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February 2, 2009


Yeas & Nays, DC Examiner - You can often judge an issue's importance by how desperately everyone tries to apply metaphors to it. Case in point: yesterday morning's talk shows, which hosted such guests, all ready to discuss the House's passage of the economic stimulus bill.

-"Unfortunately this bill has become a Christmas tree where members are hanging their favorite program on it."- Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, on CNN's "State of the Union with John King."

"And there's no pork in this. … But there may be some sacred cows." Sen. Ben Nelson, D-Neb., on "State of the Union."

-"It's like the heart of the body. You can have a lot of muscle, good brains, but if the heart's not working it ain't going to function." - former presidential candidate Steve Forbes on "Meet The Press."

-"Looks like one-and-a-half a mind." -Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., on "This Week with George Stephanopoulos" (in response to the host suggesting that the administration "appears to be of two minds").


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