Naturally, the guy you want to hear from the least is always the one who won't shut up. That's true at local parties and political events – and doubly so in the United States Senate where our own Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III has won the dubius honor of “top talker” in 2014.
The Los Angeles Times studied the archives to determine which Senator spoke the most from the floor this legislative year. It showed Sessions spoke for more than 33 hours in 2013, three hours more than Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.
Let's review some of the things he opposed during his babblefest:
- The Senate's bi-partisan, compromise immigration bill, where he was smacked by Politifact for making stuff up.
- Paul Ryan's budget bill. Sessions plans to filibuster that – but not a “real” filibuster where he'd have to get up and talk even more.
- Against re-opening the government in October, because…. well…. maybe the GOP brand just hadn't been tarnished enough!
It's an embarrassment to the entire state each time he takes the floor, but Sessions doesn't limit himself to the Senate. He takes his crazy on the road with stuff like this: President Obama may be a “radical Machiavelli.“
In a way, this is both sad and entertaining to watch. We're seeing the last gasp of a privileged class that is absolutely panicked by the demographic changes in the country. It's the “rich white guy Götterdämmerung” and Senators like Sessions, Shelby, Mike Lee, Ted Cruz etc. are playing their parts with passion and intensity.
The world's moving on without you guys. And no amount of talk will change that.