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As negotiations in Washington grind on over two massive pieces of legislation — the $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill and the $3.5 trillion so-called human infrastructure proposal — as Democrats argue mostly with other Democrats about what to leave in and what to take out and how to make the numbers work, observers of all stripes wonder what it will take to get the bills to the finish line and through a divided Congress. The excruciating drama unspools to a familiar soundtrack about coming together (with apologies to John, Paul and their fellow Beatles). Sing along:

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Here come old Manchin

He want no more child care

He want health care limits

He make big coal money

He say "one and one and one is three"

But he want only one and he’s not easy to please

Come together, right now, appease me

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Here come old Bernie

He got bigly figures

He got lots of zeros

He want ton of moolah

He say "one and one and one is three"

But he wanted six and now he's getting angry

Come together, right now, appease me

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Here come old Kyrsten

She want something don’t she

She won’t say what that is

She just smiles and leaves town

She plays hard to get, responds ambiguously

Got to be a joker cuz she’s so hard to see

Come together, right now, appease me

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Here come progressives

They got all their causes

They want all that money

They see big change coming

They say we know you, you know we

We need all that funding or we’ll never be free

Come together, right now, appease me

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Here come the moderates

They just want their bridges

They want all roads and tunnels

They want building projects

They say we know you, you know we

We defend our seats or lose the majority

Come together, right now, appease me

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Here come McConnell

Ol’ Mitch has his mantra

He want all the power

He won’t lift a finger

He say I know you, you know me,

I’ll obstruct and block to make sure you don’t succeed

Come together, right now, appease me

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Here come old Schumer

He and Nancy working

In the backroom talking

Riding White House shuttle

They say "we’ll reach the end eventually"

Are they living in some other reality

Come together, right now, appease me

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Here come Joe Biden

Want to thread the needle

Want to make the big deal

Get them all on same page

He say "one and one and one can agree"

Got to be a joker because this is D.C.

Come together, right now, appease me

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Here come the people

They be tired of waiting

Want some kind of action

Want some resolution

They say "you work for us and we’re not pleased"

Sitting in their armchairs they can feel your disease

Come together, right now, that's our plea

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Come together, yeah

Come together, yeah

Come together, yeah

Come together, yeah

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Come together, right now, appease me

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Columnist Michael Dobie's opinions are his own.

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