Jeez Louise! What a Wednesday!!! First day of the 112th Congress not enough for you??? BOOM!! Robert Gibbs announces he’s leaving the White House. Not satisfied yet? KAPOW!! President Obama huddles with the man who might be his next chief-of-staff. Haven’t gotten your fix? SHUH-ZAM!! Michele Bachmann is reportedly mulling a White House bid. Still need more? Um…uh…SHAMWOW!! Russ Feingold is going to lecture law students on the precedence of motions and things!!!…Yeah! This is HUFFPOST HILL for Wednesday, January 5th, 2011…BAM:
Tim Fernholz responds to our assault on his professional credibility and powder purple glasses! “#$%@ Huffpost Hill! Seriously, though, thanks for setting aside professional jealousy long enough to promote my work, though I must caution any publication employing Ryan Grim and his serial killer specs to ease off on the eyewear criticism. Thanks, Tim Fernholz!
112TH CONGRESS BEGINS: BOEHNER CRIES, ALSO ELECTED SPEAKER – The pageantry was in full force today as the House convened to elect John Boehner as the chamber’s presiding officer. “We will dispense with the conventional wisdom that bigger bills are always better,” Speaker Boehner said in his acceptance speech, “that fast legislating is good legislating; that allowing additional amendments and open debate makes the legislative process ‘less efficient’ than our forefathers intended.” Nancy Pelosi — who was sporting a very blue outfit because, hey,eff you guys — struck a gracious tone in her farewell remarks (that were actually longer than Boehner’s, but we won’t hold that against her). “When the new Speaker of the House, John Boehner, and the new Republican majority … come forward with solutions that address these American challenges, you will find us a willing partner,” she said, adding that Boehner is “a man of conviction, a public servant of resolve and a legislative leader of skill.”