That's MOOT, not mute
You check your watch for incoming messages. You look at your phone to check the time.
So, it has come to this.
[quote] but this little dance had to go all the way because the moderate Republicans are as terrified of the Tea Party as they are of voters.[/quote]
I think this little dance had to go all the way through to sucker enough opportunists into placing orders on Wall Street. Then Wall street looks at their books and moves the market into the direction that they are most likely to profit on aggregate from the orders.
Many people are unenthusiastic about their work.