1. Star power as a substitute for leverage.
2. The impression of excitement and momentum on Capitol Hill on the way to … just pass anything.
(image: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images. caption: Former U.S. President Bill Clinton (R) is accompanied by Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) (C) as he heads into the Senate Democratic Caucus luncheon at the U.S. Capitol November 10, 2009 in Washington, DC. Clinton was on the Hill to talk to lawmakers about passing health care reform legislation through the Senate.
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