While most Washingtonians took cover during the Blizzard of 2010 (or Snowpocalypse, or Snowmaggedon whatever you want to call it) Sen. James Inhofes family braved the storm to poke fun at former Vice President Al Gore.
The Oklahoma Republicans daughter, Molly Rapert; her husband, Jimmy; and their four children built an igloo roomy enough to fit several people inside at Third Street and Independence Avenue Southeast.
They officially dedicated the humble abode in honor of global-warming crusader Gore, even posting a cardboard sign on the igloos roof reading AL GORES NEW HOME on one side and HONK IF YOU [HEART] GLOBAL WARMING on the other.
Inhofe, the ranking member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, is famously one of Congress most vocal critics of global warming. And he told HOH that he found his familys ironic tribute to Gore which came during one of Washingtons snowiest winters on record really humorous.
Inhofe was so proud of the construction effort, in fact, that he posted several pictures to his official Facebook page. Inhofe noted he wasnt the only person who liked the igloo several people honked to show support.
It took five hours Saturday and three hours Sunday to build the igloo. The funny thing was seeing how many people would stop to pose in front of it, Molly Rapert said.
And while this weeks expected snowy weather will ensure the igloo wont melt, Inhofe did admit that he fears the structure might meet a premature demise by global-warming believers.
I know that somebody is going to end up tearing it down, Inhofe said. Because there are a lot of people who cant take a joke.
Sherman's Army Expands. We dont have to wait for the November elections Rep. Brad Sherman might have just permanently lost the majority in his very own house. The California Democrat and his wife, State Department senior adviser Lisa Sherman, welcomed their second daughter on Saturday.
Little Naomi Claire joins 1-year-old Molly, making the female-to-male ratio in the Sherman household a daunting 3-to-1.
But in this case, the Congressman seems happy to be outnumbered.
I am both proud and humbled by the fact that the women in my household now have a filibuster-proof majority, he tells HOH. I am beaming.
Name That Senator. HOHs call for nicknames for newly minted Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) did not go unheeded. Tipsters submitted a few more for our growing list: Big Brown (as in the derby-winning racehorse) and Brownout. Still others suggested simply reviving his high-school nickname, Downtown Scotty Brown, a moniker that in Washington parlance suggests a level of coziness with lobbyists (although Brown claims it came from his willingness to take long shots on the basketball court).
While creative, in HOHs opinion those ideas still dont top the reigning champion, SenatorFold, a reference to Browns revealing photo shoot for Cosmopolitan magazine when he was in law school.
Snow? What Snow? Those Alaskans sure are rugged types. Not only was the office of GOP Sen. Lisa Murkowski fully staffed bright and early Monday morning despite the thick layer of snow blanketing Washington, but the gang of hardy souls was doing a little snow trash talking.
We dont take snow days, boasts Michael Brumas, Murkowskis communications director.
Take that, silly blizzard.
The dozen or more Murkowski-ites trekked in from the far-away burbs and nearby neighborhoods, unhindered by what in Alaskan standards was a light dusting. Luckily, the brave souls werent the only ones in the Capitol complex and were in no danger of going all Donner Party despite the smaller number of workers, Senate-side eateries remained open.
Still, Brumas couldnt help but take a swipe at some other Senate offices in the Hart Senate Office Building, who seem to be made of less stern stuff. Its kind of lonely on the seventh floor, he said.
Overheard on the Hill. Its an honor to be seated as a U.S. senator. But really: Do I have to wear this tie? Or pants?
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Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.