Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi today promised a sparse, beachfront gathering beneath the balcony of her Malibu time-share that Congress would "continue to do nothing" during its summer recess.
The statement was greeted with meager applause from the dozen or so in attendance, including a few environmentalists, three Saudi Sheiks, and a very partially clad, lobster-colored Ted Kennedy.
Environmentalist Wicker Greenstem congratulated the forthright speech. "We don't want Congress running amuck, taking the lead from Bush on that oil drilling debacle," referring to the President's lifting of the Executive ban on offshore drilling.
Greenstem then chanted the mantra "Drill there, not here; Pay the Saudi's."
The poor attendance may well reflect the extreme divergence of Congress from its Constituency. This 110th Congress' single-digit approval ratings ranks it perhaps the worst in US political history.
In an earlier retort to the disapproval ratings, Ms. Pelosi scolded that "American people don't have a clue what's best for them.
"The United States would make stupid and catastrophic decisions and strategies if it were left to the citizens. That is the job for Congress" Pelosi added.