Above all, beyond who gets what or if their long-term deficit reduction is meaningful, here's what's significant about what they did:
- Both parties are increasingly held hostage or influenced by their extreme wings. Yet a senator from the relatively fiscally conservative state of Wisconsin can open a dialogue with a colleague from the relatively liberal state of Washington, outside of the aegis or approval of their party leaders. They were able to talk, recognize their constraints, and come up with a proposal that hewed to their own ideas while not rejecting outright the platforms of their party leaders.
- They shared the stage, although I wish that Senator Murray had really added more of her own voice from the podium.
- Their actions proved that gridlock and all the other epithets describing our woes are cover for the extreme views of a very small entrenched leadership of both parties. If they are able to quash the efforts of their own colleagues, American voters may eventually wake up to where the problem lies.