On the off-chance that both the GOP leadership's collective brain cells banged together and created synapse, I hope you are right.
The cynic in me (which, by the way, is now 99 44/100 percent pure, just like the soap) still thinks that the GOP-E would be just fine with a carve out, and let the cocktail parties begin. We know the Democrats could care less what the underclass thinks of them, so it wouldn't surprise me in the slightest if they try to ram a carveout through Congress.
Your point about Pollutico, however, is well taken.
Understood the cynicism, and my faith here is not in the GOP per se, my opinion here is based on facts we know, the quotes we read, and what I know to be always true about the Dems and The Politico. There is no part of my calculation that involves giving the GOP the benefit of the doubt...for reasons you, I, and most everyone else on FR understand.