Hello and Happy Sunday, dear reader!
I write you today a little later than I intended, as I found myself once again on the convention trail, performing with Super Art Fight as a part of the 2023 edition of Super MAGfest, the music and gaming festival which has so kindly hosted us for ages now.
It was a really great, really fun show, with a packed audience, and generally, speaking as a live performer: it’s nice to be getting closer to normal with live shows. It certainly helps when it’s in an environment as welcoming as the MAGfest crowd, and it was underlined with the shockingly good policing — self and other wise — of mask wearing and general wellness. If I can point to anything that says “the kids are alright”, though the “kids” are maybe ten years younger than me, it was this weekend.
While I will refrain from digging too much into the fray of the Kevin McCarthy Speaker vote — frankly, there are smarter people than I to do so — I did this week find myself wanting to investigate what the longest voting period was for the Speaker of the House.
From Oren Oppenheim, ABC News:
The House can conduct no other business until a speaker is chosen. But the current limbo is nowhere near the longest-ever speaker vote, which occurred in 1855 and 1856.
The record for most rounds of votes, according to the Office of the Historian of the House, is the 34th Congress, when Rep. Nathaniel Prentice Banks of Massachusetts was only elected speaker after 133 rounds and some two months of voting.
See? That’s low by 115 rounds. What was that fight over, anyway?
Because of conflict over slavery and immigration, according to the office, the political atmosphere was tense and more than 20 people tried to become speaker.
Some reads I enjoyed these last few weeks:
See, give me a few weeks, and you get an extra long edition of across the web. Really some gems in there. I’d love to hear your thoughts!
Have an awesome week.