Government shutdowns are so...zzzzzzz

Posted October 4, 2013

— Rep. George Holding, a freshman Republican representing North Carolina's 13th Congressional District, is getting 15 minutes of Internet fame for taking a brief nap.

C-Span, the channel that broadcasts all congressional sessions, caught Holding on the nod as Rep. Louie Gohmert delivered a speech. Soon, the clip was on BuzzFeed, which suggested the brief doze was an apt metaphor for the government shutdown. The clip then rocketed around to television and newspaper websites. 

As the New York Daily News summarized, "The North Carolina Representative suffered from severe boredom during Rep. Louie Gohmert's speech, dozing off to catch up on some sleep as he presided over the House session late Thursday."

When asked about the impromptu nap, Holding said, "It's been a long week. It would have been wiser to stay on my feet."  

For those who might have missed what passes as exciting action in Congress these days: 


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  • Tax Man Oct 7, 10:48 p.m.

    So the POTUS will not allow Vets at any of the facilities in DC but will allow a big Amnesty for Illegal Alien March on the Capital Mall tomorrow:


    Nancy Pelosi is the main sponsor - go figure!
    Would love to see a Million Vets rain on this parade.

  • LKG-Lover Oct 7, 3:53 p.m.

    Part of the reason the stock market dropped is because the POTUS put the fear in the market. He is not a leader that is trying to resolve anything, he is a dictator who is trying to make things as bad as he can. I don't see the DEMS trying to negociate, actually they have stated "we will NOT negociate" which is why we are in this position to begin with. The DEMS have forgotten this is a democracy and negociation is what makes it work. They have lost the basic foundation of what this contry was founded on. . . the constitution.

  • teleman60 Oct 7, 12:10 p.m.

    "Dow drops 130 points on fears of US debt default" - YEA!!!

    It's really good that the stock market dropped, isn't it?

    And that's JUST OUR STOCK MARKET!!

    Wait until this republicans idiocy races around the world one time and gets back here to crash the DOW again tomorrow!!

    Watching delusional nutbags destroy the world economy just cause they can is so amusing, isn't it?

  • 42 Oct 7, 8:41 a.m.

    "Obamacare passed w/o a single Republican vote. Let them fund it w/o a single Republican vote." #MakeDCListen" Gary_too

    Gary, House GOPers are no longer talking about defunding Obamacare. Boehner did not even mention it one on the Sunday talk shows. They know they have lost on this. They are trying to find some face saving way to get out of this CR mess.

  • Gary_too Oct 5, 2:49 p.m.

    Obamacare passed w/o a single Republican vote. Let them fund it w/o a single Republican vote." #MakeDCListen

  • Rodin Oct 4, 5:36 p.m.

    I think his staff are asleep too based on calls to his office this week. Taxpayers would be better served if he sent them home and just used a pre-recorded message for all they care about constituent feedback. I too asked "So what is Rep. Holding's plan now that his tantrum has failed?". I too got the pro forma email response. What is that website? http://www.ncdp.org/ ? Can't hurt to try to make AsleepAtTheWheel Holding a one term representative.

  • 42 Oct 4, 4:23 p.m.

    Well need tons of volunteers to get Hodling out of his gerrymander district. Be sure to sign up with you local Dem org. http://www.ncdp.org/

    Maybe we can get this embarrassment out of office.

  • free2bme Oct 4, 4:00 p.m.

    He could care less about the hard working Americans that are home without a pay check. He can sleep and still collect his check as well as government sponsored healthcare. NC lets wise up and vote this man out of office so he can sleep at home from now on.

  • 42 Oct 4, 3:02 p.m.

    Need a caffeine boost? Try TEA!!! twa__s1000

    He's already drunk the tea. It was laced with stupidity.

  • krimson Oct 4, 2:31 p.m.

    Need a caffeine boost? Try TEA!!!