House Republicans are looking rather absurd today after the White House rejected their call for a special session of Congress on energy:
Republican Study Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas) and Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.) asked President Bush to convene the special session in an Aug. 1 letter. The same day, House Republicans launched an unusual protest on the House floor urging House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to call Congress back to work.
“Since Speaker Pelosi has decided not to keep the House in session to allow this vote to take place, we urge you to use the power vested in you by the Constitution to convene an immediate energy special session of Congress,” the letter said.
The protests continued Monday, with several House Republicans speaking on energy from the House floor, despite the fact that the House has adjourned and C-SPAN is not televising the proceedings. […]
White House spokesman Tony Fratto said in response to the request from the House Republicans, “We don’t have plans to call Congress into session — it won’t make a difference if Democratic leaders are unwilling to bring up a bill for an up-down vote.”
This is turning out to be “the best show in town” with some Republican House members showing up on the darkened chamber floor “with props: Rep. Steve King of Iowa arrived carrying a large photo of Pelosi with a caption quoting her as saying, “I am trying to save the planet.” Rep. Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee came with an empty red gas can and an energy efficient light bulb.”
Not to be outdone in the theatrics department, MoveOn.org folks headed up to Capitol Hill this afternoon to pass out stickers describing the GOP as the Grand Oil (instead of Old) Party. Gosh, cynics might suggest that Congress doesn’t get this much attention when they’re in town!
Any bets on how long the GOP’ers will keep up the theatrics? With out the backing of BushCo they certainly look like a pack of fools.