House Stenographer Cracks During Debt Limit Vote

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I don’t think I’m going to drink the water the next time I go to the Capitol building in Washington.

I also might need to make myself a nice little aluminum foil hat.

Just when I thought things couldn’t get any crazier, a member of the United States House of Representatives staff, identified in press reports as a stenographer, jumped to the podium during the debt limit vote and began shouting.

She had to be removed from the room. Reporters heard her shouting something about “He can not be mocked,” and the nation having been founded by freemasons.

Someone turned on a recorder during this last part. If you want to hear it, you can find it on CNN. The Daily Beast identified her as Dianne Ready, but it sounds like the people who were trying to calm her down were calling her Molly.

Jokes aside, I’m guessing that the tension and hatred in the Capitol building right now are so thick you could build a bridge with them. I can sympathize. I’ve never been in a legislative situation as messed up as this one, but I’ve done enough to know that these people need to get away from one another for a while. Nothing good is going to come from any of them until they get past this and settle down.

And, oh yes, craziness aside, they did manage to pull this country back from the brink of default … for a while. This deal expires after the first of the year.

From The Daily Beast:

A stenographer climbed the dais of the House of Representatives and started shouting in the last minutes of a House vote to end the government shutdown.

The House stenographer, who has been identified by other outlets as Dianne Reidy, “had kind of a crazed look” in her eyes according to Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-TX) when she ascended the dais—just below Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) who was presiding over the House at the time—as the minutes ticked down in the crucial vote. The microphones in the chamber were off so that what she was saying was unintelligible on the floor and to viewers on C-SPAN.

After Reidy was escorted out of the House chamber by several staffers from the House Sergeant at Arms office, she shouted  “He will not be mocked” referring, presumably to God. She went on to proclaim that the United States “was not one nation under God, had it been, the Constitution would not have been written by Freemasons. They go against God. You cannot serve two masters. Praise be to God. Lord Jesus Christ.” Her outburst visibly disturbed a number of members and staffers, including House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD) and Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX), both of whom ran out of the chamber after her. Reidy was eventually hustled into an elevator by staffers. 

Once the vote concluded, both reporters and congressmen seemed more eager to talk about this incident than the final tally.

  • Mary E.

    I’m usually skeptical of the “he/she just snapped” defense, but in this case, I’m more than ready to believe that, given the enormous pressures on the Congressional staff over the past weeks, that’s exactly what happened. At least she was praising the Lord.

    • Rebecca Fuentes

      I probably would have snapped or become a raging drunk if I had to do her job. Or started hauling congressmen around by the ears while lecturing them on how selfish they are.

      • hamiltonr

        :-)

      • Anna Dawson

        Can you imagine how hard it had to be to listen to these people blather allllll the time? (Present company excluded, of course.) The pouting and bickering and name-calling … she was probably desperate for a quiet, padded room.

  • pagansister

    The pressure there was horrific, I’m sure. It is a wonder more staff folks didn’t start yelling and screaming! :-)

    • Bill S

      I found myself shouting expletives at Ted Cruz this morning. The guy is obviously a jackass.

      • FW Ken

        What will be interesting is if Texans elect Wendy Davis governor.

      • pagansister

        Ted Cruz is obnoxious. I think some of his “fellow Republicans” are not happy with him either. .

        • Bill S

          I have come to believe that when you dig to the root cause of the government shutdown it turns out that yes it was the attempt to do a way with Obamacare by the Tea Party faction of the republicans. But the reason that they were so against Obamacare was because the due date for employers to provide contraceptive coverage under the HHS Mandate is coming up. Basically, the government was shut down and the economy lost billions because of opposition to contraception and particularly Plan B. Sick.

          • pagansister

            Yep!


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