RV, yes, it takes 60 votes to stop filibuster and keep a bill moving forward. Lieberman has ended up being critical to Dems on this because the GOP is sticking together. I believe the Dems tried, vainly, to develop a bipartisan bill and I believe Obama thought they could develop a bipartisan bill. (I think Snowe has made it clear she opposes now too)
I don’t really disagree with what you say except that the stark reality has come down to the GOP won’t support this bill no matter what, even after many GOP amendments were adopted in committees, significant elements of bill have been discarded, etc. My guess is individual GOP members are equally fearful of what happens in the Repub primary as they are what happens in the general election. This bill is now so watered down, it SHOULD be picking up moderate GOP votes.
Have you noted the GOP’s playbook says the bill will KILL jobs.? Have yet to hear one actually explain that charge, they just say it ad nauseam on the Senate floor.