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Revolt on Capitol Hill

Ben Pershing, blogging today for the Washington Post, begins his “original post” today, “If a party stages a protest on the House floor but no one can see or hear it, does it make a sound?” He goes on to say:

“That's the question at hand right now, as House Republicans have essentially taken over the House floor to protest the lack of action on energy legislation, despite the fact that the chamber has officially recessed for the August break.”

Seems that Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif), Speaker of the House of Representatives, and the Democrats had “adjourned the House, turned off the lights and killed the microphones, but Republicans are still on the floor talking gas prices,” according to “The Crypt” at Politico.com. The Crypt goes on to say:

“Minority Leader John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) and other GOP leaders opposed the motion to adjourn the House, arguing that Pelosi's refusal to schedule a vote allowing offshore drilling is hurting the American economy. They have refused to leave the floor after the adjournment motion passed at 11:23 a.m., and they are busy bashing Pelosi and her fellow Democrats for leaving town for the August recess.

“At one point, the lights went off in the House and the microphones were turned off in the chamber, meaning Republicans were talking in the dark. But as Rep. John Shadegg (R-Ariz..) was speaking, the lights went back on and the microphones were turned on shortly afterward.

“But C-SPAN, which has no control over the cameras in the chamber, has stopped broadcasting the House floor, meaning no one was witnessing this except the assembled Republicans, their aides, and one Democrat, Rep. Dennis J. Kucinich (D-Ohio), who has now left.

“Only about a half-dozen Republicans were on the floor when this began, but the crowd has grown to about 20, according to Patrick O'Connor.”

I write this because as of about two hours ago (8:00 PM, EDT), another radio talk show host was saying that “old media” was not reporting today’s actions on Capitol Hill although reporters from "the print media" were in the chamber. Consequently, it will be interesting to see how all of this is reported by the major newspapers and television news shows over the weekend.

The Mark Levin Show has additional links and access to his radio show where you can listen to Mark step throw what happened on Capitol Hill today, and includes numerous audio clips highlighting what happened in the House chamber.


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