John Dingell Stumped by Kardashian Craze

Rep. John D. Dingell has spent nearly 24 hours trying to wrap his head around the dizzying world of celebutantes. And it ain’t working.  

After being stumped by a seemingly random tweet from someone at the Environmental Protection Agency — which has, of course, since been scrubbed from existence — trumpeting their standing in reality TV star Kim Kardashian’s nascent iPhone-friendly time-suck , the Michigan Democrat apparently turned to staff for a crash course in all things O. J. Simpson’s-former-lawyer’s-since-remarried-wife’s-brood’s plans to prove Andy Warhol wrong.  

(Et tu, EPA?)  

Team Dingell did not respond to queries regarding whether the debrief on the reigning tabloid queen/bride of hip-hop mogul Kanye West/mother of North West included “A Clockwork Orange”-like screening of TMZ clips, binge-watching of E!’s burgeoning Kardashian-centric programming (have the pets been given shows yet?) or a quick flip-through men’s magazines.  



It’s obvious, however, that the pop culture cram session clearly didn’t take. Dingell’s confusion struck a chord with many in the Twittersphere, including:  

Bemused fans  


Straight-up Haters  


Would-be Pundits  


And, (our favorite) Armchair Epidemiologists  


The EPA, meanwhile, appears to be of the mindset that this embarrassing little episode will soon become water under the bridge.  



Dream on, mobile-game playing, fame-chasing, poor-Twitter-handling bureaucrats.