As the news media rushed to get reaction to last night's State of the Union speech, it appears that the GOP caucus is in a state of confusion. The predominate reaction among caucus members, particularly the new Tea Party members was, "Huh?"
The reports are sketchy and inconclusive but evidently with the two political parties sitting together, no one knew when to sit down, stand up, clap, frown, or shout out. The new members were to get their clue from House Majority Leader, John Boehner, who in turn, was to be prompted by a small TelePrompter on his desk. The machine malfunctioned shortly after Obama began his speech and, as it progressed, Boehner's face grew redder and his sips of his water (?) glass grew more frequent. At the end of the speech, he was sobbing softly and clutching the hand of Vice-President Joe Biden. No one knew when to stand up, sit down, clap, frown, or shout out "liar.".
The AP is reporting that further confusion arose as caucus members had been told, when in doubt, "sit on your hands." The mistake occurred when they thought it meant sit on your Democratic seat partner's hands. Reaction was swift!
"It's a two-fer," shouted Senator John McCain.
"OK, by me," said Congressman Barney Frank."
"Not on ---my watch," cried out Democratic Congressman Anthony Weiner as Republican Congressman Peter King sat on his wrist.
When a journalist asked President Obama about his reaction to the GOP confusion, he replied, "Rope a dope, Bro. Rope a dope."