The most widely circulated anti-shutdown tweet to date got a "dramatic reading" on the House floor late last week, courtesy of Congressman Mike Doyle (D-PA).
In case you aren't one of the nearly 20,000 people who have retweeted ThinkProgress EIC Judd Legum's now-iconic illustration of what the GOP-led government shutdown is really about, here it is:
Can I burn down your house? No Just the 2nd floor? No Garage? No Let's talk about what I can burn down. No YOU AREN'T COMPROMISING!— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) October 2, 2013
Last Thursday, Rep. Doyle asked to be recognized so he could recite Legum's words, with some additional commentary to drive the point home:
Mr. Speaker, this is what we've been going through: 'You want a budget for six weeks? Defund Obamacare! Delay Obamacare! Take away the individual mandate from Obamacare! Or, please, just sit down with us and tell us what we can take away from 20 million Americans who need healthcare, and then we'll reopen the government.'
Let me say to my colleagues: If you would just stop trying to burn down the house, we can talk.
[video via @JuddLegum]