Congressman Mike Honda does not want to hear about the Keystone XL pipeline. Yawn.
Honda does not want to hear about another GOP vote to repeal Obamacare. Doctor’s-orders yawn.
If you challenge funding for the Department of Homeland Security, Honda will not yawn. He will go to sleep before you can say—shoot, he’s asleep.
This was Friday. Since winning a seventh term in the House of Representatives last fall, Honda (D-San Jose) has been relatively active, introducing a new bill almost every week. None of them will pass, but he’s showing some effort compared to a few of his earlier terms.
But the bipartisanship of our nation’s capital can be downright tiresome. And while actions may speak louder than words, sleeping on the job is some next-level passive aggressive shade.
This, of course, isn’t Honda’s first ticket to ride on the sleep train. Back in late 2013, San Jose Inside published a video of Honda dozing off during a town hall meeting. This was early in the campaign season, so Honda still gave a damn about perceptions. His campaign spokesflak defended the nap as a travel-weary congressman simply resting his eyes when he focuses. When he opened them aflutter—what day is this?!—that was just him snapping brain pictures.
Then came another video, posted on the blog of San Francisco Chronicle reporter Carla Marinucci, which showed Honda falling asleep on the House floor during a discussion about the government shutdown. Honda’s office mouthpiece insisted that Honda has not fallen asleep. “He just closes his eyes when he’s thinking. There’s really no other explanation.”
This is true. When you think of sleep, you close your eyes. There really is no other explanation on how to sleep.
But all that took place when Honda needed to reassure voters that narcolepsy was not his second strongest skill behind singing karaoke in Spanish. Now that he’s got another year before campaign season kicks back into gear—and that should be a depressing thought to anyone who paid attention to the last race—Honda has no qualms with a little sleep on company time. Not when he has to deal with these guys.
— Jeremy Art (@cspanJeremy) February 27, 2015
It’s a slick answer, one that could be a slippery slope considering Republicans once again control the House. If Honda’s really that tired of the GOP “playing games,” on any matter, he’ll have nothing but nap time until Ro Khanna re-emerges for the rematch.
And then there’s the question of effort. It’s not as if there was nowhere else to sleep but in the direct line of sight of the cameras. Honda could have picked literally any other place in the building to take a nap and managed to escape the watchful eye of CCTV (see: Comatose Congressmen Television).