How merry will Tom DeLay’s Christmas be?

It's all falling apart, and so, so quickly.

Jack Abramoff, the ex-crappy movie producer and sleazeballiest lobbyist on K Street, is ready to roll on his "betters," members of Congress like Tom DeLay and Bob Ney and Conrad Burns.

The deadline for "Abraham Jackoff," as his high school classmates dubbed him, to cut a deal is January 9. And, if the NYT's reporting is to be believed, Jackie's gonna cut a deal.

Jack Abramoff, the Republican lobbyist under criminal investigation, has been discussing with prosecutors a deal that would grant him a reduced sentence in exchange for testimony against former political and business associates, people with detailed knowledge of the case say.

Mr. Abramoff is believed to have extensive knowledge of what prosecutors suspect is a wider pattern of corruption among lawmakers and Congressional staff members. One participant in the case who insisted on anonymity because of the sensitivity of the negotiations described him as a "unique resource."

Other people involved in the case or who have been officially briefed on it said the talks had reached a tense phase, with each side mindful of the date Jan. 9, when Mr. Abramoff is scheduled to stand trial in Miami in a separate prosecution.

See, real prosecutors (as opposed to pond scum like Alberto Gonzales) don't spend years on a case just to snare a small fry sleaze like Casino Jack. They want to get the real bad guys. And they'll give Jack options that allow him to see his five kids sooner rather than later if he'll give up the goods on his GOP paymasters.

And it appears that Jack is, once again, proving a man willing to screw people to benefit himself.