Does Anyone Really Care Whether They Cut a Deal Today?
I know I should care because the issues are important. But, given that it's impossible that any deal will even begin to solve our deficit/spending problems (though the tax rate nightmare is very real), I'm having a hard time rousing much interest today.
My attitude goes something like: Whatever. Something right now may be worse than nothing. When it can no longer go on, it won't. Neither Obama nor Reid are seriously concerned about deficits (though they are concerned about maintaining their power). Boehner's a nice guy who can (1) throw in the towel, (2) make a symbolic deal, or (3) tell the president and Reid to stuff it. None of which will produce much of anything (though the final one would be the most enjoyable).