Tony Soprano in Tennis Shoes

The Politico has a story today alleging that our own Patty Murray, the preschool teacher-turned-Senate-powerhouse, may be staging a coup of sorts on the Senate Appropriations Committee, making 90-year-old Robert Byrd the “chairman emeritus,” and herself “acting chairwoman.”

Sopranos fans will immediately recognize the scenario from Season 1, where Tony puts Junior at the top of the org chart, but continues to call the shots from behind the scenes. He’s following the advice of Dr. Melfi, who tells him, with respect to the old people in his life, “you know that sometimes it’s important to let them have the illusion of being in control.”

Murray vehemently denies the allegations, natch.