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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Final Scenes of the Farce

Senate Republicans have sent David Vitter out to do to health care what he was caught doing with minions of the DC Madam almost three years ago.

By this grotesque logic, John Ensign should be up next instructing small business owners in better ways to cover their workers in good faith.

Even strait-laced Tom Coburn is getting into the spirit of the thing with an amendment barring coverage of Viagra for sex offenders.

If the GOP's last stand is taking on the look of a Feydeau bedroom farce, it's only fitting for an enterprise that has as much to do with reality as the racing around and slamming of doors in "Hotel Paradiso."

Unlike the House performance of breast-beating drama, members of the Upper Chamber will at least provide some comic relief before making their exits and letting the Democrats' production of health care reform play out on the national stage.

Their antics may be no more successful than Vitter's solo attempt to block Hillary Clinton's confirmation as Secretary of State but will provide Americans with an entertaining demonstration of the old Arab proverb, "The dogs bark but the caravan moves on."

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