The Washington Times - January 19, 2010, 07:48AM

Today’s Water Cooler lineup of off the beaten path online stories are: Winner may not be sworn in until February, Democrats’ health care quest has soured, and Finger-pointing begins for Democratic insiders.

  • CQ PoliticsWinner may not be sworn in until February
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The office of Majority Leader Harry Reid says there will be no attempt to swear in a new senator until Massachusetts gets all the right paperwork to Washington. Appointed Sen. Paul G. Kirk Jr. , a Democrat, in the meantime will keep the job and cast the votes.
  • AP: Analysis: Democrats’ health care quest has soured

Democratic lawmakers who once saw health care overhaul as a historic quest are now anxious about getting the debate behind them, with Tuesday’s Massachusetts Senate race underscoring how hard and joyless the effort has become. 

Politico: Finger-pointing begins for Democratic insiders
As voters head to the polls in Massachusetts, nervous Democrats have already begun to blame one another for putting at risk the Senate seat Ted Kennedy held for more than 40 years.