You might not believe this, but a budget deal has been struck in Congress.
More amazing, it was Democrat Patty Murray and Republican Paul Ryan who hammered out the details.
No one is happy -- and that's the point.
Interestingly enough, House Speaker John Boehner blasted conservative politicians and their backers for denouncing it before it was even released.
In doing so, Boehner admitted publicly what, according to conservative Washington Post columnist Kathleen Parker, he has apparently believed privately -- the political right should shoulder the blame for gridlock in Washington. And he's right.
The biggest problem with the tea-party movement, among the folks that Boehner criticized, is and always has been that it expects political goals but not to be involved in the process. Politics by definition means compromise -- which to ideological purists represents surrender.
But you can't run a government that way.
It remains to be seen if this means the end of the partisan war, but at least the budget deal might serve as a start.