Here's what went down: At midnight, New Year's Eve, Butch McConnell and the Sundance Biden almost jumped off the fiscal cliff like in the movie. But instead they compromised and kicked a can and Grover Norquist over the edge.
Why did the American people have to suffer months of agonizing suspense? Why couldn't Biden and McConnell have gotten together a long time ago? Because it took time for Joe to figure out a way to make Senator McConnell likeable -- a daunting task, indeed.
By 1:00 am, they raised taxes on millionaires. The Democrats could not resist piling on Mitt Romney one more time. By 2:00 am the senators were so tired they forgot to raise their own pay. That's not tired -- that's comatose.
With time running out, the Senate bill went over to the House. As the nation held its breath the House first took up the Drywall Safety Bill!
In the end, the Senate bill passed the House. After months of plowing through this fiscal manure pile, they found no pony -- only an estimated $137 reduction of the $4 trillion deficit.
Since it was still New Years. the members joined in singing Auld Lang Syne: "For old acquaintance be forgot -- let's shake hands and just be friends. Till we meet again in two more months and scare the people once again."