We don’t know all the details of the negotiations between Mitch McConnell and the White House which apparently are closing in on an agreement, but one thing is clear, Harry Reid has become a sideshow.

The master of the Senate was left to denouncing Mitch McConnell as, basically, a liar for saying an agreement was close and there had been progresss, only hours later to announce that a vote on Reid’s futile bill would be postponed for 12 hours at the request of the White House.  Reid was left looking like the only guy in the room who didn’t know.

McConnell went around Reid, as had John Boehner, and there was nothing Reid could do about it.

Whatever else these negotiations yield, the end of Harry Reid as we know it is one positive outcome.