Elyse Siegel contributed to this story.
Today is the big day: HEALTH CARE SUMMIT. Coming to you live! On C-SPAN! Television cameras pointed squarely on the legislative process, catching every move, every nuance, every twist and turn in this high-stakes health care reform drama.
And knowing this, you'd expect the participants to be on their best behavior, and strive to appear as dignified leaders, entrusted with a great responsibility. But the thing is, these Congresscritters are strange beasts. Train a television camera on them, and they do not suddenly rise to the occasion and present themselves as great statesmen. Instead, they grab stupid props and make idiots signs and act like dumb babies. And, as we've seen, sometimes, in the process of acting like dumb babies, they use actual, smarter babies.
Back in November, we dug up some great examples of the wack-a-doodle stunts that your elected leaders unleash on an unsuspecting world while in the eye of the camera. Since then, we've received a ton of suggestions for more, and we thought that today's events would be a fine time to re-up.
Once again, I'm thankful for the ace assistance of Elyse Siegel, who tracked down these and more. Enjoy the theatrics. Vote for your favorites, and if you have any of your own, send them our way.
Remember, this is a critical part of the whole "lowering of expectations" you should be doing as this health care summit unfolds!