As leaders on Capitol Hill continue to try and hammer out a deal with less than 15 hours to go before the "fiscal cliff," damage has already been done.
In fact, as we noted Tuesday morning, even before both sides reach an agreement (or fail to), public opinion about the procrastination has already set in.
Case in point: This chart at the tail end of the debt-ceiling debate, conducted right up to the deadline. It comes from GOP pollster Bill McInturff, and it details one-word reactions to the debt negotiations:
It's a virtual thesaurus of insults.
And we should expect the same (or worse) this time around.