Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D/MD)

*Democrats are continuing to rail against President Obama’s tax deal with the GOP-though, don’t expect them to put their money where their mouth is when it’s time to vote.

“Our guys got taken to the cleaners,” said Rep. Chris Van Hollen, complaining in particular about an estate-tax extension.

Why the widespread dissatisfaction, especially when Democrats arguably got more out of the deal than Republicans did? Ezra Klein writes:

“The problem is less the specifics of the deal … than the way in which it was reached. Put simply, Obama and the Democrats didn’t fight for them. There were no veto threats or serious effort to take the case to the public. Instead, the White House disappeared into a closed room with the Republicans and cut a deal that they’d made no effort to sell to progressives.”

Read the full story at The Washington Post.