Sure Beats Working

The Democrats in the Texas legislature go on the lam to avoid voting on a controversial plan. They sing, they relax, they bond

One reason politicians seem so dorky is that other than the filibuster, there aren't any cool parliamentary procedures. But the ultimate move--the one that's making Aaron Sorkin even more upset that he won't be writing The West Wing next season--is to halt a vote by hightailing it out of town and then evading the cops looking to drag you back. It's always a ratings grabber, like when some Republicans in the U.S. Senate locked themselves in their offices to quash a vote on a campaign-finance-reform bill in 1988, causing a sergeant at arms to carry Bob Packwood feetfirst to the Senate...

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