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Monday, October 23, 2006

Worst. Congress. Ever.

posted by on October 23 at 11:26 AM

Allow me to suggest that you all read Matt Taibbi’s Rolling Stone cover story, Time to Go! Inside the Worst Congress Ever.

There’s nothing terribly new in the piece, but the litany of abuses collected all in one place is rather stunning. Taibbi’s decidedly irreverent and, might I say, Stranger-esque, tone is pretty fun to read as well.

These past six years were more than just the most shameful, corrupt and incompetent period in the history of the American legislative branch. These were the years when the U.S. parliament became a historical punch line, a political obscenity on par with the court of Nero or Caligula — a stable of thieves and perverts who committed crimes rolling out of bed in the morning and did their very best to turn the mighty American empire into a debt-laden, despotic backwater, a Burkina Faso with cable.

Use it to get fired up for Election Day, and to fire up others.

(Also see the companion piece, The 10 Worst Congressmen, a list on which Republicans outnumber Democrats 9-1.)

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This is great!

"The committee is chaired by the legendary Republican monster James Sensenbrenner Jr., an ever-sweating, fat-fingered beast who wields his gavel in a way that makes you think he might have used one before in some other arena, perhaps to beat prostitutes to death."

Posted by Levislade | October 23, 2006 11:47 AM

Sorry haven't been posting - been carrying lit door to door to get people to vote.

Posted by Will in Seattle | October 23, 2006 12:13 PM

Taibbi's "Spanking the Donkey" was hillarious, and quite Stranger-esq itself...

Posted by golob | October 23, 2006 12:45 PM

That's what happens when you have a one-party government.

Posted by keshmeshi | October 23, 2006 1:03 PM

Matt Taibbi was writing "Stranger-esque" political pieces lonnnngg ago in the X-ile, a weekly he started in Russia. He once pied an NYT journo with a cream pie filled with horse sperm. Try that at City Hall, Savage!

Posted by Glenn | October 23, 2006 1:27 PM

Hey, I had the pleasure of hanging out with Taibbi in the Senate Press Gallery while he was working on that story.
He seemed mild mannered to me.
It was the end of day after the habeas corpus vote, and I was beat, and I was vegging out on one of the couches (and I think even nodding off as a beautiful rainstorm crashed against the 1800s windows), and he was sunk down in the couch too, we were having one of those pleasant conversations where we'd each say something once every five minutes and laugh and kind of space out again goofing with our cell phones or something.
I met him because he looked like an old veteran reporter, and so I asked him if he knew where I could get a print out of the roll call votes, and he said: "Beats me. This is my first day here."

Posted by Josh Feit | October 23, 2006 5:08 PM

I think you owe the residents of Burkino Faso a BIG apology.

Posted by Queequeg | October 24, 2006 3:06 AM

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