OFFICE DEPOT POLITICS  4:16 pm April 19, 2011

Floor of House Now Reserved Only For Stunts

by Jack Stuef


It’s been a long time since members of Congress had any chance of swaying a colleague’s vote. It’s been even longer since they could do it with the strength of their rhetoric. Why do we even have a floor of the House anymore? Just let members of Congress works from home and send votes from their smart phones. They can do it while they’re having sex in rest-stop bathrooms! They’ll like that! We don’t need the Capitol. Sell it. You can probably get good money for it. Those lobbyists are always looking for more space. DEFICIT FIXED.

So here is Rep. Joe Crowley with a little “speechless” routine. We get it! Everybody needs to do this now so they can put it on their YouTube and become Internet famous/get campaign contributions! But this sort of thing is best left to Anthony Weiner, who actually gets a little creative.

Oh, and Zach Galifianakis.

[YouTube via Wonkette operative "David G."]

 

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nounverb911 April 19, 2011 at 4:20 pm

Cool! Comments in Congress have the strike feature too.

Moonbatting Average April 19, 2011 at 4:36 pm

too bad they can't be downfisted

nounverb911 April 19, 2011 at 4:39 pm

Just as you said that, downfisty got you, but I fixed it.

BarryOPotter April 19, 2011 at 5:26 pm

Of legally face-fisted…

FNMA April 19, 2011 at 4:21 pm

Stunts?
Where have you gone, Super Dave Osborne. A nation turns its lonely eyes to you.

genxr April 19, 2011 at 4:37 pm

What's that you say, Rep Grayson. Super Dave has up and flown away. hey hey hey.

CrankyLttlCamperette April 20, 2011 at 2:39 am

Nah, really? I posted this to my BS Facebook account three days ago.

bureaucrap April 19, 2011 at 4:22 pm

mostly lame, but at least his heart is in the right place. Still, it would have been better if he had banged his shoe on the podium.

elviouslyqueer April 19, 2011 at 4:37 pm

Still, it would have been better if he had banged his shoe on the podium hurled his shoes at Paul Ryan and John Boehner, respectively.

Fixed.

OneDollarJuana April 19, 2011 at 4:49 pm

Shoes filled with hammers. (Hammer toes that is, in case the Secret Service is listening)

Lascauxcaveman April 19, 2011 at 4:56 pm

He does look a little like Little shoe-banging Nikita. Or Vic Mackey. Or Uncle Fester. (Hey, maybe he should have put a light bulb in his mouth to 'illuminate' his points, hahah!)

Negropolis April 20, 2011 at 12:45 am

It'd have been better if he banged an intern on top of the podium.

Fixed.

WinterOuthouse April 19, 2011 at 4:22 pm

I like Jello with fruit in it.

natoslug April 19, 2011 at 4:22 pm

That reminds me: I need to pick up toilet paper.

CalamityJames April 19, 2011 at 4:22 pm

Shit, now I've got INXS stuck in my head.

$exy$murf April 19, 2011 at 4:33 pm

And I have an urge to strangle myself while I masturbate.

DownFist Troll April 19, 2011 at 4:24 pm

Just as the teabagger interpretation of the constitution founders intended.

LabRodent April 19, 2011 at 4:24 pm

It did look a lot cooler when INXS did it.

poncho_pilot April 19, 2011 at 4:47 pm

so did jerking off while chok…nevermind.

OneDollarJuana April 19, 2011 at 4:51 pm

That's the origin of the "Kung Fu" grip …

CapnFatback April 19, 2011 at 6:05 pm

Of course, it looked far cooler than that when Dylan did it firs-

Wait, didn't we just cover this?

SorosBot April 19, 2011 at 4:26 pm

It's no Subterranean Homesick Blues video, but his point's well-made.

rubbercat April 19, 2011 at 5:40 pm
CapnFatback April 19, 2011 at 6:07 pm

GOP Priority #5: Keep a clean nose
GOP Priority #6: Watch the plain clothes

TootingTricky April 19, 2011 at 7:43 pm

You don't need Bill Ayers to know which way the wind blows.

EdFlintstone April 19, 2011 at 4:26 pm

He was reprimanded by the house for not putting this on styrofoam. Needs moar finger lickin.

edgydrifter April 19, 2011 at 4:27 pm

Subcommittee Homeschooled Blues.

BZ1 April 19, 2011 at 4:27 pm

This is dependent on whether members of congress can read?

Beowoof April 19, 2011 at 5:15 pm

There too busy for all that thinking stuff.

hooray4anything April 19, 2011 at 4:29 pm

If I remember correctly, this didn't happen until CSpan started up and then Congressmen discovered they could be camera whores for the home folks. Then CSpan started to pull the camera back to reveal that there usually was up to maybe 10 other Congressmen there (only there to have their camera whoring moment) and so the Congress critters did the only reasonable thing possible- told CSpan they couldn't do that.

But now, thanks to YouTube, they don't have to even worry about that

Callyson April 19, 2011 at 4:30 pm

Hilarious…but this could use some music, a la Bob Dylan and Weird Al Yankovic. Stevie Wonder's classic "You Haven't Done Nothing" comes to mind, or the Great Depression hit "Brother, Can You Spare a Dime."
Or, to be more direct, if you google "fuck you song," several options pop up…

SorosBot April 19, 2011 at 4:41 pm

The 50s classic Get a Job.

poncho_pilot April 19, 2011 at 4:49 pm

Yakety Sax.

BaldarTFlagass April 19, 2011 at 4:53 pm

You're Breaking My Heart by Harry Nilsson?

ShaveTheWhales April 20, 2011 at 12:29 am

Perfect.

mavenmaven April 19, 2011 at 5:25 pm

Kill the Poor by the Dead Kennedys.

CapnFatback April 19, 2011 at 6:02 pm

Oooh! "I Touch Myself" by the Divinyls.

Wait. What is it that we're doing here?

DashboardBuddha April 19, 2011 at 6:13 pm

Randy Newman's It's Money That Matters

cheaphits April 20, 2011 at 5:34 am

Exactly –

"It’s been a long time since members of Congress had any chance of swaying a colleague’s vote. It’s been even longer since they could do it with the strength of their rhetoric."

Because now money talks and congress has learned not to talk back to it.

Moonbatting Average April 19, 2011 at 4:31 pm

The stunt I really want to see on the House floor involves Nancy Pelosi running down the Tea Party caucus in a monster truck.

Either that, or releasing live velociraptors.

ChessieNefercat April 19, 2011 at 7:01 pm

Oh yesss.

Wait, will the velociraptors eat their own?

Negropolis April 20, 2011 at 12:47 am

That second one if the one I want to see. If they can't find raptors, the least they could do is find lions and tigers (no bears).

BaldarTFlagass April 19, 2011 at 4:31 pm

It has to be said: Cunning stunts?

emmelemm April 19, 2011 at 4:44 pm

Many fists for thee.

Limeylizzie April 19, 2011 at 4:44 pm

I was just going to go with "Floor of House Reserved Only for Cunts" .

Raoul Libpuke IV April 19, 2011 at 4:45 pm

Oh, um…for stunning cunts!

*Sorry for the delay, I was debating whether to spell out the hated word and decided that these guys deserve nothing less than full clarity. See you next Tuesday!

ChessieNefercat April 19, 2011 at 7:12 pm

OT, but I stumbled across this today, and for a real cunning stunt, see just how desperate our favorite attention whore can sound (via her spokes-twatter): http://tinyurl.com/3lu2xga

Dare we tell her that Wonkette covered her screechifying? Would it make her feel better?

Sophist [غني عن ذلك] April 19, 2011 at 4:31 pm

Next week Mitch McConnell will drink a glass of water while rep Charlie McCarthy (R-Tartarus) denounces Obama's budget as Islamarxocialism.

nounverb911 April 19, 2011 at 4:41 pm

I thought Kucinich was the official Congressional ventriloquist.
http://www.rawstory.com/rawreplay/2011/04/dennis-

NorthStarSpanx April 19, 2011 at 4:32 pm

I for one find this American "Joe's" tactics a lot more palatable over Alan Grayson's verbiage and theatrics, but I still would have wanted him in the House. Too bad he lost.

Sharkey April 19, 2011 at 4:33 pm

Now who's gonna clean up this mess on the floor?

nounverb911 April 19, 2011 at 4:44 pm

The illegal janitor.

emmelemm April 19, 2011 at 5:38 pm

More likely, the unionized janitor! (Thug.)

portermelmoth April 20, 2011 at 2:21 pm

Gerald Ford taught us, perhaps from this very floor of mess, that NO MAN SHOULD HAVE TO CLEAN UP AFTER ANOTHER MAN'S DOG.
He really said that.

elviouslyqueer April 19, 2011 at 4:34 pm

Crowley forgot GOP priority 4: Outlaw abortion forever and kill any and all women who even think about having some say over their own bodies; and priority 5: Outlaw gays, lesbians, bisexuals, ambisexual walnuts, and trannies, and send them on a one way trip to Mars. Getting them out of the way = millions of jobs! PROBLEM SOLVED.

BaldarTFlagass April 19, 2011 at 4:34 pm

I like Demetri Martin flip-page displays better.

Gopherit April 19, 2011 at 4:36 pm

Let me guess…..being a good Dem, he's also on the house committee on the environment. Those trees did not die in vain.

Now that needed Benny Hill music.

Terry April 19, 2011 at 4:37 pm

Ok, I admit it. I enjoyed Rep Crowley's stunt immensely.

fartknocker April 19, 2011 at 4:38 pm

Nice to see he's using 3M products. You know 3M, whose CEO believes President Obama is anti business:
http://money.cnn.com/2011/02/28/news/companies/3M

Ducksworthy April 19, 2011 at 5:15 pm

3 M is not actually an American corporation and hasn't been for a long time. I don't know what the first M stands for but I'm pretty sure its not Minnesota. Michele maybe or money. They could care less about us and we should return the favor.

DerrickWildcat April 19, 2011 at 4:38 pm

Is there a video for, "Tangled Up in Blue?" I bet it would be a good one since the song is pretty neat.

comrad_darkness April 19, 2011 at 4:38 pm

On that second video . . .was it dress like Little Orphan Annie Day?

BaldarTFlagass April 19, 2011 at 4:39 pm

Kinda derivative of that Subterranean Homesick Blues Dylan video, huh?

Also, looks like our downfister finally woke up.

smokefilledfetus April 19, 2011 at 4:40 pm

Marijuana smoking neo-Marxists!

genxr April 19, 2011 at 4:43 pm

to which I respond: Gaaaaaaa! Gaaaaaa! Gyyyyyy!

guangho April 19, 2011 at 4:42 pm

This started because teapartiers picked up the extremely bad habit of screaming/hissing at dems about how being against closing homeless shelters was the same thing as sucking off Osama bin Laden. (When they weren't prepping a shine for St. Ronnie who…em…sucked off Osama bin Laden.)

pinkocommi April 19, 2011 at 4:43 pm

Snooze…. Wake me up when the House of Representatives do a cover of Rick Astley's Never Gonna Give You Up.

Extemporanus April 19, 2011 at 4:43 pm

Kerners are GO!

Oldskool_ April 19, 2011 at 4:47 pm

That would be awesome if I was hearing impaired instead of reading impaired.

aguacatero April 19, 2011 at 4:49 pm

I was about to condemn that cheap stunt, until I notice he's a Democrat and that I agree with all his stunty slogans. So go, Speechless dude!

widestanceroman April 19, 2011 at 5:29 pm

Had this been done by a Republican, the sheets would have been turned by a top-heavy lady who seemed very pleased with herself.

__kth__ April 19, 2011 at 4:54 pm

Well he's on the side of the angels, but I'm lolling at him keeping his indignant face on while he moistens his fingers to tear off the next leaf.

Ducksworthy April 19, 2011 at 5:11 pm

Downfisty really better be careful on here. This Galifianakis stuff will rot his brains, make him cross-eyed and grow hair on his palms, simultaneously.

Beowoof April 19, 2011 at 5:19 pm

I am pretty sure when the downfister isn't downfisting he is doing something to ensure the hair on his plams stays full and long.

Lionel[redacted]Esq April 19, 2011 at 5:15 pm

The problem with voting from rest stops is that the congressmen will be too busy paying threatening stocky black men to give them blow jobs to actually get any voting done.

johnnymeatworth April 19, 2011 at 5:20 pm

if they're going to act like six year olds, why haven't they dropped their guns in the cafeteria yet?

jus_wonderin April 19, 2011 at 5:23 pm

I think the great US of A could make money if they allow us, the citizens, to ride the monuments. Ex: Sit on Lincoln knee. Look up Teddy's nose. Why the fees for the Washington alone could balance the budget. I want the Lube concession.

BaldarTFlagass April 19, 2011 at 5:26 pm

Hell, if they charged 5 or 10 bucks to visit the Smithsonian, that would help. It's mostly furriners visiting there anyway.

finallyhappy April 20, 2011 at 9:13 am

We used to charge 10 cents(if you had it with you) to go into the Washington Monument(this was in the 70's)- there was a place you put a dime into something like old bus money holders but we let you in dime or not.
The Smithsonian gets mostly American badly behaved school kids(or so it seems to me)- the foreigners(except maybe french school groups- Canadian?) seem much better behaved. There was a thought to charge $7.50 for a pass for all of the museums for the duration of one trip(a week or whatever). Considering how much souvenir crap I see kids buy plus how much a trip to DC costs- I don't think adding $5- $10 bucks a person is bad but it didn't get passed. We do have donation boxes but have no idea what we get. TMI, I am sure, on something no one cares about really

MinAgain April 19, 2011 at 5:23 pm

Think of all the potential Congressional papercuts! Good thing they have publically funded healthcare.

Beowoof April 19, 2011 at 5:24 pm

The trouble here is that the GOP doesn't care even a little. They have their shills over at Fox selling the olds on how wonderful life will be for them with no medicare and no jobs for their kids and grandkids. With a flat out propaganda operation running constantly on TV and radio there is little need for concern. They are even paying people to get their propaganda on to liberal radio. They are willing to spend boatloads of money to obtain and maintain power for their own gain. If they told the truth to the voters about the ass fucking with no lube awaitng them, things may then be different.

Hatrabbit April 19, 2011 at 5:25 pm

Remember that time when Congressman Evil Knieval jumped a bus over 14 Congressional Committees. Now that's Democracy!

emmelemm April 19, 2011 at 5:41 pm

It's what President Dwayne Elizondo Mountain Dew Herbert Camacho would have done!

Doktor Zoom April 19, 2011 at 5:26 pm

Oh, wow, I just love those Mummenschanz guys. They were great on the Muppet Show, too. I'm not sure this is one of their better bits, though.

mavenmaven April 19, 2011 at 5:27 pm

The only surprising thing to me was that some GOP guy didn't moon him/shoot him/yell "YOU LIE".
I suppose they'll just put a target crosshatch on his electoral seat, or have Glenn Beck fixate on him, and he'll be gone soon enough.

VinnyThePooh April 19, 2011 at 5:32 pm

Didn't Peter Gabriel already do this?

weejee April 19, 2011 at 5:32 pm

As true stunt would be Bachmann coming in doing a 'highchair' (a wheelie on a motorcycle with her legs draped over the handlebars).

jus_wonderin April 19, 2011 at 5:41 pm

Hey, it's dinner time. Careful with that imagery.

ThundercatHo April 19, 2011 at 10:30 pm

Red, white and blue thighs?

carlgt1 April 19, 2011 at 5:43 pm

it's at least a far more civil form of disobedience than the GOP stunts on the House floor — i.e Dick Cheney screeching "FUCK OFF" or that entire Terri Sciavo fiasco….

finallyhappy April 20, 2011 at 9:14 am

hey, is she still dead?

carlgt1 April 20, 2011 at 11:29 am

yes, remember she was 'murdered' by the commie atheist libruls….

hagajim April 19, 2011 at 5:45 pm

Could someone slip I'm…AN ASSHOLE…in after the speechless line. If he's so speechless why doesn't he STFU already!

GOPCrusher April 19, 2011 at 5:46 pm

And who says Wonkette is not educational?

MinAgain April 19, 2011 at 5:47 pm

For the immigration reform debate, the Democrats are going to use Pictionary.

gef05 April 19, 2011 at 5:59 pm

It was only a matter of time. It's been dominated by cunning stunts for decades.

CapnFatback April 19, 2011 at 5:59 pm

Looks like Baldy did OK.

OneYieldRegular April 19, 2011 at 6:04 pm

I'm sure I'd feel like my public service/political career was off to a terrific start if my Congressperson boss handed me a pad of newsprint and a Magic Marker and asked me to prepare that presentation.

rocktonsam April 19, 2011 at 6:23 pm

So he was stunned?

Was he SHOCKED?! SHOCKED I TELLS YA?

randcoolcatdaddy April 19, 2011 at 6:24 pm

I say we just be done with it and start naming the seats and districts after corporations and have the reps just phone it in with Skype.

El Pinche April 19, 2011 at 6:25 pm

Next up : Lloyd Doggett will demonstrate dangers of guns on campus with a lego model.

Warpde April 19, 2011 at 6:39 pm

I like it.
May not play well to the blind. But works great for the deaf.
Take note Palin, using this tactic to get your message across will keep us all from going deaf.

mrblifil April 19, 2011 at 8:09 pm

needs moar stripper pole

Negropolis April 20, 2011 at 12:53 am

This isn't a House floor stunt. A stunt would be Michelle Bachmann shooting champagne out of her ass, or Kristi Noem french kissing an underaged congressional page, either male or female, for five uninterrupted minutes whilst donned in period powdered wig and knickers.

gurukalehuru April 20, 2011 at 8:14 am

I liked it. Reminded me a bit of Alan Grayson. I miss Alan Grayson.

finallyhappy April 20, 2011 at 9:16 am

I still get email from him but I had made campaign donations and met him at a progressive Dem(but expensive- unllike my local progressive dem group) conference

ttommyunger April 20, 2011 at 1:35 pm

I'm breathlessly awaiting the next "joint" session of Congress when Mitch McConnell and Orange-Boy have buttsecks in the Well of the Senate and bitch about not getting a reach-around. Now that's politics!

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