Federalism was not served, because the Libs are shameless. Gridlock in this case does not serve federalism. It serves an existing status quo that was shoved down the throats of the entire nation due to a narrow lead in the legislature and a complicit president that lasted less than two years.
Because the rules have already been applied, illegally I think, in Obamacare, gridlock is BAD! And because we will likely lose the Court, gridlock is an indirect validation of a one time tyrannical act by a willfully arrogant government that only existed for about 19 months.