Opening paragraph of the lead editorial of the New York Times, August 3,
1996, on preparations for elections in the U.S.:
The Republic has been treated to the spectacle of grown men and women in
Congress behaving like college students pulling a last-ditch
all-nighter. Their aim was to pile up a record with which to impress
the voters or to club their opponents this fall. The entire show was
alarming because when Congress gets in a hurry it can do even more
damage than when it has plenty of time.