"Detroit's hopes die in D.C. last night," CNN teased moments ago. Please. Like it's that easy. If decades of bad choices didn't put the lights out, surely a bunch of senators from some short bus-riding Southern states won't. Let's see if the White House feels like playing Santa Claus, which would be a refreshing switch from their usual Grinch mode, unless, that is, you are, for instance, a war.