It seems many Washington observers are interpreting their silence is a reason to believe no deal was reached, but on the other hand many in Washington also believed that we were on the brink of a deal at the beginning of last week—so I'm not sure their collective judgment is worth all that much.
After returning to the Capitol Building, House Minority leader Nancy Pelosi did say the meeting had been constructive and that she was now waiting to see what House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell would come back with. McConnell, for his part, wouldn't answer questions and Speaker Boehner left the meeting without returning to his office. (Must have been beer-thirty.)1:59 PM PT:
2:08 PM PT: Actually seems to me that silence after the meeting means that nobody is trying to score a political hit on anyone else. Doesn't mean a deal is imminent, but unless we see some fireworks from one of the participants, I'd take it as a sign that they are trying to see if they can rustle together the votes to get something passed. What exactly that might be, I have no idea. But if talks truly collapsed, I'd expect to see jockeying very soon.
2:10 PM PT: President Obama will address the "cliff" talks at 5:45 PM ET. We'll post a live video feed and update throughout.2:15 PM PT: 2:17 PM PT:
2:18 PM PT: Hahaha: