Need further evidence that the predominately older male members of the Greatest Deliberative Body in the World are taking something other than Viagra? How about these snippets from the health-care reform debate yesterday:
* Ben Nelson, faux Democrat of Nebraska, seems to have forgotten that there was an election only last November in which voters resoundingly called for reform when he suggested that a discussion of stuff like a public option be put off until after the 2010 election.
* John Ensign, real Republican of Utah, responding to the spot-on assertion that the health-care systems in many industrialized countries deliver more effective care at lower costs, replied that the U.S. actually does better when you don't count injuries from guns and car accidents.
Yeah, I know that the Finance Committee voted down public option amendments, but I'm still sticking to my guns.