Hours before voting to clear the way for health care reform in the Senate, Republican Senator Tom Coburn said on the floor,
"What the American people ought to pray is that somebody can't make the
vote tonight. That's what they ought to pray." Who could he be referring to? Many observers are interpreting this statement
as an allusion to Democratic Senator Robert Byrd, who at age 92 has to be
wheeled into the Senate chamber to vote. The loss of a single vote --
such a Byrd's -- would have doomed health care reform. Was Coburn
asking Americans to pray for Byrd to fall ill, or was it a simple slip
of the tongue that's being blown out of proportion? Watch and decide
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