After another off-hours, party-line health care vote this morning, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid conceded that "there's a lot of tension in the Senate." Speaking on the Senate floor, Reid expressed the hope that "everyone would go back to their gentlemanly ways" and, referring to the California felon and beating victim Rodney King, added, "Let's just all try to get along."
"Let's try to work through this," Reid said of the protracted health care struggle. "For those of the Christian faith, we have the most important holiday, and that is Christmas, and we hope everyone would keep in mind that that's a time when we reflect on peace and the good things in life, and I would hope that everyone would set aside the animosity and focus on that holiday."
That will be a hard assignment; Reid's plans call for the Senate to remain in session into the night on Christmas Eve, so Reid and majority Democrats can meet a self-imposed deadline of passing their version of the national health care bill by Christmas.