The Daily Beast
by P.J. O’Rourke
February 7, 2014
Feb. 3rd—Both Houses reconvened on Capitol Hill. Harry Reid emerged from hole in Senate, saw shadow. Eleven more months of Congress forecast.
GOP Says, “I’ll Buy a Vowel…”
Rep. Paul Ryan calls bipartisan immigration reform bill “in doubt.” Not so sure. Both parties are under pressure to act. Republicans want immigration reform as part of long-running struggle to obtain votes from people whose names end in a, e, i, o, u and sometimes y. (Last notable success was during Reagan administration with “Malone, O’Hara, Gilhooey, etc.) Democrats want immigration reform because they can’t figure out how to get the leaf blower started.
In last Sunday’s New York Times about the way federal ethics rules to limit lobbying by former senior officials but still allow D.C. staffers to leave useless administration and worthless Congress to take meaningful jobs with organizations that actually accomplish things. Times, however, did not seem excited about this.