Congressional Democrats are so close to health care reform now they can taste it. And it must be driving them nuts (like the way my son starts spinning around the house when he smells cookies in the oven).

How else do you explain their sudden procedural switch – hinting they might bypass the traditional conference committee aimed at merging the House and Senate versions of health care reform to circumvent that pesky public debate?

I know the president's eager to get something done. I know Congressional Democrats are already worried about mid-term elections (and, um, yeah, they should be), but the founding fathers knew what they were doing when they established the way things run in Congress. The process is supposed to be slow. It's supposed to be thoughtful, reasoned and rational. And, more importantly, open.

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