Two hours after the "deadline," the Senate passed a bill preventing automatic middle class tax hikes from taking effect, and forestalling other feared consequences of going over the fiscal cliff. I'm going to leave analysis of the terms of the deal to others. And I will not second guess the negotiators on either side. I happen to think that is extremely poor form.
It makes you wonder why Congress has been fighting over this basic budget question so hard and for so long. Why was it so hard to patch together the kind of solution that was basically baked into the cake at the time of the budget impasse of 2011?