When it comes to health care reform, hurt feelings and escalating tension among members of Congress have become par for the course. Much like the pain and humiliation experienced at a high school dance -- at least according to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.
At a press conference today on the Hill:
"When I came here we had -- Republicans and Democrats worked together," Reid said. "But we can't dance if your partner is unwilling to get off the chair. It's like when I was in high school. Um, I wanted to dance but she wouldn't get up, okay?"
House Minority Leader John Boehner concurred with the metaphor, if not with the assignment of blame. "I can understand why she didn't want to get up," he told Fox News host Neil Cavuto Tuesday afternoon. He went on: "They've not invited us to any discussion about health care. They're going off in their own direction. They think they have the votes to ram this down the American people's throats. And so we've not been invited."
As TPM's Ben Frumin put it: "The message seems clear: John Boehner would like a Democrat to ask him to dance."