Quote of the Day: Christmas on Capitol Hill

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From Sen. John Kerry, commenting on Republican complaints about being forced to work through Christmas:

The irony, the hypocrisy of us sitting here with them standing up and saying “Oh my Gosh, it’s the last minute.” It’s the last minute because they haven’t let us do anything. The game plan is usually to keep preventing things from happening.

These guys can go home anytime they want. All they have to do is allow two or three things to be voted on. If they win the votes, good for them. If they lose, that’s life. But the Grinch in this case is pretty clearly all on the GOP side of the aisle.

On a purely personal note, let me just say that I have a bit of a hard time stomaching the endless complaining from senators being forced to actually work through the end of the year. News flash, guys: out in the real world, we all work through the end of the year. Get over yourselves.

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