After months of ridiculing the idea of President Donald Trump's Mexican border wall, and refusing him the funds to pay for it, the Democrats have, today, softened their attitude somewhat, and now seem ready to talk about possible dates for its construction.
Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, said that, although against the idea in principle, she realized that obstructing Mr Trump wasn't going to work in the long run. Turning to the subject of actually building the wall, she said:
"I think we can probably start clearing land by February 30."
Without further ado, she went on:
"Foundations for the fenceposts could be dug, and their erection undertaken by the 12th of Never."
A smile came to her lips:
"The fencing panels could be assembled by the 1st of Over My Dead Body, and full electification of the entire length of the 1,954-mile barrier could take place by the beginning of When Hell Freezes Over."
She tried to stifle a giggle as she was asked when she thought the Barrier might be switched-on and fully operational.
"Oh, I imagine it'll be up-and-running by the 32nd of GetTheFuckOudaHere."