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"Last year, our plucky heroine, the wholesome apple-cheeked American
republic, was trapped in an express elevator hurtling out of control
toward the debt ceiling. Would she crash into it? Or would she make some
miraculous escape? Yes! At the very last minute of her white-knuckle
thrill ride to her rendezvous with destiny, she was rescued by Congress'
decision to set up ... a Super Committee! Those who can, do. Those who
can't, form a committee. Those who really can't, form a Super Committee
-- and then put John Kerry on it for good measure." --columnist Mark