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Members of the House of Representatives leave for Christmas. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- I wouldn’t necessarily cite the movie maker Woody Allen as the ultimate authority on life. But he did have a point when he said: “80% of life is showing up.”

You know how this works.

If you don’t show up for a date, the relationship is in doubt.

If you don’t show up for class, you’ll flunk.

And if you don’t show up for work, you can kiss your job goodbye.

Except, apparently, when you’re a lame-duck member of Congress with a suspect work ethic.

According to yesterday’s New York Times, the jam the Republicans have gotten into over a potential government shutdown is especially difficult because House GOP leaders are “keenly aware that their rank-and-file members are in no mood to return to Washington days before Christmas to battle over his long-unfulfilled signature campaign promise [of a massive border wall]” because some members who won’t be returning next year aren’t showing up for work anymore.

Understand, it isn’t a fun time for these profiles in courage. Many have had to yield their offices to incoming members, and are forced to work out of cubicles.

Cubicles!

Explains Rep. Ryan Costello of Pennsylvania: “You don’t have an office, you’re in wind-down mode, saying goodbye to people and wrapping up, and just putting your voting card in the machine and pressing red or green. It’s going through the motions.”

If that.

I wonder how many of these no-show lame ducks will nonetheless manage to cash their paychecks for the final few weeks?

Woody Allen was right, you’ve got to show up to be legit, especially when you’ve given your notice.

Too bad the likes of Costello have already resigned, and can’t be fired.

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