A small bipartisan group of senators were finally able to break the stalemate over the recent shutdown and keep the government running for at least the next two weeks. However, they were only able to negotiate and reach an agreement by using a “ceremonial Native American stick” that GOP Sen. Susan Collins brought in, probably hoping it would keep the discussion civilized, according to CNN.
In a scene that must have been reminiscent of the boys using a conch shell to make their opinions heard in the “Lord of the Flies,” the senators reportedly passed around the talking stick, but even that didn’t turn out well after a senator tossed the stick to another but completely missed the mark and accidentally hit a glass elephant figurine – that ironically belonged to Collins and was a gift from Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp.
As the Politico reported, Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander was trying to toss the stick to Democratic Sen. Mark Warner but ended up chipping Collin’s office decor.
“There were no injuries, there were a couple close calls but everything worked out fine,” revealed a Republican senator.
However, since the senators apparently couldn’t hold a discussion like adults, Alexander had to bring in a miniature basketball from his own office to continue the negotiations, saying “it’d be safer than a stick,” according to an aide.
“Today, we saw the power of the center in the U.S. Senate,” Collins said, applauding the work of the bipartisan group after the Senate vote on the deal. “Joe [Manchin] and I worked very hard in leading the effort of the Common Sense Coalition — a group of 25 Republicans, Democrats, and Independent Angus King — which proposed the compromise to end the government shutdown.”
While the deal to end the shutdown is being widely perceived as a loss for the Democrats, the internet had a lot to say about this tidbit of information about the “talking stick.”
Headline in 3 wks when they take up the next CR:— Ira Goldman ?????? (@KDbyProxy) January 22, 2018
"Unnamed Senator Beats Colleague to Death With Collins' Talking Stick" pic.twitter.com/Y3G5Z9J31y
Talking stick honestly makes a lot more sense than most of the Senate rulebook. https://t.co/1kswYkIplk— Ezra Klein (@ezraklein) January 23, 2018
Senators passed around a "talking stick" in a shutdown meeting. Congratulations on being on the same level as my marriage counseling in 2012, legislative branch.— RevVargVargas (@vargvargas) January 22, 2018
I'm like a Native American talking stick in a crystal elephant shop.— neontaster ?? (@neontaster) January 23, 2018
Our congressional leaders are acting like school children. https://t.co/MsiSE7K7w5— SKIRT (@talktoskirt) January 22, 2018
This is not the onion.— Irvin McCullough (@mcculloughirvin) January 22, 2018
1) Senators use "talking sticks"
2) One Senator got so angry they threw the talking stick
3) The throw missed its target and broke Senator Collins' glass elephant.
I repeat, this is not the onion. https://t.co/kv3pYE2Jtw
In a scene straight out of @VeepHBO, Senators used a talking stick during negotiations on ending the shutdown, but had to switch to a mini basketball after one lawmaker chucked the stick across the room & broke a glass elephant https://t.co/OSaF54t3XJ— Alice Ollstein (@AliceOllstein) January 22, 2018
Lamar threw a “talking stick” at Mark Warner during the dealmaker caucus meeting, almost shattering Susan Collins’ glass elephant https://t.co/V8nuXYzYVY— Seung Min Kim (@seungminkim) January 22, 2018
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