No shortage, right?
Final action on the tax deal was obviously pretty important, certainly substantively, and probably politically as well. And, today, we had cloture (and, soon, final passage) of DADT repeal.
Both of these, by the way, fit nicely into "what mattered this week." These were not inevitable events that finally happened to take place over the last seven days; one week ago, neither of these was at all certain. Two weeks ago, they were totally up in the air.
Both, of course, add to the record of the historic 111th Congress. A couple of other things about DADT. One is that I'd want to emphasize that this wasn't a done deal until very late in the game. Barack Obama, Harry Reid, Joe Lieberman, and others deserve quite a bit of credit for this one; I do think that the way this was done, with as much of a public buy-in by the military as possible, really did make a potentially tough vote a much easier one for a large chunk of the Senate. Of course, that's on the politician end; lots of activists, of course, worked hard for years to put this high on the Democrats' agenda.
The second is a fairly obvious point, I guess, but it's worth saying: this issue will now promptly go away, entirely. Oh, we'll have a bit of reporting on implementation, but seriously: does anyone think that Republicans are going to run in 2012 on re-instating DADT? Or, even less plausibly, on re-instating the ban that DADT replaced? Forget it. It's possible to believe that a DADT vote could be used in a GOP primary down the road, but it's utterly implausible to believe that the policy would ever be revived, no matter what happens in the 2012 (or any future cycle) elections.
So, that's some of what mattered this week. What do you have?