As late as this afternoon, the Tea-Bagger gang in the House (which includes the smarmy, opportunistic Eric Cantor) still stamped their feet and blubbered that they deserved to get their way.
Fortunately, the President and the nation has had enough of this infantile posturing and brinksmanship. The defeat of several tea-bagger loudmouths in the last election, and the newly-respected polls showing strong national sentiment against the GOP, could not be ignored by all House Republicans.
The fiscal deal, close to what the President desired, is done. It averts the huge "sequesters" of government spending that would depress economic activity and takes the first steps to restoring a reasonable tax system in this nation.
The tea-baggers have been absent or impotent in this discussion. It is apparent that the self-appointed spokespersons for the "real America" are not capable of furthering or completing the most basic requirements of government.
On a political level, one is glad to see that the obstructionists and fundamentalists who hindered national recovery for the past years are made irrelevant by the qualities they cherish -dogmatism, bigotry, and disregard for facts.
On a moral level, one is delighted to see the disempowerment of nativist, know-nothing, racists who reflect the underlying ideology of the Tea-Bagger Gangs.
I don't pretend that tea-bagger ignorance and obfuscation has ended or been healed, but I do rejoice that many of the ill effects of the Congress-determined "fiscal cliff" have been averted for the time being.