Senate activity surrounding the Paycheck Fairness Act – it failed to get enough votes to overcome a GOP filibuster – more closely resembled the taping of campaign ads rather than a debate of the issue.

With a little dramatic music, the Senate’s party-line rejection of the Paycheck Fairness Act on Tuesday could have easily doubled for two dueling campaign ads.

Democrats and Republicans weren’t arguing with each other before or after the legislation fell short – with 52 votes for and 47 against, the measure came up short of the 60 votes needed to overcome a GOP filibuster.

Instead, both sides blew right past each other, straight to the TV cameras. Democrats decried another front in what they allege is a Republican “war on women,” while Republicans tried to turn the spotlight back to the economy.

On the left, Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D) of Maryland led a phalanx of Democratic women in support of the measure outside of the Senate chamber, ripping the GOP for standing against “equal pay for equal work.”

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