With all this talk of a government shutdown, you may wonder what your favorite U.S. Senator will do with all the spare time.
Well, if it’s anything like business as usual, he’ll spend much of it “taunting” his colleagues.
According to a Harvard professor who may have way too much spare time on his hands, about 27 percent of communications sent out by U.S. senators during 2005-2007 were used to insult another elected official.
Little wonder there’s no budget agreement.
“It’s jarring and surprising,” said Prof. Gary King, who, along with two students, analyzed 64,033 press releases.
A Washington Post reporter asked King to analyze more recent memos. Curiously, only 20 percent of those press releases were considered taunting.
An example: Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) said, “Republicans have shown they couldn’t care less about those who have the least.”
Yep, business as usual.