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08-01-2008, 11:58 PM
<o>TV. Fox News covered the story at the top of both its 5 o’clock and 6 o’clock hour, including both video and audio from the floor. CNN’s “The Situation Room” is covering the story as well. <o></o></o>
RADIO. Rush Limbaugh – celebrating 20 years on the air today – covered the uprising in his stack of stuff: “Now, what the House Republicans today are doing right now is just ramming it down the Democrats' throats. When the speaker of the House, who controls all this, orders the cameras turned off, the lights turned off, and the microphones turned off... If you can somehow find a way to let these guys – the Republicans – know that you are appreciative of what they're doing, that they're finally standing up and that they are fighting the Democrat majority on this and taking it to them on an issue that matters greatly to a vast majority of the American people, do it.” **LISTEN to the audio by clicking here (http://www.gop.gov/audio/limbaugh-8-1-08.mp3). <o></o>
·Additionally, Sean Hannity has dedicated a significant portion of his show to these developments, including interviews with Rep. John Shadegg and Rep. Roy Blunt. <o></o>
·Rep. John Carter is doing the JD Hayworth Show and Michael Reagan Radio. He will also appear on KDKA Radio in <st1>:place w:st="on"><st1:city w:st="on">Pittsburgh</st1:city></st1>:place>. <o></o>
·Rep. Mike Pence will also appear on Michael Reagan. <o></o>
·Rep. Kevin Brady did Dateline <st1>:place w:st="on"><st1:state w:st="on">Washington</st1:state></st1>:place> earlier this afternoon. <o></o>
·Rep. Tom Price will appear on KTTH Radio in <st1>:place w:st="on"><st1:city w:st="on">Seattle</st1:city></st1>:place>. <o></o>
HOUSE GOP PRESS CONFERENCE. Shortly after 4:30 p.m., more than a dozen Members walked over to the Will Rogers statue and participated in a press conference on today’s extraordinary events. The event was covered in its entirety on CSPAN 2, and has already been replayed on CSPAN. FOX, ABC, and CBS all had cameras there. To view the video – which we are blasting out very shortly to national and regional media – click here (http://clips.shadowtv.net/media/stv/3343/13/2008/214/16/3343_13_20080801_163030_1388.wmv). Also, we’ve posted several pictures in a special gallery at GOP.gov (http://www.gop.gov/web/guest/photo_gallery/). <o></o>
NEWS COVERAGE. This was a hot story online all afternoon. The Drudge Report (http://www.drudgereport.com/) featured us twice, first with the headline, “House Dems turns out the lights, but GOP keeps talking,” and then later on in the day, it moved to the top of the page: “REVOLT ON THE HILL: LIGHTS OUT.” <o></o>
·Associated Press: “Congress is gone, but Republicans won't leave. … The microphones were off, the House had stopped TV feeds to C-Span and the lights dimmed after the pre-noon vote to adjourn for the August recess. That didn't deter Republicans, who one after another rose to demand that Congress stay in session until it does something about high gas prices.” (8/1/08 (http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5hR0FZ1kvikt98uSZpxlR7nnAAV2AD929M2DO0)) <o></o>
·Even our friends across the pond took notice – this is from the Guardian of <st1>:place w:st="on"><st1:city w:st="on">London</st1:city></st1>:place>: “Republican congressmen refuse to go on vacation. … So when House Democratic leaders adjourned today without voting on whether to end the 26-year ban on drilling along the <st1>:place w:st="on"><st1:country-region w:st="on">US</st1:country-region></st1>:place> coastline, Republicans pounced. In a legislature where business is conducted according to strict rules, they simply refused to accept the result. … The TV cameras that capture every minute of official congressional sessions were turned off when the Democrats adjourned, forcing Republicans to rely on word of mouth to promote their protest.” (8/1/08 (http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/aug/01/usa3)) <o></o>
·Get a load of this! From The <st1:state w:st="on"><st1>:place w:st="on">Washington</st1>:place></st1:state> Post’s Capitol Briefing blog: “Rep. Kevin Brady (R-Texas) apparently went to the airport to go home but then turned around and came back. He walked into the House a few moments ago wheeling his suitcases behind him, prompting a huge round of applause and high-fives from his colleagues.” (8/1/08 (http://blog.washingtonpost.com/capitol-briefing/)) <o></o>
·The Hill: “After a day of protests on the House floor, Republicans ended their standoff with a round of “God Bless <st1:country-region w:st="on">America</st1:country-region>,” and chants of ‘<st1>:place w:st="on"><st1:country-region w:st="on">U.S.A.</st1:country-region></st1>:place>! <st1>:place w:st="on"><st1:country-region w:st="on">U.S.A.</st1:country-region></st1>:place>!’ … Republican lawmakers spent more than five hours making raucous speeches on the floor of a closed House of Representatives.” (8/1/08 (http://thehill.com/leading-the-news/republicans-call-for-emergency-session-2008-08-01.html)) <o></o>
·The Politico: “Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and the Democrats adjourned the House, turned off the lights and killed the microphones, but Republicans are still on the floor talking gas prices… At one point, the lights went off in the House and the microphones were turned off in the chamber… ‘This is the people's House,’ said Rep. Thaddeus McCotter (R-Mich.). ‘This is not Pelosi's politiburo."… Normally, members are not allowed to speak directly to the visitor galleries, and visitors are prohibited from cheering. But in this case, the members are walking up and down on the floor during their speeches, standing on chairs. The visitors are cheering loudly.” (8/1/08 (http://www.politico.com/blogs/thecrypt/0808/House_Dems_turn_out_out_the_light_but_GOP_keep_talking.html?showall)) <o></o>
·National Review Online’s Corner blog: “The atmosphere is positively electric in the House. It's a good thing for Democrats this isn't on C-SPAN because they'd look awful. Still, I get the sense Republicans in Congress aren't there to put on a show. They've seized on an issue they have conviction in and the American people agree with. It's too early to say if Congressional Republicans can carry this momentum forward, but this is the stuff turning points are made of.” (8/1/08 (http://corner.nationalreview.com/post/?q=OWVhYzZkZWY1Nzc2Y2ZiNjBhNzliYmE5ZWVmNmJjMjc=))<o></o>
·Reuters: “Congress starts break with no gas price solution. The U.S. Congress began a five-week vacation on Friday, leaving unresolved how to ease the surge in gasoline prices that is certain to be an issue until election day in November and beyond.” (8/1/08 (http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20080801/pl_nm/usa_congress_energy_dc)) <o></o>
·CQ: “House Adjourns, But Republicans Linger to Bash Democrats on Energy. … The C-SPAN cameras and the microphones were off, but that didn’t stop a small group of Republicans from taking over the floor after the House adjourned for five weeks to attack Democrats for leaving town without doing something to lower gas prices. The GOP talk-a-thon started before noon and stretched on for five hours and 45 minutes. For awhile, the Republicans got the bright lights turned back on and got the sound system operating. They dragged big flip charts to make their points about energy.” (8/1/08 (http://www.cq.com/document/display.do?dockey=/cqonline/prod/data/docs/html/news/110/news110-000002932605.html@allnews&metapub=CQ-NEWS&binderName=latest-news-binder&seqNum=2)) <o></o>
·Roll Call: “Chanting ‘work, work, work,’ a band of House Republicans staged protests on the House floor and refused to leave the chamber on Friday after Democrats pushed through an adjournment resolution in an attempt to cut off Republican speeches… but Republican conservatives eager to speak on high gas prices were unwilling to disperse, and their guerrilla campaign was quickly embraced by House Republican leaders.” (8/1/08 (http://www.rollcall.com/news/27238-1.html)) <o></o>
·The Wall Street Journal’s <st1>:place w:st="on"><st1:state w:st="on">Washington</st1:state></st1>:place> Wire blog: “At 11:23a.m. today, the U.S. House adjourned for a month-long recess, but on Capitol Hill, political theater knows no fixed time or season. A few dozen House Republicans refused to leave the House chamber Friday afternoon, doing their best Jimmy Stewart impression in protest of Democratic leaders declining to bring up legislation that would allow expanded oil drilling in the<st1><st1:country-region w:st="on">United States</st1:country-region></st1>:place>.” (8/1/08 (http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2008/08/01/house-republicans-stage-floor-protest-over-summer-recess/)) <o></o>
·CNN: “The protesting conservatives gave impromptu speeches and nearly filled the seats of their powerful chamber with staffers, Boy Scouts and tourists, in an attempt to pressure Democrats to hold a vote on offshore drilling and other energy ideas. Republicans claim some 45 Congressmen took part. … Unsuspecting tourists were drafted to fill in seats. ‘I was surprised,’ said Becky Evans, a visitor from <st1>"><st1:state w:st="on">Michigan</st1:state></st1>:place>. … ‘The fact that Democrats left before getting their work done is highly disappointing.’” (8/1/08 (http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2008/08/01/congress-shuts-down-for-the-month-gop-refuses-to-leave/)) <o></o>
·NBC’s First Read: “The event that was described earlier, where rebellious Republicans were making speeches on the floor after the House had literally turned out the lights and gone home is now potentially turning into something more. It's not the Bastille and it's not Stonewall, but for this place it's getting exciting. The situation is taking on a life of its own now, as more and more GOP members have put off their travel plans for a few hours to make speeches to staff.” (8/1/08 (http://firstread.msnbc.msn.com/archive/2008/08/01/1242030.aspx))<o></o>
BLOGS. Today’s developments received wall-to-wall blog coverage. For instance, The Red State blog (http://www.redstate.com/diaries/redstate/2008/aug/01/breaking-democrats-shut-down-house-to-go-on/) featured the story all day with a special siren under the headline, “BREAKING: Democrats shut down House to go on paid vacation, Republicans stay on floor, in dark, talking Energy to American people.” Thousands posted comments throughout the afternoon. <o></o>
·It helped, of course, that Members were firing up the grassroots directly. As The Wall Street Journal (http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2008/08/01/house-republicans-stage-floor-protest-over-summer-recess/) reported on its Washington Wire blog, “Texas Republican Rep. John Culberson and Michigan Republican Rep. Pete Hoekstra sent play-by-play dispatches about the pep rally via Twitter, an online messaging service.” Hundreds of Americans signed up to follow Rep. Culberson and Rep. Hoekstra’s posts throughout the afternoon. <o></o>
·Also, Rep. John Campbell posted a blog on Townhall.com (http://greeneyeshade.townhall.com/blog/g/1fa66bfe-6c6d-4716-9b48-56fa7a4f0af2), “I and several dozen others are speaking on the House floor right now to a gallery full of cheering people to demand that Speaker Pelosi allow a vote on more American energy production. No TVs. No microphones.” <o></o>
·Finally, another barometer of just how hot this story is: The Politico story referenced above has generated nearly 1,350 comments. <o></o>

08-02-2008, 12:01 AM
That didn't cut and paste as I thought. The gub site must code a little different.
Anyway what they did today was priceless.ROFL:thumb:

08-02-2008, 12:12 AM
Here's another one. :D
August 01, 2008
Categories: Leadership (http://dyn.politico.com/blogs/thecrypt/index.cfm/category/Leadership) House Dems turn out the lights but GOP keeps talking

Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and the Democrats adjourned the House, turned off the lights and killed the microphones, but Republicans are still on the floor talking gas prices.
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.
See Also: More Updates

GOP talkathon Part II: Dems turn out the lights but GOP won't go home (http://www.politico.com/blogs/thecrypt/0808/Dems_turn_out_the_light_but_GOP_wont_go_home_Part_II.html)
GOP talkathon Part III: No shirt? no tie? No problem (http://www.politico.com/blogs/thecrypt/0808/GOP_talkathon_Part_III_No_shirt_no_tie_No_problem.html?showall)
GOP talkathon Part IV: Come on down (http://www.politico.com/blogs/thecrypt/0808/GOP_Talkathon_Part_IV_Come_on_Down.html?showall)
"This is the people's House," said Rep. Thaddeus McCotter (R-Mich.). "This is not Pelosi's politiburo."
Democratic aides were furious at the GOP stunt, and reporters were kicked out of the Speaker's Lobby, the space next to the House floor where they normally interview lawmakers.
"You're not covering this, are you?" complained one senior Democratic aide. Another called the Republicans "morons" for staying on the floor.
Update: The Capitol Police are now trying to kick reporters out of the press gallery above the floor, meaning we can't watch the Republicans anymore. But Minority Whip Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) is now in the gallery talking to reporters, so the cops have held off for a minute. Clearly, Democrats don't want Republicans getting any press for this episode. GOP leaders are trying to find other Republicans to rotate in for Blunt so reporters aren't kicked out.
Update 2: This message was sent out by Blunt's office:
"Although this Democrat majority just adjourned for the Democrat 5-week vacation, House Republicans are continuing to fight on the House floor. Although the lights, mics and C-SPAN cameras have been turned off, House Republicans are on the floor speaking to the taxpayers in the gallery who, not surprisingly, agree with Republican energy proposals.

"All Republicans who are in town are encouraged to come to the House floor."
Update 3: Democrats just turned out the lights again. Republicans cheered.
Update 4: Republican leaders just sent out a notice looking for a bullhorn, and leadership aides are trying to corral all the members who are still in town to come speak on the floor and sustain this one-sided debate.
Also, Republicans can thank Shadegg for turning on the microphones the first time. Apparently, the fiesty Arizona conservative started typing random codes into the chamber's public address system and accidentally typed the correct code, allowing Republicans brief access to the microphone before it was turned off again.
"I love this," Shadegg told reporters up in the press gallery afterward. "Congress can be so boring. ... This is a kick."
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<style type="text/css"> div#summary{display: none;} </style> Update 5: The scene on the floor is kind of crazy. Normally, members are not allowed to speak directly to the visitor galleries, and visitors are prohibited from cheering. But in this case, the members are walking up and down on the floor during their speeches, standing on chairs. The visitors are cheering loudly. Some members even brought in visitors, who are now sitting on the House floor in the seats normally filled by lawmakers, cheering and clapping. Very funny.
Democrats faced a choice here: Should they leave the cameras on and let Republicans rip Pelosi & Co. on C-SPAN, or should they leave the cameras off and let the Republicans have their "tantrum," as one Democratic aide characterized it, with the cameras off? So the cameras are off, but Republicans, and the crowd, are clearly enjoying the scene.
Update 6: Republicans are literally hugging each other on the House floor. Rep. Don Manzullo (R-Ill.), not normally known as a distinguished orator, just gave a rousing speech, accusing Democrats of stifling dissent. He referenced President John Quincy Adams, who returned as a House member after being defeated in his presidential reelection bid. Waving his arms and yelling, Manzullo brought the crowd (including a lot of staffers shipped in by GOP leaders to fill up the place), and he left the floor to hugs from his colleagues. You don't see that up here every day.
Update 7: Rep Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) just pretended to be a Democrat. He stood on the other side of the chamber and listed all of the GOP bills that the Dems killed.

He then said, "I am a Democrat, and here is my energy plan" and he held up a picture of an old VW Bug with a sail attached to it. He paraded around the House floor with the sign while the crowd cheered.
Update 8: It's over.
Right at the stroke of five Georgia Rep. Tom Price announced that House Republicans were ending their impromptu protest on the floor of the chamber, ending a five-plus hour rebellion with a round of "God Bless America."

The assembled tourists, aides and members in the chamber gave Price and his compatriots a standing ovation. They left the chamber to shouts of "USA! USA! USA!"
See Also: More Updates

GOP talkathon Part II: Dems turn out the lights but GOP won't go home (http://www.politico.com/blogs/thecrypt/0808/Dems_turn_out_the_light_but_GOP_wont_go_home_Part_II.html)
GOP talkathon Part III: No shirt? no tie? No problem (http://www.politico.com/blogs/thecrypt/0808/GOP_talkathon_Part_III_No_shirt_no_tie_No_problem.html?showall)http://www.politico.com/blogs/thecrypt/0808/House_Dems_turn_out_out_the_light_but_GOP_keep_talking.html?showall

08-02-2008, 12:23 AM
I bet you were laughing pretty hard when the Democrats did the exact same thing regarding a hearing on the Patriot Act in October 2005. The Republicans left the room and cut the mics and everything.

On June 17, 2005, Sensenbrenner, the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, abruptly ended a meeting where Republicans and Democrats were supposed to be debating the renewal of the USA PATRIOT Act and walked out in response to Democratic members raising issues regarding human rights violations at the U.S. military prison in Guantanamo Bay and the ongoing Iraq war. He ordered the court reporter to halt transcriptions of the proceedings, C-SPAN cameras covering the meeting be shut off, and that discussion on the issue be halted. Sensenbrenner defended his actions by claiming that the Democrats and witnesses had repeatedly violated House Rules in discussing issues he believed to be unrelated to the subject of the meeting.[7] His abrupt walkout was contrary to House parliamentary procedure, which is to adjourn either on motion or without objection. Political journalist Matt Taibbi described the incident in a profile of the 109th Congress published around Oct. 2006: "Last year, Sensenbrenner became apoplectic when Democrats who wanted to hold a hearing on the Patriot Act invoked a little-known rule that required him to let them have one. "Naturally, he scheduled it for something like 9 a.m. on a Friday when Congress wasn't in session, hoping that no one would show," recalls a Democratic staffer who attended the hearing. "But we got a pretty good turnout anyway." Sensenbrenner kept trying to gavel the hearing to a close, but Democrats again pointed to the rules, which said they had a certain amount of time to examine their witnesses. When they refused to stop the proceedings, the chairman did something unprecedented: He simply picked up his gavel and walked out. "He was like a kid at the playground," the staffer says. And just in case anyone missed the point, Sensenbrenner shut off the lights and cut the microphones on his way out of the room. Commenting on Sensenbrenner's actions, Jon Stewart remarked on the Daily Show, "Oh my God, he literally took his gavel and went home; we are officially being governed by children."

Bet you were rolling. :p

08-02-2008, 12:27 AM
It's an effed up thing to do no matter what party has the majority. If we have a crisis of any sort (which we currently do), it is the responsibility of those elected to do the People's business until some form of answer to the crisis in question is reached. If that means working a bit of overtime - so be it.