1,000 Words: The caucus meeting

It’s unclear if Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., intended for her snapshot of today’s meeting of the House Republican Caucus, of which she’s chair, to go viral today, but it has.

  • MrE85

    Rep. Rodgers’ note to self: Next time, ask Rep. Mia Love to step forward.

  • jon

    Might be time to just install a camera in the room to snap that photo… it looks like the same place the interns and Ryan got their photo taken…

    http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2016/07/ryan-photo-spawns-battle-of-the-intern-selfies/

    And I of course await the ethnically diverse Democrat photo to come…

  • Tyler

    Look at all the white men. Government of the people, huh?

    • dukepowell

      Excuse me?

      Tyler, what kind of comment is that? Tell us, what are you saying?

      • crystals

        I’m not Tyler, but I think it’s pretty clear that group of people does not represent the demographics of the United States today with respect to gender, race, and ethnicity. Can’t visibly confirm, of course, and there are other types of diversity – but I am not seeing much of it.

        • dukepowell

          Sorry, “crystals” I don’t know who you are. You are hiding behind anonymity. As such, I’m not interested in your comment.

          • crystals

            That’s convenient.

          • dukepowell

            No, “crystals” hiding your identity is convenient.

          • crystals

            It’s my name and my initial. It’s not really a conspiracy. But hey, I guess when you’re a guy and your user name is Tyler that’s good enough for you, huh?

          • Jerry

            Poor Tyler

          • That’s his full name…like “Cher”…

          • crystals

            SORRY TYLER (it’s not about you)!

          • Jerry

            Because no harm ever came to a woman having her identity out on the internet?

          • Veronica

            crystals is a spoon with a cherry on it, duh.

          • Postal Customer

            Says the guy who replied.

          • Rob

            Given your failure to advance the conversation, IDGAF about what you are or aren’t interested in.

      • Thomas Mercier

        I’m not Tyler, but I think it’s pretty clear that group of people does not represent the demographics of the United States today with respect to gender, race, and ethnicity. Can’t visibly confirm, of course, and there are other types of diversity – but I am not seeing much of it.
        Does that work for you then?

    • Veronica

      Yeah, no kidding. The demographics in this picture are….wow.

    • Postal Customer

      I thought that too, and then I thought, this country has changed so much that Hillary is going to win Texas, Georgia, Arizona, hell, she might take South Carolina!

      Oh. I guess we’re still a pretty white country.

      The GOP only laughingly claimed to represent non-white America. And after this election, I have no idea why they would ever even pretend again.

  • John

    Whoever took that selfie needs to wipe the lens on their phone. It’s a bit foggy.

    • crystals

      Pence took it with a selfie stick. (2016, everyone!)

  • Jack Ungerleider

    But where are all their hats? With the VP-elect/Transition chief there you’d think they’d all be proclaiming their intention to “Make America Great Again” with a sea of matching red hats.

    • KTN

      I was wondering were are all the white hoods, but those hats suffice too.

      • Gary F

        Last Senator/Congressman to wear a white hood was DEMOCRAT Byrd.

        • crystals

          That we know of, right?

          Also worth noting two things:
          1) The way in which all of our political parties have evolved over time, and will continue to evolve over time.

          2) The way in which Byrd reflected on his time with the KKK in his later years. I appreciate the candor and willingness to apologize – a real life apology – and to KEEP apologizing:

          In his last autobiography, Byrd explained that he was a KKK member because he “was sorely afflicted with tunnel vision — a jejune and immature outlook — seeing only what I wanted to see because I thought the Klan could provide an outlet for my talents and ambitions.” Byrd also said, in 2005, “I know now I was wrong. Intolerance had no place in America. I apologized a thousand times … and I don’t mind apologizing over and over again. I can’t erase what happened.”

          (via everyone’s favorite online encyclopedia)

          • Oh, Gary already knows all of this already, he just likes to trot out the ol’ “Byrd” canard to try to score political points…

          • crystals

            I was actually thinking about this after responding to him the other day and came up with the pet theory that he is actually a DFL employee. He posts things just to inspire comments that effectively refute the ridiculous, which is why he never actually responds to anyone afterwards. That lovely post a week or so back about life post-election was the REAL Gary. The DFL gave him permission to drop the facade for a sec but then it was back to work.

            Gary, you are doing an important public service. And I’m grateful for it, no matter why.

          • Jerry

            My pet theory (not really) is that Gary is a pseudonym Bob uses when he is trying to drum up discussion and page views. Have you ever seen them at the same place at the same time?

          • Jerry

            Encarta?

        • Micah

          Which party is the KKK currently backing again?

          • Gary F

            Are they even around?

          • KTN

            From the WaPo today. An article on Google searches for the KKK. Timely to your question.

            “The Southern Poverty Law Center estimates that between 5,000 and 8,000 Americans identify as members of the Ku Klux Klan, divided among nearly 190 local chapters clustered primarily across the South”.

            https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2016/11/17/interest-in-the-ku-klux-klan-surges-at-the-dawn-of-the-trump-era/?hpid=hp_hp-more-top-stories-2_wb-kkk-220pm%3Ahomepage%2Fstory

          • Gary F

            8000/325,000,000=.000025% of Americans are KKK members.

          • KTN

            Are you saying this is just the right amount of members, too many, or too few. They are out there, and their legions appear to be growing.

          • Micah

            I stand corrected. I seem to have confused the ideas of the KKK with the views of the “alt-right”. I was WAY off.

          • Rob

            Don’t call it the alt- right. It’s white supremacists.

          • Micah

            That was the point I was attempting to make.

          • Ralphy

            Per the SPLC, the white supremacists’ forum Stormfront has over 300,000 members.
            The KKK is but the tip of the iceberg.

          • crystals

            I used to teach in the rural South, and there was (and continues to be) an active KKK chapter in the county where I taught and lived. Fliers were distributed at our school, which was about 70% black, 30% white.

            As a white girl from the Midwest, it was shocking to learn how real the KKK and the white supremacy movement is…and now it feels like it’s everywhere. The rural South doesn’t have a monopoly on racism.

          • Ralphy

            I’ve seen KKK meeting/recruitment posters on a grocery store entry/exit bulletin board in Mississipi.
            I couldn’t get out of there fast enough, and don’t plan to ever go back.

          • Rob

            WTF? You need to get out more.

        • KTN

          See I think there is a moral equivalency between the white hood and the red cap. The hood allowed anonymity, which gave the wearer the freedom to spew their hate without the recrimination of being known. The red cap does a similar thing, except now those folks don’t care that people know who they are, it doesn’t seem to matter, in fact it appears to be a badge of honor to be out and proud about being a racist, and voting for one too.

          • Ralphy

            Akin to hiding in plain sight within a lynch mob.

        • Rob

          Back when he was a Republican in all but name…

  • Ben

    Looks like Jackie Walorski is giving Pence some antlers. Could that be some sort of hidden message?

  • Mike Worcester

    If I may, some numbers.

    Unfortunately they are for the current congress (114th) not the incoming (115th);
    http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2015/01/12/114th-congress-is-most-diverse-ever/

    compared to the country as a whole.
    https://www.census.gov/quickfacts/table/PST045215/00