Wednesday, February 24, 2010

The Congressional Olympics

Sometimes, the way Congress works can be as mysterious as the Olympic sport of curling. Also like curling, however, it can be great fun to watch.

Take, for example, Rep. Anthony Weiner's floor speech earlier today in the House of Representatives. First, he calls the Republican Party a "wholly owned subsidiary of the insurance industry."

When one of those wholly-owned subsidiaries (Rep. Dan Lungren, Republican of California) objects to the harsh language and asks that it be "taken down" -- presumably on the grounds that Mr. Weiner (D-NY) couldn't possibly have personal knowledge about who owns the Republican Party, since he's a Democrat -- Weiner amended his remarks.

"Every single Republican I have ever met in my entire life," he stated, "is a wholly owned subsidiary of the insurance industry."

Now, that's something Mr. Weiner can personally attest to. We give him a perfect 300, or whatever it is, on the Olympic grading scale.

Firedog Lake has the (helpful) play-by-play 'color commentary' to assist you in understanding this arcane sport. FDL also has the after-game interview.

You can watch for yourself the sweeping plays and sliding stones of the Congressional Take-Down sport right here:

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