Dancing and wagging

Posted July 30, 2013
Updated August 1, 2013

— A couple of videos are making the rounds in North Carolina political circles today.

The first came from a CNN iReport feature, which lets users upload their own videos and stories. The "report," posted anonymously, suggests that Republican lawmakers were dancing to celebrate their accomplishments. 

Not really.

The video in question was captured on the second-to-last day of session. House members were waiting for bills to come over from the Senate or be processed out of committee – delays are frequent and long at the end of session. During the recess, a longtime aide to Rep. Paul "Skip" Stam, Christin Danchi, was invited to serenade the House. She played a couple of classical pieces as well as some faster fiddle tunes. Danchi is headed for music school in violin at Carnegie Mellon this fall. 

A few Republican lawmakers danced a little while she was playing one of her faster pieces. 

While there might be an argument over whether this was proper decorum, it is far from the zaniest antic to arise toward the end of session. Prior session have included at least one lawmaker singing Johnny Cash tunes a cappella through the microphone usually used for debates..

Next up was a clip from the Colbert Report, in which the faux-conservative talk show host offered a "tip of my hat" to North Carolina over the recently passed omnibus firearms law.

"Now you can bring guns to playgrounds. And folks we need them, because the monkey bars are well-known Al-Qaeda training grounds," Colbert quipped. 

That clip is embedded below. The snarking on North Carolina begins at the four minute mark. 




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  • 42_wral_mods_suck_i'm_gone Jul 31, 2013

    I thought the GOP banned dancing?

  • 42_wral_mods_suck_i'm_gone Jul 31, 2013

    Nero had a fiddle too.

  • ezLikeSundayMorning Jul 31, 2013

    I'm glad they cleared that up. I'm against what the General Assembly did, but this video was unfairly taken out of context.