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October 26, 2014

Taking a Cleaver to the Horror Genre

The new year brings more stirring prose from resident philosophizer Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.).

This time around, Cleaver ruminates on what he considers to be some troubling aspects in the “Twilight” series — “Everyone knows that real vampires and real werewolves don’t date the same girl,” he proclaims — and pines for the horror writers of yore, notably Bram Stoker and Mary Shelley.

Cleaver’s paean to monster lore closes, however, with this ominous warning to his fellow lawmakers:

“Congress is slowly but surely bringing its own monster called acrimony to life, albeit in an unscientific manner. This Congressional Frankenstein now needlessly obstructs the goodwill and statesmanship of this body.”

A dire prognosis, indeed.

But has Congress really turned into Dr. Frankenstein’s monster?

Let’s review: Frankie’s monster was a composite being stitched together from mismatched parts that lumbered about with no clear agenda, terrifying the general public.

Does that sound like Congress to you?

Chew on Cleaver’s entire missive here, courtesy of our pals at Congressional Quarterly.

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