Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Missouri, entered the Senate’s LBJ room early this morning, looking for a cot and a chance to nap during a rare overnight debate on the Iraq war.

“There was one kind of blob in the corner. And I’m trying to figure out, who is it? Who is sleeping over there? It was none other than Bob Casey,” she told reporters today.

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Pennsylvania’s junior senator was the first lawmaker to take advantage of LBJ cots. He slept for about an hour.

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Ms. McCaskill wasn’t comfortable, so she left, waking Mr. Casey on the way out. She apologized to him.

We don’t seem to be raising them very hearty in Pennsylvania these days. The 47-year-old Casey couldn’t outlast his 77-year old senior colleague, or even any of the six octogenarian Senators currently serving.

On the other hand, maybe the hints at Senator Casey’s reputation hidden in this story give us a clue. Why, I wonder, was Senator McCaskill, seen here lookin’ fine with Barack Obama, so “uncomfortable” with the idea of napping in the same room as a colleague? Could it be that Casey has a habit of taking advantage of overtired lady senators in the nap room? If so, he may have been cruising, and his “waking” was just part of his plan to draw another sexy legislator into a “private caucus,” if you know what I mean. The old “horizontal quorum.” A little bit of what true American patriots call “freedom kissing.”

Another clue from the P-G:

“I picked the one beneath the portrait of Thomas Jefferson. I figured that was safe,” [Casey] told reporters. “He was watching over me while I slept.”

Yeah, I think that Jefferson would have approved.

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