Tuesday, December 02, 2008
The Senate Majority Leader says that voters smell. Well, sure -- H.L. Mencken referred to the average folk as the "Great Unwashed" for a reason -- but somehow our Senators and Representatives managed to get through the last 208 Washington summers without a $651 million air-conditioned "visitors center" to redirect all that body odor. Apparently our legislators have more sensitive noses than they did in days of yore.
There is, of course, a silver lining. As everybody knows, air conditioning a big space takes a lot of energy. I am absolutely thrilled to learn that no amount of incremental carbon footprint is too big a price to protect Harry Reid from olfactory assault. I, too, have petty needs and minor inconveniences that only the profligate use of energy can resolve.
CWCID: Glenn Reynolds.
"I saw Mark Antony offer him a crown;--yet 'twas not a crown neither, 'twas one of these coronets;--and, as I told you, he put it by once: but, for all that, to my thinking, he would fain have had it. Then he offered it to him again; then he put it by again:
but, to my thinking, he was very loath to lay his fingers off it. And then he offered it the third
time; he put it the third time by: and still as he refused it, the rabblement hooted and clapped their
chapped hands and threw up their sweaty night-caps and uttered such a deal of stinking breath because
Caesar refused the crown that it had almost choked Caesar; for he swounded and fell down at it: and
for mine own part, I durst not laugh, for fear of opening my lips and receiving the bad air.
If Harry is so damn offended by the smell of the common man, why doesn't he go home to Nevada and stay there?
At least he and his colleagues could follow the example of the early Congresses and pack up and close up shop from June 15th to September 15th and leave town.
From watching them for the last two years, no action for three or four months would be an improvement. Heck, it might even raise their approval ratings. It certainly couldn't hurt them.