Pelosi & Pals adjourn, having failed to schedule a vote to allow offshore drilling (11:23 a.m.) They turn off the lights, kill the mics, and head home.
Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) and other GOPers indignantly opposed the motion to adjourn. A few GOPers stayed on the floor and continued to debate. As word spread, the crowd on the floor began to grow.
Dem aides were steamed at the “stunt” and had reporters kicked out of the Lobby. Capitol PoPo were also busy kicking people out of the press gallery but stopped when Minority Leader Roy Blunt (R-MO) went up to talk to reporters. Blunt’s office sent out a message asking all Republicans still in town to come to the House floor.
The Dems turned out the lights (again).
The Republicans sent out word that they were looking for a bullhorn and also sent aides out to round up members to come to the floor. Shadegg started typing random codes into the chamber’s PA system and accidentally hit the right code to turn on the microphones (cheers!) but then they subsequently went off again (groans).
Members were pacing the floor, making speeches, standing on chairs. Visitors were cheering loudly. At one point Manzullo (R-IL) gave a rousing speech and brought the crowd to its feet. Applause and cheering echoed in the chamber.
Rep Nunes (R-CA) crowed, “I am a Democrat and here is my energy plan.” He then paraded around the House floor holding up a picture of an old VW Bug with a sail attached to it. (LOL) More cheering.
At 5:00, Tom Price (R-GA) announced the end of the protest and led the chamber in a round of “God Bless America.” Assembled visitors, aides, souriest, and members gave a standing ovation.
Question: Since the C-SPAN cameras were off, didn’t anyone think to try to sneak in a video tape so we could have some fun watching the footage on You Tube and/or FNC?