finally seem to have paid attention. While one might hope for more than "backing down" and "conceding," they did still manage to cooperate.
Eighteenth Century writer and philosopher Voltaire said "I do not agree with what you have to say, but I'll defend to the death your right to say it." It's as fine a summation of democracy as I can imagine. If you're going to devote your life and works to such a concept, as all those people with their fingers in their ears presumably have, it's a relief to know you can still honor the idea of cooperating for a bigger cause over the idea of just being right.