Anyway, the Democrats aren't reaching 60 seats. Odds of it reaching 58+ is very slim, but within the realms of theoretical possibility.
While Democrats might be saddened by this news, I think that's a good thing. Regardless of what I think of the current crop of Republicans, our system is based on checks and balances. If you go too far, there needs to be someone else with the power to reign you in. I argued against the nuclear option back when the Republicans tried to shut down the Democrats back in 2005. Blocking the Republicans from fillibustering in 2009 is would have the same stifiling effect.
I want Obama (and the congress) to govern from the center and focus on being non-partisan, so naturally I don't want one party stonewalling the other, regardless if it's fillibustering or preventing the minority party from expressing their concerns.
Sounds like Democracy in action.
(Although, I'm really looking forward to seeing what the Democrats do about Leiberman's committee chairs. The guy endorsed McCain and spoke at the RNC for christ's sake. I understood why the Democrats tolerated him to get the 51-49 Cheny-proof seats in the Senate, however the Democratic gains in the Senate eliminates the need to treat Joe Leiberman like "one of the guys". My guess is that other Democrats are going to enjoy being the chairmen of several commitees he was in charge of.)