"We're almost there," declared Harry Reid regarding the health care bill. Isn't that what Captain Bligh said just before the mutiny?

Remaining tiny little snags include abortion, the public option, a public option with a "trigger," cost containment and Joe Lieberman holding his breath until he turns blue.

The Republicans want to scrap the bill and start over — with all deliberate speed under the Palin administration.

Reid said they could get the bill passed by Christmas. Finding three wise men could be a problem.