The U.S. debt crisis was political theater at its best. All the elements of a Shakespearean drama were there: suspense, the soaring rhetoric, the grand entrances and exits of key protagonists. Unfortunately, however, the final act sent everyone home disappointed. A last-minute bipartisan deal - long expected to resolve the debate and lift the financial markets - did anything but.

Shakespeare knew there are some sticky situations when you must summon an outside force, a deus ex machina, to clean up the stage and finish the play. Shakespeare brought in the outsider Fortinbras to restore Denmark after the sorry mess created by Hamlet.

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