Re: "The leadership vacuum in Washington is appalling. Legislative and Executive."
Not quite sure you are correct in assessing an equal share of blame here, nobeach. The Republicans are probably lucky there is a Fiscal Cliff. If not for that the Repub extreme right looks like it would no doubt be out in a panic frenetically looking for the nearest cliff of any kind over which to lemming like take their Party. And they still may do that, as well, even after we do go over the Fiscal Cliff.
Like the Paris Peace talks-shoulda locked in a room-no windows, no water, no bathroom until they had a plan-instead we got-how many months to pick a table and place cards? Fiscal cliff works for someone!