"When you think how far things have moved in the last six months, they won. Why can’t they accept that fact? Purity is fine in theory, but they seem wedded to the impossible," - historian Richard Norton Smith on the Tea Party's impact on the debt debate.
Harry Reid's last-minute proposal is a perfect reflection of this. But the point, it seems to me, of far right radicalism is never to cut a deal with anyone. It's performance art, not politics.