If this keeps up, the rest of America are the ones who are going to need vodka — and plenty of it.

In politics, there’s nothing wrong with a little across-the-aisle joking and hanging around once in a while. When that joking and messing around begins to reach orgy status, then we begin to run into George Carlin’s definition of bipartisanship: “The word bipartisan means that some larger than usual deception is being carried out.”

A little bipartisanship aside, when our politicians begin drinking each other pretty, then we have cause for concern.

This from the New York Times (warning: link gives away absolutely no information that is helpful to al-Qaeda):

Two summers ago, on a Congressional trip to Estonia, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton astonished her traveling companions by suggesting that the group do what one does in the Baltics: hold a vodka-drinking contest.

Delighted, the leader of the delegation, Senator John McCain, quickly agreed. The after-dinner drinks went so well — memories are a bit hazy on who drank how much — that Mr. McCain, an Arizona Republican, later told people how unexpectedly engaging he found Mrs. Clinton to be. “One of the guys” was the way he described Mrs. Clinton, a New York Democrat, to some Republican colleagues.

Mrs. Clinton and Mr. McCain went on to develop an amiable if professionally calculated relationship. They took more official trips together, including to Iraq. They worked together on the Senate Armed Services Committee and on the issue of global warming. They made a joint appearance last year on “Meet the Press,” interacting so congenially that the moderator, Tim Russert, joked about their forming a “fusion ticket.”

Sounds like they’re this close to an appearance on The Dating Game.

Will Hillary and McCain be running against each other in 2008? A few more drinks and they just may end up on the same ticket. After all, John McCain has already been in bed with more Democrats than a veteran Berkeley prostitute.

The “McCain-Feingold bill”, the “McCain-Kerrey bill” (Bob Kerrey, Nebraska Democrat), the “McCain-Feinstein bill,” the “McCain-Lieberman bill,” the “McCain-Leahy bill,” the “McCain-Edwards-Kennedy bill” and even the “McCain-Kerry” bill – the list goes on. If McCain sucks up to one more Democrat, he’ll be qualified to win a dream date with Maureen Dowd.

One last thing. When McCain called Hillary “one of the guys,” I sincerely hope it was because she liked to drink and talk about sports, and not because McCain, much to his horror, saw this:

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