So far it has only been political theatre. Why you would expect anything else surprises me. In the end they will continue down the same road, doing the very same things that have placed the country in this position, and the outcome will still be what we have long suspected.
This, I believe at any rate, demonstrates clearly that the system no longer cares for anything other than control up to the point to where we all go over the fiscal cliff together—they've done nothing to avert it and an plausible argument can be offered for their actually working to bring it to pass. That said, has CONgress, or the entire federal government for that matter, become merely ushers?