Continetti is guest-blogging for The Post.

Mickey Kaus describes a poor writer suffering from the heartbreak of ”punditism”

“He wakes up every morning believing he must have a full solution for each and every policy problem. Then the policymakers can implement these thoughtful solutions — sort of like pressing a button. Cuts and tax increases! Shared sacrifice! That’s the fair and responsible plan. Where’s my check?”

Most people, writers in particular, have a weakness for the heroic initiative and the grand gesture. But negotiations under a democratic government are going to be messy. Everyone won’t be happy. And it’s almost impossible to get all of the people in the room to agree on long-term priorities and policies. That’s why I think we're headed for a short-term deal on the debt ceiling. Or perhaps no deal at all.