The truth is it's extremely hard to evaluate these things even when everything is done and public
The White House strategy may be more than just a feckless cave -- there may be a rationale for it, after all.
Democrats seem to be settling for a smaller deal.
Democrats believe they still hold the leverage, and see no percentage in throwing a lifeline to the House Speaker.
Dems pass the first test of whether they can remain united on the debt ceiling
If liberals want real reform, they need to press hard -- now.
The White House and Obama's political operation may need to get involved in the push for filibuster reform. Will they?