Thank God that's over!
The odd Washington "centrist" obsession with solving a problem that does not exist known as the quest for the "grand bargain" has been declared dead, according to Mark Schmitt in the New Republic:
Now that it’s past, it’s time to ask what that was all about. Why, when jobs and growth were the urgent crisis, did deficit projections far into the future, and the grand bargain, have such a hold on Washington’s attention? And why did it fizzle?