Amazingly enough, it seems fairly likely — although there are no guarantees — that the Senate leadership will get the motion to proceed today to begin the debate on the health-care bill. And there’s a pretty good chance the GOP will at least pass some small vehicle to get to a conference with the House, which would allow more time to clear various technical hurdles — e.g., CBO scores of various new proposed amendments — and perhaps to forge a consensus on the underlying policy. Ideal? No. But kicking the can down the road in a messy, melodramatic process would be more than seemed possible a week ago.