Senior-(member of the Select Committee)-itis
As we all know, seniorits, the state of mind where High School and College seniors become lazy and feckless in the face of impending graduation, can devastate whole communities. And as we found out today the House of Representatives is not immune to this terrible disease.
Now, while high school senioritis is usually cured with a threat to cancel the 12th grade trip to Busch Gardens, Congressional senioritis is another thing entirely. Earlier today for instance, Barney Frank, who recently announced he will not seek reelection, broke the House prohibition against accusing others of being disingenous when he rebutted a speech by Rep. Jeb Hensarling. Frank said Hensarling’s comments were “the most hypocritical and dishonest (statements) I have heard uttered in this House.” What did Hensarling say? Oh my god it’s WAY too boring to discuss. Anyway, Frank was punished by having his remarks stricken from the record and was banned from speaking for the rest of the day.
Now you know me: I love a good loud mouth. Particularly one as hilarious and partisan as Barney Frank (he has provided us with many jowelly comedic chestnuts over the years). Shutting him up is really a feat. Frankly but I wish I had the power to force the House of Representatives to silence people. Next time you’re on the bus and some fat woman is screaming into her cell phone “well he better get my damn money!” wouldn’t it be great to go up to ther and be like “Here’s a letter from Congress: it says shut the fuck up.”
Who says our system of government is broken? I say it’s FANTASTIC.