There are no photographs of the two sides released to the press from today. That is another reason why I believe the deal is basically done. When things get quiet, and the leaks stop, then you know people are under orders to wait and not leak. Why?
Because you will (as a lower level aid) get your A$$ handed to you if you leak too much when a deal is almost done. The Big Boys want the credit. The two sides will NEVER hold a joint press conference on something like this. That is reserved for war time or when Washington wants to present a "united front" to the world. No, in this case there will be two press conferences.
One by the Republicans (claiming victory) and one by the Democrats (claiming victory).
HOWEVER - because this deal has things in it both sides hate, expect muted enthusiasm.
It also has to be voted on. But, once the public buys off on it, they votes will be there.
I’ve always said when/if SS had to be trimmed (or cut, or reduced, or COLA reduced - pick your term), it should be when a Dem is president so they should have to take the heat. Back when Bush tried any SS reform back in 05, he had his head handed to him.
When something bad has to be done, make the other side take the heat for it.