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Well, surprise, surprise:

Senate leaders on Wednesday announced a bipartisan agreement to end the partial government shutdown and raise the debt ceiling, teeing up a string of votes expected later in the day. 

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Republican Leader Mitch McConnell announced the “important agreement” on the floor. 

“The eyes of the world have been on Washington all this week and that is a gross understatement,” Reid said. “The compromise we reached will provide our economy with the stability it desperately needs.” 

McConnell lamented that the agreement would not seriously address ObamaCare, but vowed to keep fighting against the law. 

“This is far less than many of us had hoped for, frankly, but it is far better than what some had sought,” he said. 

To paraphrase Sir Walter Scott, “Breathes there the man with soul so dead, who never to himself hath said, I, too, can be a Republican leader?”

The poet continues:

The wretch, concentred all in self,  

Living, shall forfeit fair renown,  

And, doubly dying, shall go down  

To the vile dust from whence he sprung,   

Unwept, unhonour’d, and unsung.

Michael Walsh — Mr. Walsh is the author of the novels Hostile Intent and Early Warning and, writing as frequent NRO contributor David Kahane, Rules for Radical Conservatives.

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