Though one party arrived drenched in tears and left in uncontrollable heaving sobs and the other party offered comforting hugs and the usual unilateral offers of compromise there was no budget deal last night.

President Obama emerged from an Oval Office meeting with Congressional leaders on Wednesday night with no breakthrough on the budget stalemate, but he said the 90-minute discussion had helped to “narrow the issues” that are outstanding.

Pretend talks will continue just as soon as Boehner gets rehydrated.