My esteemed colleague, Alan Taylor, would like to know why Republican senators are carrying water for Roger Clemens. So he asked me to ask you. Does anyone know? Campaign contributions? Past favors to highly placed GOP candidates? They love drug-abusing megalomaniacs?

And while we’re on the subject, I’m also interested in what makes a successful power pitcher so delusional that he thinks, “I know, I’m going to bring my high heat to the U.S. Congress. I’ll prove my innocence by blustering my way through a hearing on the Hill.” I mean, I understand that athletes are treated like gods, and that Clemens is a man of epic competitive drive and ego, but please.