My experience in mediating and settling lots and lots of lawsuits is that often, discord and acrimony seem the sharpest right before an agreement is reached and that deadlines with meaningful consequences, when they become imminent, are what it takes to overpower those emotions.
That seems to have been the case yesterday in Washington. But today, a deal has been announced, at least in the Senate, and even Senator Ted Cruz is signalling he will not filibuster against it.
Will it pass the House? We’ll know later tonight but given that only 17 Republican votes are needed there, it seems likely. “There is no reason for our members to vote no,” Speaker of the House John Boehner said, although he also acknowledged “We fought the good fight, we just didn’t win.” If the Gray Lady is to be believed, not even a delay in taxing medical devices is included. The Paper of Record quotes Lindsey Graham as saying: “We took some bread crumbs and left an entire meal on the table … This has been a really bad two weeks for the Republican Party.” So some sour grapes by conservative advocacy groups are to be expected.
We get to look forward to more of this in December and January since the debt ceiling and operational budgets are only good until then. But for now, the U.S. government seems is at least likely to not only keep paying its debts but to actually open for business again.