The business world is awakening this morning to news that Ed Whitacre went shopping again yesterday \u2013 and it wasn\u2019t at Wal-Mart.AT&T\u2019s announcement that it intends to acquire BellSouth for $67 billion would create a carrier that generates $120 billion in revenue and serves 71 million local phone customers in 22 states. It would pretty much render to history the term Baby Bell.This possibility has been discussed openly for some time, of course, including in this analysis written by my Network World colleague Jim Duffy. That doesn\u2019t mean it isn\u2019t shocking.From that December article: "As attractive as this would be to a lot of people, it just seems to me like right now this is going to have some formidable barriers to it,\u201d said Thomas Nolle, president of consultancy CIMI. "It's hard for me to believe that this is something that could happen quickly." Three months later it\u2019s no easier to believe.However, in this country today you\u2019ve got a president, Senate, House, FCC, FTC, Supreme Court and bulk of the mainstream media all in general agreement that whatever big business wants big business should get. Does that mean the deal is wired from the start? Well, I spent a few hours in a Connecticut casino yesterday. The games there are a sure thing compared to betting against that proposition.