I, for one, enjoyed the hell out of the fiscal cliff kerfuffle on Capitol Hill. Sure it was embarrassing to watch our elected leaders totally drop the ball and procrastinate against a deadline they created for themselves almost two years ago. But great theater it made.
My favorite moment — besides the one where House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) allegedly told Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) to “go f_ck yourself” — came when retiring Rep. Steve LaTourette (R-OH 14), flummoxed by a Senate bill passed during the wee hours of New Year’s morning, chided House Republicans for attempting to follow the lead of “sleep-deprived octogenarians.”
It’s important to note there are only three octogenarians in the Senate — New Jersey Democrat Frank Lautenberg (88), Hawaii Democrat Daniel Akaka (88) and Indiana Republican Dick Lugar (80).
But here’s what Rep. LaTourette wanted fellow House Republicans to envision:
There are many insults that can be throw at current members of Senate.
Sleep-deprived octogenarians? C’mon, man.
In reality, each of the Senate octogenarians looks spry as hell. I wouldn’t mess with any one of these guys — not in a fistfight, not in gin rummy:
Sen. Lautenberg will straight up cut you.
Sen. Akaka won’t hesitate to bring the chin music.
Sen. Lugar keeps pace with Olympic marathoner Meb Keflezighi. No big.