The Democratic half has been chosen. Not exactly a group of compromisers. The Republicans will almost certainly follow suite (not that the Republican choices would be different if they went first). What are the odds on reaching a deal?
"That’s precisely what we need to reach a grand bargain. Hard-left dial tone Patty Murray and a guy who spent the past Sunday muttering in front of TV cameras about a “tea-party downgrade.” Bonus fun fact about Murray via Amanda Carpenter: She’s the head of the DSCC this election cycle, which means there ain’t no way no how no chance she’s signing off on any deal that involves even minor Medicare reform.
Not sure what to make of Baucus, though."