HOH’s One-Minute Recess: Congressional Shark

Posted November 4, 2010 at 11:15am

If you follow Rep. Thaddeus McCotter on Twitter, you might have noticed the Michigan Republican has posted several messages recently about “Swamp Shark,” a campy-looking movie set to premiere next year on the SyFy network.

From its awesomely bad trailer, it appears the flick is, well, about a shark that terrorizes a swamp. So why is McCotter so into the movie on the social messaging site?

“Long-running riff with some of my Twitter followers. ‘Swamp Shark’ has Robert Davi in it,” McCotter says. “He wants conservatives to support flicks with conservatives in them. Careful what you wish for.”

Indeed, the over-the-top film has become an inside joke with McCotter and his friends on Twitter. For example, on Thursday morning, he tweeted a funny message to Renee Hulshof, wife of former Rep. Kenny Hulshof (R-Mo.).

“I would never feed Kenny Hulshof to the #swampshark. I have too much respect for the latter,” McCotter writes.

An Accessory With Meaning

Red ties were everywhere on Election Day. Sen.-elect Rand Paul (R-Ky.) donned one during his acceptance speech Tuesday night, while House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (Md.) wore crimson to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s election watch party.

So what exactly is the significance of the accessory that so many politicians prefer?

In an article out this week, “What Do Politicians’ Red Ties Really Mean?” Esquire.com explores the significance and history of the crimson tie and the role it plays in candidates’ public image.

Turns out, in the early 20th century, the accessory was worn only by male prostitutes. Talk about sending a message.

But, over time, the red tie evolved, particularly with the advent of color television in the 1960s, and it eventually came to symbolize victory and strength.

“In both business and political spheres, the crisp white shirt/red necktie combo has been adopted as some kind of ultimate American power aesthetic,” the article states.

Looks like that’s one accessory that’s fit to be tied.