The Beauty of the Backroom Deal

Todd Purdum, Vanity Fair
The most encouraging news in Washington in ages was the word that Barack Obama and John Boehner were talking—by themselves, and to each other—about how to avoid the series of automatic tax increases and spending cuts that could send the country over the so-called fiscal cliff. Boehner went to see the president at the White House last Sunday for their first solo meeting since the November election.It’s about time.Because it’s a truth universally understood—if not universally acknowledged—in the capital these days that absolutely…

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