This is too rich. Lost in all the hubbub about the Obama congratulatory resolution’s derailment by petty Republicans in the House was the news that a virtually identical resolution, sponsored by Sen. Tracy Steele, was passed without a problem in the Senate Jan. 15, in time to be delivered to the new president’s inaugural.

They don’t call it the upper chamber for nothing. Yes, it contains these words:

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WHEREAS, a nation founded by slave owners and seared by civil war and generations of racial strife made a leap in the march toward equality and delivered a smashing electoral college victory to the forty-seven year-old first-term senator from Illinois, who forged a broad, multi-racial and multiethnic coalition; and

It was signed by most senators, perhaps all. I’m checking. Sen. Steele said he was “proud” of his colleagues.

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NOTED BY ARKANSAS PROJECT: Language in the resolution was copied from news articles and other sources. Not unlike lots of dittohead legislation at the General Assembly. John Williams comments.