It seems that the combination of gains in Democratic seats in Congress (particularly the Senate), Obama's support in the White House, and continued support from some prominent Republicans gives the legislation, which would expand the House of Representatives by two seats providing an additional seat to Utah and a vote to the District, a good chance of passage.
- The bill passes both the House and Senate, obtaining the 60 votes needed to end debate, and is promptly signed into law by President Obama in a ceremony at the White House with Congresswoman Norton, the Mayor, and Members of the D.C. Council present.
- Before the District casts its first vote on the House floor, a group of Republicans who voted against the bill challenge the law in federal court. The court issues an immediate injunction. D.C. never casts a vote.
- The D.C. Court of Appeals, considered a conservative court, in an expedited decision issued by a 3-judge panel, deals a harsh blow to the law, striking it down as unconstitutional in its entirety (Utah loses its additional vote as well).
- The U.S. Supreme Court, in a surprisingly unanimous and short decision, affirms the D.C. Court of Appeals.
Then it's back to square one.
Let's see if I call this one correctly.