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July 25, 2014

Where’s the Congressional Mute Button? | Capitol Quip

 Wheres the Congressional Mute Button? | Capitol Quip

Tensions boiled over last week when House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., cut of the microphone of ranking member Elijah E. Cummings, D-Md., before Cummings could speak at a panel hearing. Harsh words followed, along with rancor on the floor and, eventually, a kinda-sorta apology predicated on the words “hissy fit.” That brings us to this week’s Capitol Quip.

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.

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  • Ed Beck

    I still want to speak! Issa had enough of your bully ways… I’m good enough, I’m smart enough, & doggone it, people like me…

  • Ed Beck

    Can you hear me now, Issa Issa Issa… I sense we’re all ready to call it a day, cut it off, cut it off, cut it off…

  • Ed Beck

    Elijah, wins, wins, wins, wins, wins, wins! Issa, quits, quits, quits, quit, quits, quits!

  • Jimmie1151

    BENGHAZI, FAST AND FURIOUS, I.R.S., BENGHAZI, FAST AND FURIOUS, I.R.S., BENGHAZI, FAST AND FURIOUS, I.R.S., BENGHAZI, FAST AND FURIOUS, I.R.S., BENGHAZI, FAST AND FURIOUS, I.R.S., BENGHAZI, FAST AND FURIOUS, I.R.S., ($14million dollars).

  • AnthonyLook

    Americans imagine voting in Democrats to control status of the Congressional House— we could make it priority number one— investigate Darrell Issa. Vote Republicans Out–Return the House to Democratic Control, return American away from the hands of these extremists.

  • L. Camino

    Cummings: “and I further maintain…”
    Issa: “Oops, well isn’t that little button handy.”
    Cummings: “Mr. Chairman! I beg your pardon!”
    Issa: “No need to beg my friend. I’m the button man!”
    Cummings: “This is unconscionable!”
    Issa: “This is a heck of a lot of fun is what this is!”

  • Lars K.

    Ain’t I a stinker?

  • Wotann

    I’ve got dope rhymes for the “Sucka MC” sitting next to me!

  • PB

    I think this only means one thing…I’m now the story! AGAIN!

  • EJRotert

    Enough! What ever gave you the idea this was a chamber of debate?

  • Guest

    I’m the chairman. I can outblurb you.

  • EJRotert

    I’m the chairman. I can out-caption you.

  • Steve

    Note to aspiring Chairs – There’s more than one way to mute a ‘crat!

  • Steve

    Freedom of speech does not insure the right to amplification

  • Hutch King

    A society of merit is a society of chores performed rather than success achieved; a society subject to the whims of those who judge merit.

  • disqus_zaCJJeFItp

    No, you can’t! Yes, I can! No, you can’t! Yes, I can! No, you can’t! Yes, I can! No, you can’t! Yes, I can! No, you can’t! Yes, I can! No, you can’t! Yes, I can!

  • Ed Beck

    I’m sure brother Cummings will be going.

  • EJRotert

    Your captions will be duly noted.

  • EJRotert

    What is this, the movie `8 Mile?’

  • Tommy Parton

    ♫♪♫ Anything you can do I can do better, ♫♪♫ I can do anything better than You ♫♪1♫ No you can’t Yes I can, No you can’t, YES I CAN !! ♫♪♫

  • Tommy Parton

    Butter, Parquet, Butter, Parquet, Butter, Parquet, Butter, Parquet, Butter, Parquet, Butter, Parquet, Butter, Parquet, Butter, Parquet, Butter, Parquet,

  • Ed Beck

    Of course you challenge me in the name of a higher power, Elijah!

  • No5thDown

    As chairman Waxman once said to me, “I will have you physically removed if you don’t be quiet”.

  • Scott E. Conlan PhD

    This hand gesture at my neck REALLY means…OFF WITH YOUR HEAD!

  • Scott E. Conlan PhD

    (As Daniel Tosh would say) Well, I NEVAH!

  • Scott E. Conlan PhD

    Mr. Chairman, May I remind you that if you play your remarks backward, your name is ASS-I.

  • Ed Beck

    Not only am I a pain, I intend on leading this committee way past the two consecutive sessions limit.

  • EJRotert

    And I thought Ms. Lerner was a slow learner.

  • LZ126

    Both [simultaneously]: “Will the Gentleman cease his antics???”

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