~ To obscure; darken. A lunar eclipse is caused by the moon passing through the earth's shadow; a solar eclipse, by the moon coming between the sun and the observer.
~ To obscure or diminish in importance, fame, or reputation.
~ To surpass; outshine: an outstanding performance that eclipsed the previous record.
~ Overshadow: exceed in importance; outweigh; "This problem overshadows our lives right now."
~ The consequences of an Idaho senator’s "terrible mistakes" that are "triple action and "long-lasting", but don’t "freshen" or "neutralize" (except to provide comic relief):
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It's only during an eclipse that the Man in the Moon has a place in the sun.
Politicians can do more funny things naturally than I can think of to do purposely.