Shock news from Washington DC confirms the extraordinary power of the blogosphere. Scarcely had the Battle of Tim-Tim ensued on the net than the US House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee exploded in an uncannily accurate – and similarly acrimonious – reprise of that engagement. Amidst cries of ‘wimp,’ ‘fruitcake’ and the ever-popular ‘sad day for democracy’, Left and Right managed the not inconsiderable achievement of converting a prosaic committee discussion of a bipartisan bill about pensions schemes into a partisan slag-off of herculean proportion. Highlights included Democrats abandoning the committee room and huddling, defiant, in a library (all the tennis-courts of the oath-taking variety were presumably booked for play) whence the Republican committee chair summoned the Washington DC police to arrest them – for what exactly, is still not clear.
Once the police had fled in horror at the very thought of having to deal with
a matter so totally outside their brief – let alone inclination – photo-opportunities were resumed until advantage was totally wrung out. Both parties then returned to the House chamber where they whiled away a non-productive afternoon in thunderous denunciations of each other.
The Washington Post in head-scratching mode (surely ironic!) observes that ‘many Democrats actually support the bill’. They all voted against it anyway. Let’s hope they never get to hear about Delta Goodrem in D.C.