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November 12, 2013

Overheard: An Endangered Political Species in Montana

“The party of which I was once a member no longer exists today in Montana.”

John Bohlinger, a former Republican who is a candidate for the Democratic Senate nomination in Montana, on MSNBC.

November 11, 2013

Overheard: Christening a Ford, not a Lincoln

“It carries the name of a president who showed us America at its best, an America that strives to bring hope to every corner of the planet and to do so with strength, but without bluster. Then-Congressman Ford brought a moment of modest humor to the solemn moment he was sworn in as vice president. He told America, ‘I am a Ford, not a Lincoln.’”

Sen. Carl Levin, speaking on Nov. 9 at the christening of the USS Gerald R. Ford in Newport News, Va.

November 8, 2013

Overheard: Obama on How “This Town” Works

“I’ve now been in this town long enough to know that, you know, folks like to seem important by getting their version of events in the press.”

— President Barack Obama, in an interview with NBC News that aired Thursday.

November 7, 2013

Overheard: Inhofe’s Warm Memories of the Cold War

“I’ve often said that recently, you know, I look back wistfully at the days of the Cold War.”

— Senate Armed Services ranking member James M. Inhofe, at today’s committee hearing on sequestration and the military.

November 6, 2013

Church Sends Congress a Message

Church Sends Congress a Message

Are the Methodists sending a message to Congress? (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call)

It’s a slow week on Capitol Hill, with only the Senate in, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t political messaging. Across the street from the Capitol lies the United Methodist Building, which seemed to be sending a message to Congress with its front-yard sign: “God’s Justice Never Shuts Down.” The shutdown might be over, but the fallout apparently is not.

November 1, 2013

Overheard: Roy Blunt on Producing Nothing

“Whether it’s the appropriations bills or just the normal work that Congress does, we’ve fallen into this pattern of thinking, ‘If I don’t get what I want, I don’t want anything.’ And that’s going to produce nothing.”

— Sen. Roy Blunt, on MSNBC Friday morning.

October 30, 2013

Overheard: Coburn Explains His Anatomical Reference to Reid

“My words weren’t appropriate, but my frustrations are real.”

— Sen. Tom Coburn, explaining the reason he referred to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid as an “absolute” orifice on the backside of the human body at a Republican gala in New York on Monday.

The Oklahoma Republican was asked about it Wednesday on Fox News by Elisabeth Hasselbeck before a segment Coburn was doing on national parks maintenance woes.

October 29, 2013

Overheard: Mitch McConnell on Bigfoot

“Unsurprisingly, just 12 percent of Americans think the rollout has gone well. That’s less than 14 percent of Americans who believe in Bigfoot.”

— Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, speaking Tuesday on the floor about the health care law and Bigfoot.

October 24, 2013

Overheard: John Dingell Talks Ancient History, Literally

“I remind my colleagues, the last perfect law came off the top of Mount Sinai … written on a stone tablet by the hand of God. Note, nothing so good has happened since.”

— Rep. John D. Dingell, D-Mich., at today’s House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing on the rollout of the new health care law.

October 16, 2013

Overheard: FreedomWorks Bemoans Shutdown Bargain

“The line separating the Democrats and the Republican establishment is fading — it might have disappeared today. This is about Washington insiders versus the rest of America now.”

— incensed about the looming budget deal, FreedomWorks stokes the tea party faithful by redrawing the battle lines

October 8, 2013

Overheard: ‘Talk to Jay’

“I’m just going through my list, guys. Talk to Jay.”

President Barack Obama, referring any reporter complaints about who was being called on at Tuesday’s White House news briefing to White House Press Secretary Jay Carney.

By Jason Dick Posted at 3:16 p.m.

October 2, 2013

Overheard: Homeless Not Exempt From Shutdown

“I know it’s a shutdown, sir. But you can’t be laying back down.”

— A street vendor trying to rouse a homeless gent dozing on a Capitol Hill sidewalk

September 24, 2013

Stockman: Democrats Want to Kill Infants

Rep. Steve Stockman is never one to disappoint when it comes to questionable tweets. Here’s the Texas Republican’s latest attempt to put the Senate debate on Obamacare defunding and Sen. Ted Cruz’s extended speechifying in perspective.

Stockman, it should be noted, does not always write his own tweets. They are often authored by his communications director, Donny Ferguson, who also has his own twitter handle @DonnyFerguson.


September 23, 2013

Overheard: Harry Reid’s Love of Grocery Shopping

“One of my favorite things I like to do in Nevada and here in Washington is to go grocery shopping. It is such a diversion for me. I love going grocery shopping to look around, buy things. Landra and I are without our children and our grandchildren — we live alone — but we still buy food and I enjoy that so very much.”

— Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on the floor Sept. 19

September 18, 2013

Nothing to See Here, Says Erica Elliott

Erica Elliott, spokeswoman extraordinaire for House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., had the unenviable task of calming frayed nerves Wednesday, after the House community had been informed that plans for the foreseeable future had been officially flushed down the toilet.

Because Congress can’t figure out how to pass appropriations bills before the end of the fiscal year, the word went out around 3:45 p.m. that the House would be in session longer than anticipated.

“Members are advised that on Wednesday, September 25, the House will reconvene at 2:00 p.m. for legislative business with votes postponed until 6:30 p.m.  Members further are advised that the House will remain in session through the week, and possibly the weekend, until the completion of the CR. This is a change from the previously announced schedule,” the notice read.

Apparently, all hell broke loose, not that anyone enjoys finding out their schedule’s been thrown into a chaos of their own making. But the wording was a bit confusing, prompting some people to not be very pleased at all. Elliott sent out a missive a little while later, chiding everyone and, for good measure, she included a YouTube link to a scene at the end of “Animal House” that depicted mass hysteria, as well as a young Kevin Bacon yelling, “All is well,” before being flattened by the frightened hordes.

“To clarify all of the confusion and panic: The House was supposed to be out next week. Instead of being out next week, we will be in starting Wednesday. We will consider the CR before we leave this week. C’mon y’all …” her missive read, followed by the YouTube link.

So remember, as we get closer to a government shutdown and a possible worldwide economic slowdown: All is well!

After all, look how it turned out for Kevin Bacon’s character!

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