The best I can tell, coronavirus rules don’t mean much if there’s a political reason to skirt them.
I apologize — that sounds unfair. So far as I can figure, nothing means anything outside of political purposes.
Apropos, just months ago, America sat on the edge of its summer seat.
The at-risk rank and file relegated to their residences were riveted by throngs filling the crowded streets on the national news.
At the time, we were told by some it was good: Raging against racism trumps clawing at COVID.
The same just might be true of swearing in congresspeople.
As reported by Fox News, on Sunday evening, Nancy Pelosi read the oath to incoming freshmen.
The 117th Congress welcomed its newbies with open arms and closed distances.
The six-feet rule? It was 86’d.
Perhaps there’s a sense to the sidelining of social safeguards: From what I’ve read, any seat going Blue is a blow to racism, too.
Fox sums up Sunday’s sock-it-to-’em success:
While many of the members appear to be wearing masks, video shows hundreds of lawmakers wandering around the chamber speaking with each other in close contact and shaking hands.
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) January 3, 2021
Mass swearing-in for most House members into 117th Congress instead of all in smaller groups as previously announced for COVID-19 safety floor guidelines. pic.twitter.com/e73g16x2UT
— Craig Caplan (@CraigCaplan) January 3, 2021
Emily Cochrane of The New York Times called the scene “utter chaos.”
She also noted that some nixed their nose-covers to juke their jaws:
and now that the masses have been sworn in, there is a bottleneck of people racing to leave. barely an attempt to distance. Barely.
— Emily Cochrane (@ESCochrane) January 3, 2021
After the safety-shirking shindig, still-Speaker Nancy trumpeted Objective Numero Uno — the crushing of the coronavirus:
“As we are sworn in today, we accept a responsibility as daunting and demanding as any that previous generations of leadership have faced. Our most urgent priority will continue to be defeating the coronavirus — and defeat it, we will! #117thCongress”
As we are sworn in today, we accept a responsibility as daunting and demanding as any that previous generations of leadership have faced.
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) January 4, 2021
Fox reached out to the California politician for comment on a lack of virus-vexxing distance.
So far, no response.
Perhaps she’s busy tending to the recent vandalism incurred at her multimillion-dollar San Francisco home:
— Constitutional Nobody (@USSANews) January 1, 2021
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's San Francisco home was vandalized at the start of the new year. The garage door was spray painted with political messages and vandals left what looked like a pig’s head and fake blood in the driveway. San Francisco police are now investigating. pic.twitter.com/1kbdykADIy
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) January 2, 2021
Meanwhile, some government officials have more important things to do than vanquishing the virus — like plopping onto their platforms and planking over plotting against the plague.
Hopefully, a waged war was what they were all speaking about Sunday night.
They just had to get close enough to hear one another.
I suppose we’ll find out over the coming months.
Maybe everyone will keep their distance; unless, of course, it’s somebody’s birthday:
We ❤️ this! First responders sing Happy 80th Birthday to Dr. Fauci as he leaves work today.pic.twitter.com/Ea1hIy6Svk
— March For Science 🍑🗳 (@MarchForScience) December 24, 2020
Maybe that’s what they were doing at the Capitol — Happy Birthday, Congress; you’re 116.
Although, since you’re above 70, you really should’ve social-distanced.
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