Biden, McConnell came out well on fiscal cliff

Like the final votes to avoid the fiscal cliff, the lists of the winners and losers were bipartisan, at least in the view of Washington Post blogger Chris Cillizza. The winners in the deal included Vice President Joe Biden (in photo) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, key negotiators in the final days. Losers included House Speaker John Boehner and Congress in general. Lawmakers’ “idea of compromise is agreeing on a date sometime in the future when they will – seriously this time – make the hard decisions,” wrote Cillizza. He named President Obama both a winner and a loser for beating the Republicans on the messaging until Monday’s “off-key” campaign-style “event with ‘middle class’ citizens.”