Merry Christmas, Tom Coburn

Ezra Klein has a quick post up on the cruelties of the Senate, noting how the intransigence of the right forces ill and infirm Senators to be wheeled into silly procedural votes, even when their intents are obvious:

Another example came last night, when the ailing Robert Byrd was wheeled in at 1 a.m. to break a filibuster on the manager’s amendment. Byrd’s presence was not required, especially considering that he’d clearly telegraphed his intention to vote to break the filibuster. But Republicans forced him to travel to the chamber. Indeed, shortly before he arrived, Sen. Tom Coburn headed to the floor to propose a prayer. “What the American people ought to pray is that somebody can’t make the vote tonight,” he said. “That’s what they ought to pray.”