to be valid.