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September 2, 2014

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September 2, 2014

Jesse Benton’s Grammar Error of Biblical Proportions

Before Jesse Benton added chapters to the Book of James, he committed a grievous grammatical sin.

Benton, the former campaign aide to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell who recently cut ties with the re-election effort, at least in part, because of the distracting misinformation he said the media kept flinging about, at the end of his resignation letter transgressed against the communications gods by signing off with an erroneous quote.

As conservative pundit Erick Erickson pointed out after digesting Benton’s resignation letter, there is no chapter 16 in the book of James.

 

 

The inspirational passage Benton presumably meant to hang his hat on belongs to the disciple John, who theoretically shared said thought in the final Gospel of the New Testament.

But first there was Benton’s mangling of the word choice rules for “affect” and “effect”:

Working for Mitch McConnell is one of the great honors of my life. He is a friend, a mentor and a great man this commonwealth desperately needs. I cannot, and will not, allow any possibility that my circumstances will effect the voters’ ability to hear his message and assess his record. This election is far too important and the stakes way too high.

To recap, “affect” is a verb that means to influence. “Effect” is primarily used as a noun that means result. Effect, when used as a verb, means simply to cause. So Benton either meant to use the word “affect” or his use of the word “effect” as a verb would change the meaning of the sentence to the following, ahem, effect: “I cannot and, and will not, allow any a possibility that my circumstances will cause the voters’ ability to hear his message and assess his record.”

On a side note, the first chapter of James in the King James version of the Bible has a section about “The Tongue,” which states, in James 1:5. “Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth!”

Vaya con Dios, Jesse Benton.

Overheard: Tammy Duckworth on Being Discreet About IVF Treatments

“Being in the job I have, it was really hard to keep it, you know, very quiet.”

— Rep. Tammy Duckworth discussing her in vitro fertilization treatments on NBC’s “Today” show. The Illinois Democrat announced on Monday’s telecast that she is pregnant with a girl and is due in December. Duckworth, a Blackhawk helicopter pilot in the military during the Iraq war, lost her legs when her chopper was shot down in 2004.

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By Jason Dick Posted at 12:46 p.m.
Kiddies, Reps

August 29, 2014

Overheard: GOP Commendation, Not Condemnation, for Obama

“I think the president is being commendably cautious here about being involved in the middle of a Syrian civil war.”

— Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla., on MSNBC Friday morning.

By Jason Dick Posted at 12:06 p.m.
Overheards, POTUS, Reps

August 27, 2014

John Lewis, James Clyburn to Represent Congress at National Book Festival

John Lewis, James Clyburn to Represent Congress at National Book Festival

Clyburn, left, and Lewis, center, will represent Congress at the National Book Festival. (CQ Roll Call File Photo.)

 

The National Book Festival will feature not just one but two members of Congress for its 2014 gathering, which kicks off Saturday at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in downtown D.C. — Reps. John Lewis, D-Ga., and James E. Clyburn, D-S.C.

Lewis, who’s been on a tear the last year for his graphic novel “March: Book One,” a collaboration with his aide Andrew Aydin and artist Nate Powell about his formative years as a child leading to the civil rights icon’s political awakening, will discuss his work on Saturday from 12:45 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. as part of the Contemporary Life program. He’ll sign books available for purchase from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

John Lewis, James Clyburn to Represent Congress at National Book Festival

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Clyburn will discuss his memoir, “Blessed Experiences: Genuinely Southern, Proudly Black” earlier on Saturday as part of the Contemporary Life program, from 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m., and will sign books from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

By Jason Dick Posted at 4:16 p.m.
Books, Reps

August 26, 2014

Overheard: Rep. Steve Cohen on Guns

“A lot of people in America like guns.”

— Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn., on CNN this morning.

By Jason Dick Posted at 12:47 p.m.
Overheards

August 8, 2014

#flashbackfriday: Even Nixon Was Young Once

#flashbackfriday: Even Nixon Was Young Once

(CQ Roll Call File Photo)

As the 40th anniversary of President Richard M. Nixon’s Aug. 9 resignation nears, the image of the 37th president is often one of a haggard, jowly chief executive, hanging by his fingernails as the world caves in on him. So it’s worth noting, as this photograph of the 1953 inaugural program shows, that Nixon, being sworn in as Dwight D. Eisenhower’s vice president, didn’t always look tired.

Related:

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August 7, 2014

Overheard: Ed Perlmutter Lathers a Snowboard

“We aren’t afraid to try new things, and that has given us great traction.”

— Rep. Ed Perlmutter, D-Colo., at a recent visit to Oz Snowboards in Wheat Ridge, Colo., where “the congressman lathered a board in Oz’s environmentally friendly tree-sap resin and an epoxy, layered it with carbon fiber and affixed the custom top sheet,” according to the Denver Post. Perlmutter was visiting as part of Tuesday’s Startup Day Across America.

#tbt: Richard Nixon Smiles! With Roll Call’s Mort Kondracke

#tbt: Richard Nixon Smiles! With Roll Calls Mort Kondracke

Nixon, left, with Kondracke. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

President Richard Nixon had a life after leaving the presidency on Aug. 9, 1974, and part of it can be glimpsed in this undated-but-most-definitely-post-1970s pic from the Roll Call archives with our own Morton M. Kondracke, former executive editor and current contributing editor. Not to look too much into it, but Nixon looks relaxed, smiling even.

By Jason Dick Posted at 11:05 a.m.
#tbt

August 6, 2014

Overheard: Jared Polis Steps In It Back Home

“I stepped into a void and tried to move the issue forward. Next time we do this, it’ll be a people-powered initiative.”

— Rep. Jared Polis after facing an angry group of constituents in Boulder, Colo. The constituents were furious he cut a deal to hold off on anti-fracking ballot initiatives he had helped bankroll and which had more than 200,000 signatures to put on the November ballot, according to the Boulder Daily Camera.

August 3, 2014

Touché Dear Readers, Touché | Capitol Quip

Touché Dear Readers, Touché | Capitol Quip

Thanks to the many readers who contributed captions for last week’s Capitol Quip contest. Here’s the winning entry, as voted by readers of Heard on the Hill.

The winner will receive a signed color print suitable for framing from Roll Call cartoonist R. J. Matson. Check out our past winners on Pinterest.

With the August recess, we’ll be taking a short break with Capitol Quip, but we’ll be back in September!

By Jason Dick Posted at 7 p.m.
Capitol Quip

August 1, 2014

Eric Cantor’s Intent to ‘Serve Out My Term’ Didn’t Last 2 Months

Eric Cantors Intent to Serve Out My Term Didnt Last 2 Months

Cantor, on his way out quicker than first stated. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

In the aftermath of Rep. Eric Cantor’s defeat in Virginia’s June 10 Republican primary, he stated the very next day that he would step down as majority leader but intended to stay through the remainder of the 113th Congress.

Here’s what Cantor said at the June 11 presser where he announced his plans: ”Now while I intend to serve out my term as a member of Congress from the 7th District of Virginia, effective July 31st, I will be stepping down as majority leader. It is with great humility that I do so, knowing the tremendous honor it has been to hold this position.”

Fast forward to Aug. 1, when the chimes struck midnight and the Richmond Times-Dispatch posted an interview with Cantor, who explained he would resign his seat Aug. 18.

By Jason Dick Posted at 9:48 a.m.
Outta Here!, Reps

July 29, 2014

The Music That Should Have Played on the Eric Cantor Tribute Video

By now, you’ve likely seen the tribute video House Republicans made for Rep. Eric Cantor, who is stepping down as majority leader on Thursday after losing his primary earlier this year. Along with images of the Virginian purposefully talking, it has a musical score described best as cable television network commercial humble-brag about Emmy-winning programs.

We knew they could do better. So after an incredibly scientific survey of music about goodbye, we came up with the following Spotifyplay list that can be used to overdub the Cantor tribute video. From Cantor’s hometown band GWAR to that immortal Vitamin C song (you know the one; here it comes …), here is HOH’s good deed for the day:

 

July 27, 2014

About That Do-Nothing Congress … | Capitol Quip

About That Do Nothing Congress ... | Capitol Quip

The 113th Congress is on pace to be the least productive in modern memory. So what does a do-nothing Congress do on recess? This brings us to this week’s Capitol Quip captioning contest.

Send us a caption for this week’s contest by leaving it in the comments section. Editors will pick five finalists on Wednesday, and everyone can vote for the winner through Thursday.

To see our previous winners, check us out on Pinterest.

By Jason Dick Posted at 7:05 p.m.
Capitol Quip

Start Your General Motors | Capitol Quip

Start Your General Motors | Capitol Quip

 

Thanks to the many readers who contributed captions for last week’s Capitol Quip contest. Here’s the winning entry, as voted by readers of Heard on the Hill.

The winner will receive a signed color print suitable for framing from Roll Call cartoonist R. J. Matson. Check out our past winners on Pinterest.

July 25, 2014

Howard Coble Rocks the Madras Plaid

Howard Coble Rocks the Madras Plaid

Coble, rocking the madras plaid on Friday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

If there is any doubt that we’ll miss the fashion flare of retiring Rep. Howard Coble, R-N.C., in future congresses, we certainly hope this photo dispels those doubts. We love madras!

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