Well, it's Jan. 1, and while technically we were over the cliff at the time, the Senate passed a fiscal cliff deal at something like 2am today, by an overwhelming 89-8.
Hopefully House Republicans will save us by deciding they can't stand it, but I expect they'll decide it's OK.
The main reason they'll decide it's OK, in my WAG, is that the deal doesn't get rid of the sequester. It doesn't even postpone it for a year. It postpones it for two lousy months.
So we get to do this again at the end of February, almost simultaneously with the debt ceiling. Hell, the GOP could even be magnaminous and pass a clean debt ceiling extension (probably not a very long one, though), and play hostage games with the sequester between now and February 28.
Not only do we get to do this again at the end of February, but we've given up all our leverage on the tax side by agreeing to a deal there.
Given that fact, the provisions of the deal itself are secondary. And aside from the sequester, it's not a great deal; it's a debatable deal. But having to do this all again in two months? Terrible.
Happy new year. Let's party like it's 2011.
Update, January 2: The House has passed the bill, mostly with Democratic votes. I sure hope I'm wrong about the sequester. But if the Republicans weren't planning to weaponize it, so to speak, why would they have bargained for such a short delay, rather than going along with a year's extension of the sequester deadline?
And don't bother calling your Congresscritter, nobody's there to answer the phone:
One thing that bothered me in the midst of all this is that once the shape of the deal was visible, it was virtually impossible to contact one's elected representatives to register an opinion about it. Congress was officially closed for New Year's, even though the Senate had passed a bill in the wee small hours, and the House was busily trying to decide what to do with it. Congresscritters' voicemail boxes were full up, and nobody was there to listen to your voicemails anyway.
And this was happening in the last hours of a lame-duck Congress that had already been re-elected, retired, or been voted out anyway. It was the acme of unaccountability.