Things move fast at the General Assembly and we don't always have time to post the Quote of the Day, especially since we witness so many good ones. Add in social media, where lawmakers are disbursing their wit, wisdom and snark minute to minute, we're overwhelmed in the humor that lightens the often tense debate. But we couldn't resist revisiting yesterday's tweet from Senator Mark Obenshain (R-26, Harrisonburg), our first-ever QOD via social media, on the reaction (or lack of) Senate Minority Leader Dick Saslaw (D-35, Springfield) to the birthday card he received from the Senate's pages. The gruff, shoot-from-the-lip, say-anything Northern Virginia liberal was nearly moved to tears and admitted, "I'm speechless. Imagine that!" That it itself was worthy of QOD status, until the senator from The Valley retorted via Twitter:
Senator Dick Saslaw in rare form: speechless.
Senator Saslaw set up the tweet by appearing to be a little emotional as he accepted his gift from the pages, and said, "I don't know what to say," at which point his colleagues applauded sarcastically, before he sputtered out, "Thought you'd never hear that." Alas, the goodwill lasted all of a few hours, as the sharp tongues came out again during the transportation plan debate — and we still have three weeks to go.