But the National Republican Senatorial Committee has adopted a hot pink color scheme for the remainder of the month to honor the life-affirming work of the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Along with a prominent “Donate” button at the top of the home page, the site is firmly in the pink. Even links to outside websites, archived material and tweets are outlined in the breast cancer awareness hue.
“This was a very simple effort to call attention to the fight against breast cancer and pay tribute to survivors across the country,” NRSC spokesman Brad Dayspring told HOH of the show of solidarity. One thing that doesn’t appear to change, though, is the NRSC determination to paint the Senate electoral landscape red.
We haven’t heard much from Team Komen since it waved the white flag after getting caught in the crossfire of the 2012 election. Perhaps they’ve decided to steer clear of political controversy for a while.
Fresh off her headline-grabbing turn at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards, Miley Cyrus set her sights on ripping the government shutdown a new one this weekend on “Saturday Night Live.”
Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, took a metaphorical beating in the parody vid, prancing around in Cyrus’ signature skimpy gear and acting just as crazy, if not crazier, than the daughter of Billy Ray Cyrus does in what passes for her real life. Full story
Let it not be said that Rep. Steve Stockman, R-Texas, isn’t thinking about the future.
In the midst of a government shutdown and a looming default on the debt limit, Stockman released this statement Monday: “Congressman Steve Stockman (R-TX 36) will announce Tuesday his invited guest to January’s State of the Union Address. Stockman’s guest to the 2013 address was musician and gun activist Ted Nugent.”
We eagerly await the announcement, although it will be hard to top Uncle Ted.
Nugent, right, was Stockman’s guest at the State of the Union this year. How do you top that? Find out Tuesday. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)
Self-propelled tour guide James Willett has apparently had a tough time shepherding potential fares into his pedicab during the ongoing government shutdown.
Thankfully, folks still gotta eat.
According to a Carmine’s spokeswoman, the self-employed tourist wrangler has seen his business “catastrophically depleted” because of all the administration-mandated closures around town — particularly the suddenly inhospitable National Mall and historic monuments.
“He basically has to warn everybody, ‘I can go ahead and ride you by, but you can’t stop,’” the Carmine’s rep said of Willett’s politically inspired predicament.
When Jeff Bank heard about Willett’s dilemma last week on 94.7 Fresh FM (Willett’s mom was sharing his tale of woe with morning drive personality Tommy McFly), the Carmine’s CEO hired him on the spot, offering Willett the opportunity to pad his income by peddling around mountainous pasta dishes to carb-loving customers.
Willett jumped at the opportunity, tacking up the following thank you message on the rear of his ride for all to see: “Thanks Carmine’s for hiring me!! No longer a victim of the FURLOUGH ripple effect!!!!”
Fans of conspiracy theories about the puppet masters have apparently had enough, and they want everyone from the Masons to Google and the Knights Templar to fix the hurtling mess that we’ve come to call the U.S. government. Full story
Any cash-strapped feds had all the belt-tightening they can handle? Broadcasting magnate Howard Stern just might have a solution for you.
The satellite radio kingpin Monday announced that he’s growing his game show catalog — who can forget the hours of good, clean family fun provided by “Dial-a-Date,” “Hollyweird Squares” or the multiple installments of “It’s Just Wrong” — by launching the hottest nude mother-daughter contest.
“I got a feeling that a lot of federal workers who are not getting paid might enter that contest,” Stern told his SiriusXM audience after trying to guesstimate who, in their right minds, would actually vie for the $5,000 prize.
The contest opened Monday and entries will be accepted till noon on Oct. 31; the actual drama will unfold inside Studio 69 on Jan. 14, 2014. Peep all the rules here.
It’s not exactly a free lunch. But NV Healthcare LLC wants to help furloughed federal workers satisfy another craving.
The New York-based company has wrapped its head around the lingering shutdown and come up with a stopgap solution: free contraception for the duration of the government standoff. Take that, non-functioning Obamacare sign-up portals!
The last time they co-hosted a Camp Freddy rager here in D.C., campaign operatives John Murray and Doug Davenport drew an enthusiastic crowd that partied hard, rocked out and kicked in $70,000 for the military-rehab-minded folks at Rivers of Recovery.
The folks behind Warehouse Productions, Bruce Gates, with eyepatch, and Joyce Gates, left, are helping produce this year’s event. (Courtesy Mike Kandel)
The duo are now hoping to sell out the 9:30 Club (815 V St. NW) by dangling the free-form super group and a timely excuse for cosplay in front of those who wouldn’t dream of missing the “2nd Annual Bipartisan All Hallows Eve Costume Party.”
The show is scheduled to take place at 8 p.m. on Oct. 26. General admission tickets start at $50 — or you can spring for a VIP sponsorship package, which includes access to an open bar, semi-private breathing room on the cordoned off second floor and a meet-and-greet with the featured performers — with all proceeds flowing through to the Boulder Crest Retreat. Full story
Railing against the do-nothing government you helped grind to a halt is nothing new here in Washington.
Now we have memes that help commemorate the hypocrisy.
This non sequitur jab (attributed to a right-leaning website) at 44 is rhetorical junk, since money was never really the issue in either case: both battles are about political will.
The former was stymied by lack of agreement on military action, while the latter is the unforeseen — and now deeply lamented — consequence of the scorched earth policy both parties have adopted regarding anything to the do with the polarizing Affordable Care Act.
But that didn’t stop pols, such as Rep. Bill Cassidy, R-La., from trying to score points with it over the weekend.
“No, Mr. Cassidy, it’s not a good point. It’s not even remotely the same thing and goes to show either how much he doesn’t know or how much he just wants to push hate during a shutdown,” an HOH tipster vented via email. Full story
The first week of the government shutdown produced its share of rancor, which seemed to give way to a sense of fatalism as people questioned whether this is really the best the country can expect from its elected officials. Which brings us to this week’s Capitol Quip.
Send us a caption for this week’s contest by leaving it in the comments section of our Heard on the Hill blog. Editors will pick five finalists on Wednesday, and everyone can vote for the winner through Thursday.
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Fitness maestro Richard Simmons is worried about Capitol Hill.
“I think there’s a lot of stress in Washington,” he said about the government shutdown in an exclusive interview with HOH. “You should be blessed, not stressed.”
Richard Simmons wants people on the Hill to be happy! (CQ Roll Call File Photo)
He expressed concern for the members, Hill staffers and reporters feeling worn down by the drama. But he noted there are many Americans with self-esteem and weight issues who are far worse off than those caught in the middle of this political crisis.
“I planted a weeping willow tree just to sit under it and cry,” he said of his contact with those individuals.
“You can cope if you have hope,” he added. “And that’s what I try to give people.”
He was adamant that even amid the political chaos, Washingtonians should still prioritize a healthy lifestyle.
“It was almost like a campaign speech on those recordings,” Riedel complained to HOH about the announcements she had to sit through during calls to Democratic Sens. Barbara A. Mikulski and Benjamin L. Cardin.
Liberal Frank Kelly has penned his first one-act play, a dramedy in which the ongoing government shutdown is boiled down to a farcical horse race.
“I’m an aerospace engineer in Los Angeles (non-furloughed!). And I promise I don’t have a script I’m ‘working on,’” Kelly, who claims he doesn’t typically wade too far into politics, assured HOH via email. But he said he became so transfixed by the psychology behind the budget impasse — the idiocy of it all kept him up for a bit one night, then turned to resolve the following evening — he felt compelled to break down the fight for even the most casual of observers.
He blasted out the cheeky analysis, titled, “Government Shutdown as a Horse Race Metaphor,” to 18 friends — one of whom must have shared it with the GOP tipster who zapped it our way:
Scene: At the Horse Race Track
Republicans: “I don’t like that horse that’s winning.”
Democrats: “Oh, I actually kind of like that horse that’s winning.”
Republicans: “Well, you’re going to have to stop that horse from winning.”
Democrats: “Excuse me?”
Republicans: “Stop that horse from winning, I hate it.”
Democrats: “We already started the race, I can’t stop the horse from winning.”
Republicans: “Well fine, if you don’t stop that horse from winning I’m going to kill all the horses.”
Democrats: “What! You’re going to kill ALL the horses?”
Republicans: “Well, you leave me no choice.”
Democrats: “So just cause that horse is winning you are going to kill it and all the other horses in the race?”
Republicans: “Well, I actually can’t kill the one horse that’s winning.”
Democrats: “So you’re just going to to kill all the OTHER horses?”
Democrats: “How is that going to stop the horse that’s winning?”
Republicans: “I don’t know, but you sure will be depressed about all these dead horses laying about.”
“I think it was emailed to one person in DC who works in politics and is a Republican moderate. I think he is more upset about the whole thing than I am,” Kelly said of the shared contempt he believes the shutdown has fostered across the ideological spectrum.
To wit, Kelly hinted that he’d be just as wary of allowing the far left to wield absolute power.
“It’s like if a bunch of annoying hippies got to run the Democratic Party. ‘We’re not raising the debt ceiling until all the nuclear weapons and reactors and bad feelings are destroyed!’” he joked about his personal nightmare scenario.
Kelly may not be a comedic genius, but his comparison did make us chuckle. It remains, however, only the second-biggest debacle involving bumbling gamblers and perplexing messaging.