The truth is it's extremely hard to evaluate these things even when everything is done and public
Democrats seem to be settling for a smaller deal.
The President signals to GOP leaders that if we do go over the cliff, he intends to extract maximum political pain for it.
Last night's outcome confirms that House conservatives may not be capable of playing any role in the conversation over how to move the country forward.
Republicans made fools of themselves today, but the underlying situation hasn't changed.
The plan repackages old conservative ideas that the electorate rejected in the 2012 elections.
Democrats believe they still hold the leverage, and see no percentage in throwing a lifeline to the House Speaker.
The President has already given enough ground. No more concessions.
A new nonpartisan analysis of the Speaker's proposal shows how ludicrous it is for Republicans to expect Obama to support it.
John Boehner says Obama must accept the GOP plan, or we'll go over the cliff -- and the president will be blamed. He has things backwards.