Remember John Houseman in “The Paper Chase?”

Just the other day, Secretary Kathleen Sebelius got grilled by Congressman Trey Gowdy (R, S.C.) about the HHS Mandate, and the legal definitions of balance. I shared the video footage of the exchange on the blog’s Facebook page yesterday. Check it out for yourself at the Anchoress’ place.

It reminded me of exchanges like this one between John Houseman’s character, the esteemed Professor Kingsfield, master teacher of contract law, and a hapless student (Mr. Hart) as depicted in the movie The Paper Chase. There was a television series spun off from the film as well, which I used to watch and think, “man, I’m glad I’m not going to law school!”

In 1973, Houseman won an Oscar (Best Supporting Actor) for this role. Without further ado, here is a clip of Houseman at his finest.

That might be how the Honorable Secretary felt after her exchange with Rep. Gowdy.

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