Why The Fiscal Sanity Failed

Because Congress has no backbone. Yesterday, the House voted 382-38 against Simpson-Bowles:

Wednesday's vote  — which considered a version of Simpson-Bowles with somewhat less in tax increases — is at least suggestive evidence that the White House was right and the proposal would never have passed because, in the end, the problem with Simpson-Bowles wasn't that the president didn't say enough nice things about it, but that members of Congress didn't want to vote for it.