Updated: 5:50 p.m. | Blame it on the pre-recess jitters. Or perhaps vote-a-rama fatigue.
Either way, the de facto congressional programming gods showed their feet of clay during the marathon viewing party that was Can’t-Tell’em-Apart-Thursday.
Mind you, us print folks have already copped to occasionally being stumped by which older white man in a suit is popping off at the mouth. But our counterparts over at C-SPAN appear to be having real trouble differentiating among Asian-American lawmakers.
The comedy of errors commenced as soon as Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., stepped up to the mics.
Sorry, guys, but the fact that the chair ceded the floor to the gentleman from California should have tipped you off that that couldn’t be Rep. Mark Takai, D-Hawaii, taking the GOP to task about climate change.
Some 13 hours later, it was time to cast Sen. Mazie K. Hirono, D-Hawaii, in a terribly awkward light.
Yep, in the ultimate #ThrowbackThursday, Team C-SPAN resurrected the nameplate for the late Sen. Daniel K. Inouye, D-Hawaii and briefly attached it to the sitting solon.
Rather than dwell on the negative, HOH would like to share these quickie facts about the aforementioned pols:
Aries (Happy early birthday, sir!). Lawyer. Californian.
Iraq War veteran. All-American swimmer (Twice!). Born in Hawaii.
Daniel K. Inouye
Mazie K. Hirono
Ed. note: This post was updated to reflect Takai's birthplace. Related: Take Five: Ted Lieu Take Five: Mark Takai Mazie Hirono Shepherds Taste of Hawaii to the Hill The 114th: CQ Roll Call's Guide to the New Congress Get breaking news alerts and more from Roll Call in your inbox or on your iPhone.