Rep. Joe Crowley ‘Speechless’ Speech on the House Floor

By Kristina

Apr 14, 2011 3:41pm

ABC’s Z. Byron Wolf reports:

If you ever wished everyone in Congress would just shut up, Rep. Joe Crowley, D-NY, is the Congressman for you.

He broke a little new ground in the area of floor speeches by giving an entire floor speech but not speaking at all.

Standing in front of an easel, he ripped down sheets of paper with words on them, giving his angry speech, but not actually saying a word of the partisan invective.

Here’s a taste: “Last Fall, the American people / gave us our marching orders / Jobs Jobs Jobs / 100 Days of GOP Rule = / 0 Jobs Bills / So, If Not Jobs… / What Has the GOP Been Up To? / GOP’s #1 Priority: / Cut More than 700,000 American Jobs / GOP’s Priority #2…/ Take Away healthcare for the people… / but keep it for themselves / Surely, a jobs bill must be priority #3… /”

The non-speech goes on for about a minute – until Crowley’s final two placards.

“I’m Surprised Stunned Shocked / Speechless.”

The speechless speech may be new ground on Capitol Hill, but it is well-trod in the music video genre; Bob Dylan’s Subterranean Homesick Blues being an early example.


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