The military, the nation’s financial reputation and political careers are hanging in the balance as lawmakers approach the deadline for a deficit deal carrying little more than reasons for why things went wrong.

Following days of dire predictions about the fate of the so-called Super Committee tasked with finding at least $1.2 trillion in savings, the ghost-town scene on Capitol Hill Saturday was not encouraging

The only member of the so-called Super Committee spotted was Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., who told reporters that no in-person meetings were planned — only phone calls.