Sixteen days of government shutdown. An endless sound-bite tug of war. Negotiations that had less intellectual substance than a debate over who could bench more, the Hulk or the Thing.
It's all over.
Late last night, at the 23rd hour, Congress finally hammered together a deal to jump-start the government and reset the debt limit, a move that avoids government default and puts half a million furloughed government employees back to work.
Today, get ready for a lot of warm, fuzzy post-ops on moving forward from the whole kerfuffle. But, lest we forget too quickly, let us point out that a good handful of congressional Republicans didn't have the stones to take off their Tea Party hats and do what was right for the American people yesterday.