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#ObamaShutdown, Week 2: Congress stinks (literally)

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If the following example of Republican Party terrorism doesn’t shake you to your very core, I don’t know how you call yourself an American.*

Molly K. Hooper, Blake Neff and Mario Trujillo at The Hill:

House lawmakers are picking up their own towels at their private gym, which has remained open during the government shutdown…

No one is there to check members into the facility in the basement of the Rayburn House Office Building, which is open exclusively to current and former House members.

Members don’t only have to pick up their towels — they have to reuse them for their showers, because there is no more laundering service…

Democratic Rep. Jim Moran (Va.) noted that he ran on Tuesday morning and had to clean up after himself following his workout…

On Monday, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said that the Senate’s gym was becoming “rank.”

Good lord.

Do you really want to live in a country where congressmen have to clean up after themselves? Where Lindsey Graham’s precious nostrils are sullied with unpleasant odors? This is insanity! What’s next, making them peel their own grapes?

Has Obama For America Organizing For America Organizing For Action come up with a Twitter hashtag for this outrage yet? #BoehnersOrangeStainedTowel, perhaps? #TeaPartyMoreLikeNoTowelsParty? I’m sure the geniuses at that tax-exempt organization (which somehow is allowed to run Obama’s official Twitter account) will think of something.

Don’t ask how! Clean towels now!
Don’t ask how! Clean towels now!
Don’t ask how! Clean towels now!
Don’t ask how! Clean towels now!

Come on, you guys!


Update: The human cost of this shutdown is staggering. Here’s Rep. Bruce Braley (D-IA) sharing his own harrowing tale of survival.

*If you’re not an American, at this point that’s probably a good idea. Just watch and laugh as we turn into another version of [fill in your crappy country here].