LIFE IMITATES ART…. Sometimes, you just have to laugh.

Just 10 days ago, John McCain argued he’d like to see a commission created to explain the crisis on Wall Street. I wrote at the time:

There was a great episode of “The Simpsons” a few years ago, in which the city of Springfield was looking to local officials to address a crisis. Mayor Joe Quimby, anxious to give the appearance of action without actually doing anything, announced the creation of a “blue-ribbon commission.” Lenny responds earnestly, “Did he say a blue-ribbon commission?” — prompting Carl to say, “Well, you can’t do any better than that!”

This morning, Quiddity reminded me of one of the proposals being floated by House Republicans in response to the crisis:

Create a blue ribbon panel with representatives of Treasury, SEC, and the Fed to make recommendations to Congress for reforms of the financial sector by January 1, 2009.

Did House Republicans say a blue-ribbon panel?

Steve Benen

Follow Steve on Twitter @stevebenen. Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.