The Cowboy Poetry Showdown

Eric Scheiner
By Eric Scheiner | December 15, 2011 | 2:02 PM EST

December 13, 2011 was an interesting day on the floor of the House of Representatives.

That morning Rep. Paul Tonko (D-N.Y.) decided to take the floor and recite his political parody of ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas’.

A strange thing to do, certainly, but it wasn’t the only odd moment on the House floor. I take this opportunity to gather several moments from the House floor that day and combine them into poetry, to challenge Rep. Tonko to a poetry showdown of sorts.

Perhaps the ‘showdown’ aspect will help this poetry qualify to be part of the ‘Cowboy Poetry’ that Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is so fond of and make it eligible for some federal funding.

Or it may just reflect the fact that I've had C-Span piped into my office for far too long.

Eric Scheiner
Eric Scheiner
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