What passes for success in divided Washington? Congressional Republicans and the Obama White House have agreed to avoid yet another budget showdown at the end of the month. The prospects are good for extending the continuing resolution under which the federal government currently operates, Washington unable to approve an actual budget.
Trouble is, this modest success highlights the larger failure, captured most recently by the unnecessary and sure-to-slow-the-economy sequester. When it comes to fiscal matters, Washington has lost touch with an essential element of governing, compromise, too many in the House Republican caucus, especially, unwilling to accept the often required half of a loaf.