by Bill Forman
Why, it's enough to drive a grown man, or at least incoming Speaker of the House John Boehner, to tears: Congress will be delaying its holiday recess in order to pass some kind of legislation or something.
Anyway, to ease the pain, Colorado's own U.S. Sen. Mark Udall has invited his Twitter followers to suggest music that will soothe the savage Washington beast, or at least help keep it awake.
You can play along at home by visiting Udall's blog, or by posting your own congressional playlist candidates to Twitter with the hashtag #Song4Congress, which, last I checked, hadn't caught up with trending topics #yogibear and #textyougetfromastalker.
As Udall puts it: "Send your favorite hit about 'working' or 'getting along,' and I’ll post the ones that best set the tone (so to speak) while we work as long as it takes to finish the people's business."
So far, suggestions for Udall's playlist have included:
"Rise" by Flobots (let's hear it for hometown pride!)
"Pull Up the People" by M.I.A., and
"Liar" by Henry Rollins
But the song that sums it up best? That, of course, would be Gil Scott-Heron's "Whitey on the Moon."