I heard about this on Friday but ignored it on the assumption that he had uttered one tin-eared off-color line in the course of an otherwise sober floor speech. Nope. If you’re late to the game too, watch it now. This guy is in full-blown stand-up mode and, as you’ll hear from the laughter, it worked like a charm. Even the Democrats in the hall were hooting. Can’t remember the last time that happened with a viral clip of a Republican saying something outre.
Crisis for the “indignation industry”: Is this grounds for some patented manufactured outrageously outrageous outrage, or does the bipartisan laughter render Albo largely immune?
I asked Albo what exactly he was thinking when he went public with such, uh, information. Here’s what he said:
“My speech was not during normal business of the House. It was during the ‘Morning Hour,’ which is an informal time prior to discussing and voting on bills. During the ‘Morning Hour,’ delegates announce meetings, welcome people to the House such as the local Garden Club or home town visitors, tell stories, or comment on current events.”
“The speech was poking fun at me and a humorous look at our lives as delegates. We get caught up in the rhetoric down here in Richmond, and when we go home, our families and friends remind us what ‘normal’ people think. It seemed to ‘hit a chord’ with the members because both Republicans and Democrats stood and clapped. They knew exactly what it’s like to go home and have your spouse give you his/her opinion of what really matters. … Maybe I should ‘leave the comedy to the professionals.’”
To answer the question posed above: Nothing renders a Republican fully immune from paint-by-numbers indignation. Said the Fairfax County Democratic Committee, “To Delegate Albo, women’s health is not a serious issue, but a punch line, and the floor of the House of Delegates is a locker room, where men can swap jokes about their wives.” So there you go. Box checked.