Supercommittee "Success" Would Have Been Failure Anyway
The committee was arguing about how to narrow the deficit by $1.2 trillion. So even if it were ALL spending cuts, which the Democrats adamantly refused, that would have reduced spending from $50 trillion to $48.8 trillion over the next decade. And that was a bridge too far for them. But the GOP said they would reduce spending by only half to $49.4 trillion and increase revenue by the other $600 billion. That was still too much for the Dems.
Frankly, a successful outcome would have been a sham anyway.