Despite the fact that I’ve traveled to Las Vegas something on the order of 15 times over the past three years, I’m the furthest thing from a seasoned gambler that you’re likely to see.Not only do my hands tremble almost uncontrollably when I sit down to play a hand or two of blackjack or other games of chance, I’m not very lucky at it to boot. As some wag once told me, “Bill, you probably would have bet Germany and seven points in World War II.”

Yet there’s one bet that I could place with reasonable confidence — the glacial pace of government reform.

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