The grand bargain the nation needs probably will not be reached in the next few days.
Somewhere along the way, too many leaders in Washington lose sight of the people they went there to serve. They become jaded politicians worried more about party loyalty, embarrassing the other side and re-election than about their constituents.
They become willing to let the nation crash over a fiscal cliff that will likely drive a fragile economic recovery back into recession as part of some grand political game. Partisans on both sides believe the cliff could benefit them politically, the effects on real people be damned.