From NBC's Ken Strickland
Has holiday cheer suddenly crept onto the Senate floor? Is the reality of voting on the health-care bill the night before Christmas having a calming effect on what has been -- at times -- a heated debate?
Paraphrasing the words of the 1991 video taped beating victim Rodney King, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said simply, "Let's just all try to get along."
"There's a lot of tension in the Senate, and feelings are high," Reid said this morning on the Senate floor. "Everybody has very strong concerns about everything we have done and have to do."
Knowing that final passage of the health-care bill would happen at 7:00 pm ET on Christmas Eve -- unless he and Republican Leader Mitch McConnell reached an agreement -- Reid played the Christmas card.
"This is a very difficult time the next day or so, and let's try to work through this," he said. "I would hope that everyone would kind of set aside all their personal animosity, if in fact they have any, the next little bit and focus on that holiday."
McConnell seemed to also be sipping from the same eggnog cup. "To my good friend, the majority leader. He and I have an excellent relationship," McConnell said. "We speak a number of times in the course of every day and have no animosity whatsoever."
McConnell concluded by saying he was hopeful the leaders could craft an agreement "that will give certainty to the way to end this session" and recommend "something that makes sense for both sides."