The press is having fun with Senator Reid’s tearful lamentations for “cowboy poets” yesterday on the Senate floor. And it is pretty funny when you consider the seriousness of the issue at hand–federal spending and our national debt.

But, Reid’s statement reveals just how difficult this battle has become for the Republicans.  If Senate Majority Leader Reid can’t even get behind cutting federal funding for a regional poetry festival, how are we ever going to see cuts and reform for the big programs.