On Countdown with Keith Olbermann, The Nation‘s DC editor Chris Hayes weighs in on the petty tone currently defining the Senate’s healthcare battle. The issue, Hayes points out, is not figuring out which party looks worse–it’s the fact that both parties are contributing to a general fatigue that is worrisome. “Truth is on the side of Democrats,” he says, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t the institution as a whole that is failing the American people. Hayes argues that what’s actually going through the public’s mind as they follow the convoluted proceedings in the Senate is: Is the US capable of doing anything but starting wars or bailing out banks?

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