Star Gazing

Don't know if this is a reflection of the Democratic Congress or simply a reflection of our popular culture, but Congress is simply teeming with celebrities today. On the House side alone, Josh Groban and Linda Ronstadt testified, and Martin Sheen, Bradley Whitford, and Richard Schiff all appeared for a press conference--and those are just the ones I happened to spot. The other day, well-traveled, tantrum-throwing wide receiver Terrell Owens testified. Nobody really even noticed. Once upon a time, celebrity testimony was a big, big deal. In 1981, when Jack "Quincy M.D." Klugman testified before a House subcommittee in support of orphan drug legislation, it rated a front-page story in The New York Times. Today's celebs are lucky to make CongressDaily.

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Joshua Green is a former senior editor at The Atlantic.

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