It’s an election year, and the Democrats need a new fundraising peg. So what better way to represent their constituents than to abandon their soft leather chairs for a soft thick carpet in a camera-ready show of solidarity against all the poor slobs being swept up willy-nilly in the Homeland Security surveillance dragnet? We have to keep guns out of the hands of those “potential” terrorists, dontcha know. They’re guilty until proven innocent.
To hear the mainstream media tell it, this pseudo-strike by a bunch of liberal millionaires in the House of Representatives is a courageous act of civil disobedience against the malign forces of the Sovereign State of Republicantia. Those GOPers are such demented sadists they won’t even pass a bill keeping guns out of the hands of whatever “Others” the Deep State decides to put on its secret and deeply undemocratic No Fly List.
Therefore, led by Civil Rights icon John Lewis, the House Democrats one by one lowered their pampered butts to the House Floor, their suddenly reanimated spines creaking in protest. They had their selfie-taking cell phones courageously charged and ready to document every fraught moment. And when Top Speaker Cop Paul Ryan summarily banned C-span cameras from the premises, the congress critters defiantly clicked on their Face Time apps so as to be able to communicate their marathon struggle on live TV.
It would have been considered politically incorrect to say that this act of limousine liberal disobedience was “a shot heard round the world,” but Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi did her best Ralph Waldo Emerson imitation nonetheless, gushing: “It was a discussion heard round the world!”
The New York Times, totally embedded, breathlessly reported on the revolutionary “insurrection”:
As Paul Ryan left the speaker’s chair, Democrats shouted: “Shame! Shame! Shame!”
There were scenes of chaos across the floor as Republicans tried to resume regular business. At one point, Democrats began singing “We Shall Overcome”…