(Bloomberg View) — History is said to repeat itself, the first time as tragedy, the second time as farce.

In the case of the Republican efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare, last night was the low comedy portion of the proceedings.

Though truthfully, the whole process reads less like a saga than a Christopher Buckley novel. You have a neophyte president who doesn't know how Washington works, and doesn't care to learn, and therefore provides none of the leadership that is normally necessary to get a major policy bill through Congress.

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