Card art for the LeeRoy Jenkins character (official) in World of Warcraft

Card art for the LeeRoy Jenkins character (official) in World of Warcraft

If you aren’t aware of the baked-in paralysis of American authorities — some of us slept by way of so much of this in ninth grade — the significance of the present political second could not land with you. As of this writing, the 118th Congress has been unable to pick a Speaker of the House of Representatives. Usually, that position goes to the prime identify in the social gathering that controls the most seats. And it’s virtually at all times determined with a single vote — the final time it took a number of ballots was in 1923. As there are, successfully, solely two events in the United States, this yr’s failure to comply with by way of on what’s often a reasonably symbolic vote is a fairly pitiful show of a majority-elected authorities making an attempt to prepare itself.

Anyway, the House of Representatives has now gone by way of 5 ballots to elect a Speaker, none of which have produced a winner with a majority (a plurality is just not adequate) of the voting members. It’s a significant embarrassment for the Republican Party, whose members maintain a majority of seats in the home (222 of 435) after the 2022 elections. The Democrats look like content material to attend this out and proceed their adversaries’ self-ownage. They’ve been voting in unison for one man, Rep. Hakeem Jeffries of New York, a five-term incumbent representing Brooklyn’s Eighth District.

Jeffries has, technically, “won” 5 ballots (and counting!) for Speaker of the House whereas the GOP tries to return to any sort of fundamental settlement. Unfortunately, this course of has pressured 435 voting members of the House to convene and sit by way of a name-by-name roll name again and again, like Dante’s Spelling Bee.

On the fourth name, Wednesday, Rep. Jared Huffman (D-Calif.) punctuated the farce by calling down a latter-day SHAZAM, in a tone video players have understood for nearly 20 years now: “Hakeeeeeeeeem JEFFRIES!!!”

Yes, Huffman (who’s 58) was intentionally invoking one of video video games’ oldest and grandest memes — LeeeeeeeeROY …. JENNNNNNkins. The congressman confirmed it through Twitter:

I simply hope they’re serving hen in the House commissary.

Update: Huffman added, this time on his private Twitter account, that his Leeroying will proceed till morale improves.


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