Panic: During #HarryReidsShutdown, some Senators have to answer own phones

Posted by: ST on October 3, 2013 at 11:13 am

Via Politico:

It’s come to this: Senators are answering the phones at their offices.

Due to the government shut down, most offices are operating with skeleton staffs. A sign hung on Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran’s door in the Dirksen building Wednesday morning noting that the office is closed. Calls are going unanswered and constituent feedback is being missed.

Except for senators like Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Dean Heller (R-Nev.), who are taking on some of the Hill’s more menial work.

“By God, I said the hell with it. We’re going to answer the phones,” Manchin told a POLITICO reporter who dialed into his main office line. “When those meetings are over I grab the phones.”


Heller’s been tweeting pictures of him working the lines at his office, encouraging other senators to join in.

This, on top of them having to serve themselves their own food? The  HORROR!

Senator Joe Manchin

Oh, how positively awful.
Photo courtesy of Sen. Joe Manchin.

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8 Responses to “Panic: During #HarryReidsShutdown, some Senators have to answer own phones”


  1. Dana says:

    Prob’ly the only way to get them to talk to constituents!

  2. Steve Skubinna says:

    Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together, mass hysteria!

  3. At least this will leave them little time to be texting lewd “selfies”.

  4. Great White Rat says:

    So all you people whining because you lost your job or had your hours cut in half because of Obamacare – stop complaining!! See how much WORSE those poor Senators are suffering??? Why those are just inhumane working conditions?

    Next I suppose we’ll learn that Obama’s caddy has been deemed ‘non-essential’ and King Putt will have to carry his own golf clubs!! It’s Auschwitz all over again, I tell you!!!!

  5. Carlos says:

    Looking at pics of the congresscritters, there’s a whole bunch of them that look like they’ve never missed a meal, and you can bet your neighbor’s farm they won’t be missing their paychecks, either – “essential government work,” ya know.

    The real cryin’ shame here is that there’s not a dozen of them that deserve ANY paycheck, ever, let alone when they can’t even keep the guvmint running.

    ‘Course, the flip side of that is that they’re having a hard time screwing up our lives right now, so there is a silver lining.

    And of course, there’s the question: If the country gets along without all the severe guvmint interference for, say, two months, what use are all those regulators to begin with, and what use are all the federal agencies that’ve appeared over the years “out of necessity?” Agencies like the EPA. Or Education? Or most of the rest? I like to study the Constitution occasionally, and I have yet to find where most of them are specifically allowed the federal guvmint, so such activities should, at least to my way of thinking, “be reserved to the states, or the people…”

    But, I guess constitutional scholars like Duh-1, and virtually all the judiciary, have a hard time understanding simple, plain English. (It’s harder to learn than Mandarin Chinese, ya know.)

  6. Nate says:

    First it was no service in the cafeteria.

    Then it was nobody to push the elevator buttons…

    now this…

    Yes, brothers and sisters, the Apocalypse is upon us…

    Lord help these poor brothers and sisters in Congress if one should get a hangnail or a bruised fingertip from actually having to do some real freakin’ work for a change.

  7. Lefty says:

    It’s good to see our brave leaders soldiering on in the face of such adversity. The American Spirit is truly alive and well.

  8. Radical Redneck says:

    What a shock – MORE muslim Obamas involved in terrorism. And right where a massive gruesome attack took place! Who’d ever a’thunk.

    They are getting better though – this one seems to have married within the species.