What did pushing it that far accomplish? Effectively nothing. Senator John McCain referred to the episode as a "fool's errand," and I have to agree. However, what would have been worse would have been to allow this episode to continue.
Did they kick the can down the road? Yes, but better than letting it explode in our face. I have the smallest sliver of hope that perhaps the Congress will have been singed enough from this fiasco to work to prevent it at least in the immediate future.
If not, I may have to consider supporting Jesse Ventura for president. And, the funny thing is, I don't know whether I'm kidding.