In a political era more known for conflict than compromise, the two-year budget deal that retiring Speaker John A. Boehner reached with President Obama came as something of a surprise.
But it shouldn't have.
Ever since Obama and Congress agreed to deep "sequester" cuts to end the first standoff with Boehner's Republican House in 2011, almost all sides have tried to undo them.
With Obama signing the budget package into law, lawmakers and the White House have succeeded once again in staving off the harshest reductions and averting a credit default by raising the debt ceiling.
For Boehner, who leaves office Friday, his chief regret was the failure to reach a...