This bill is dead. I'd bet money. It now looks as though the House will weight it down with deathly amendments, as if the CBO's scoring wasn't enough.
So Obama's luck appears likely to hold, although it's damn unfortunate that such valuable battering time has been squandered.
The additional upside, of course, is that Obama & Co. can now do what needed to be done all along: kick the final bejesus out of the insidious GOP. That's assuming, naturally, that I'm right and this bill is dead.
The insane: "I would be shocked if this bill is not sent back to the Senate," said Alabama's Rep. Spencer Bachus following his party's black mass this evening ...
The insanely calculating: Republicans, said Oklahoma's Rep. Tom Cole on CNN minutes ago, should take the "gigantic wins" of this fiscal-cliff deal--such as that of cementing most of the vastly unaffordable Bush tax cuts in perpetuity--and then proceed to pummel and abuse and cripple and possibly destroy the American economy during the wholly fabricated debt-ceiling crisis.
Now who could argue with that?
We'll soon find out.
It seems I lost the bet, as did, I'd still argue, the country.