Beyond that, I have just some notes-style comments, some of which are a bit crabby, so I'll put those last (and apologies for the first two points, which I made this morning already -- they go here better):
1. I do think that the big failure here for Obama is the lack of assistance to the states -- first, because it means people are going to lose jobs, and second, because in my totally uncredentialed opinion a state budget meltdown is probably the biggest downside risk out there.
2. And I agree with Mike Konczal that the Democrats should have insisted on a debt ceiling extension, if possible through the 2012 election.
3. That said, beware of anyone who confidently claims that Barack Obama did a lousy job of bargaining at this point. We don't know what more he could have had. I'm more sympathetic to long-range critiques (such as that the Dems could have passed a tax bill in spring 2009), but once you get to a bargaining session, we're going to need to know a lot more than we have now to know how well anyone played their hand.
4. Jonathan Chait is right about uncertainty, but it won't keep Republicans from continuing to pretend they care about uncertainty -- nor will Republicans stop pretending that they care about the deficit.
5. Don't miss a good intra-polisci dispute between John Sides (deal is good because it'll help the economy) and Seth Masket (will it?). I think I disagree with Seth's formulation. He says John's take is "predicated on the idea that maintaining tax cuts for the wealthy will stimulate the economy." I don't think that's right. I think the question is: given that the GOP was willing to cut a deal, how much did the Dems get in return? It's not as if anyone thinks that the upper level tax cuts are going to actively hurt the economy in the short run, right?
6. Here's the nitpicky part, part one. Chait puts way too much emphasis, I think, in the permanence of "permanent" tax cuts. Yes, there are parliamentary reasons to care about it, but really: if Republicans have unified control of government after 2012, does he really think it matters what happens before that?
7. And nitpick, part two. I like the first half of Matt Yglesias's reaction post, and given that he's flying around the world and all this is probably a bit of a cheap shot, but I really hate the ending:
In a non-optimistic vein, though, this is really kind of sad statement on where Washington is at the moment. What you can say in favor of this deal is that it is a kind of expansionary fiscal policy. But if expansionary fiscal policy is the order of the day, then this is a mighty ineffective way to go about. And if the reason we can’t have a real robust jobs program is that deficits are evil, then why on earth is it that we need huge deficit-expanding tax cuts for the children of the hyper-wealthy?C'mon. This isn't a statement about "Washington." "Washington" didn't set the conditions for this deal; in my view, the irresponsible parties here are the Republicans, but if he wants to call out Ben Nelson Democrats, or Barack Obama, or whoever, well, let's have it. Blaming "Washington" for things is what we have people like David Broder for.