NYT Chronicles Unhappy Senators

Is there anything sadder than working the week between Christmas and New Year’s? The New York Times on Friday chronicled the unhappy senators, forced to trudge back to the Hill this week to tackle the fiscal cliff, while their House counterparts have refused to return and could hypothetically be having all the fun in the world. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid didn’t mince words, saying members of the House “should be here,” but are instead “are out watching movies and watching their kids play soccer and basketball and all kinds of things.” But there’s one member of Congress happy to be there: the newest member of the Senate, Hawaii’s Brian Schatz, who was appointed Wednesday and has yet to be beaten down by Washington.