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Roberts' rhetorical lightsaber

Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., was in the thick of the congressional debate on health care reform last week as a member of the committee considering hundreds of amendments, most offered by Republicans. He also played a role in Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank's description of how senators engaged in “collegial flourishes" even as they split along party lines:"On so many issues, you and I share a real passion for not creating bloated bureaucracies," Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., told Roberts, before disagreeing with him."You were Princess Leia and I was Luke Skywalker," Roberts replied."Right, but we don't want to be 'Harry and Louise,'" Mikulski said, recalling the TV ads that helped kill the 1994 reform.The Post went on:"But within seconds, Luke and Leia were pointing their lightsabers at each other. 'I'm just asking you to read the bill!' Mikulski told him. Roberts demanded the floor. 'I have the time,' he said."