Meanwhile . . . Outside the Building

I'm sitting in the House Press Gallery writing a piece for NEWSWEEK. It's almost 10 p.m. and the House is moving toward a vote. On the plaza below, outside the Capitol, I can hear the remnants of a raucous tea-party crowd. They are chanting "Nancy! Nancy!" and "Kill the bill!" They just sang "God Bless America." I've been around a while, and don't remember a crowd of foes trying to shout down a bill from outside as the vote approached. Maybe it's happened. Though the voices are faint, they're worth noting—and remembering.

And the GOP runs the risk of being portrayed as the only friends of the insurance business—and the insurers are as unpopular as Congress is.