Friday, October 03, 2008

The best line on C-SPAN in a while.

I grant you, C-SPAN's coverage of Congressional proceedings is not often fertile ground for comedy (except perhaps of the unintentional kind). But I'm watching the various short speeches in advance of the vote on HR1424, the revised bailouuh, rescuebill, which is expected momentarily. And I have to give props to Rep. Steve LaTourette of Ohio, who devoted his short presentation to noting cynically that the new bill is larded with earmarks, which are the very porkish projects both candidates have vowed to eliminate, should they be elected. Pointing out that among those earmarks is $192 million in excise-tax relief for rum distributors, LaTourette quipped, "Well, I guess we got the pirate vote in November...." OK, maybe you hadda see it live. But trust me, it was funny. It even got a few chuckles from the other legislators in attendance, most of whom are usually (a) not in attendance, (b) napping, or (c) furtively typing into their Blackberrys with a strange gleam in their eyes. (Can you spell c-o-n-g-r-e-s-s-i-o-n-a-l p-a-g-e?)

Kudos, Steve! And aye-aye, matey!


Elizabeth said...

Har har...

RevRon's Rants said...

So... shall we heretofore refer to the tongue-in-cheek acknowledgment of a legislative absurdity as being evidence of LaTourette's Syndrome?

Sorry about that... I've lived with an incorrigible punster so long that I've become infected with the affliction myself. It's Connie's fault! I am powerless... :-)

Elizabeth said...

Oh, sure, Rev, blame it on a woman. How typical.


(He he, I was thinking along the very same TS lines -- but, miraculously, managed to restrain my uncontrollable urge to voice it.)