Will the deal pass the House and Senate? Will the American people be given some political peace, budget stability and an example of cooperation they can show their children? It’s possible. I’m ever the optimist. If John Boehner, Mitch McConnell, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid have the will, this compromise will become law.
Folks, it’s not perfect. Too many innocent people will continue to suffer. Too many unemployed Americans will feel the pain during the holidays: 1.3 million Americans will lose unemployment insurance on Dec. 28, and more than 3 million will lose it in 2014 if Congress does nothing. I hope we can keep up the pressure.
I fight cynicism in this job, dear reader. But, I’ve got to say, “Fiscal Cliff” is not a re-run I want to watch this holiday season.
Donna Brazile is a senior Democratic strategist, a political commentator and contributor to CNN and ABC News, and a contributing columnist to Ms. Magazine and O, the Oprah Magazine.