Most analysts that predicted the failure of the much vaunted US congressional super-committee on deficit reduction predicted failure because 'nothing gets done' in DC anymore.
But what is the postmodern view? That tells us that nothing political happens by accident or mistake. (Why? check out Foucault's concept of 'productive power).
Ergo, this recent political 'failure' could be read as a success. How? Well one problem it helps solve is the overly strong dollar, which will hurt exports and what few decent jobs are left in the USA. US Treasuries have just been too hot lately. (Frankly EU and the US trade back on forth on this in a game of chicken over who has the least valued major currency).
This failure also brings back attention to DC and the drama of feuding parties and a President seeking a path to success. Nothing is worse than seeming irrelevant. It's good for the national media too which lacked good stories for pundits to chat up.
Sounds like a win to me. Might even be good for Main Street too. Economists say deep cuts will throw USA into a depression.