On Monday, Sen. Susan Collins’ (R-ME) plan to have colleagues use a designated “talking stick” to ensure they take turns speaking while trying to broker a shutdown deal backfired when one of the senators broke a glass elephant heirloom with the stick.
After Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) “forcefully delivered” the stick to Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) across the room, a glass elephant sitting on a shelf was chipped, the only “injury” of the incident, CNN reported.
Upon learning the strange incident, Twitter did what it does best — exploded with jokes.
“This is not The Onion,” whistleblower specialist Irvin McCullough tweeted.
This is not the onion.
1) Senators use "talking sticks"
2) One Senator got so angry they threw the talking stick
3) The throw missed its target and broke Senator Collins' glass elephant.
I repeat, this is not the onion. https://t.co/kv3pYE2Jtw
— Irvin McCullough (@mcculloughirvin) January 22, 2018
“Sounds like ‘Lord of the Flies’ down there,” Newsweek‘s Gersh Kuntzman noted.
Sounds like "Lord of the Flies" down there. https://t.co/cLw4xVh5kO
— Gersh Kuntzman (@GershKuntzman) January 22, 2018
Check out the best responses below.
In a scene straight out of @VeepHBO, Senators used a talking stick during negotiations on ending the shutdown, but had to switch to a mini basketball after one lawmaker chucked the stick across the room & broke a glass elephant https://t.co/OSaF54t3XJ
— Alice Ollstein (@AliceOllstein) January 22, 2018
Lamar threw a “talking stick” at Mark Warner during the dealmaker caucus meeting, almost shattering Susan Collins’ glass elephant https://t.co/V8nuXYzYVY
— Seung Min Kim (@seungminkim) January 22, 2018
100% thought that "glass elephant" is some sort of outlandish beltway euphemism. https://t.co/aiWq8Ax74x
— Rob Scharf (@robscharf) January 22, 2018
This is why they used a talking *pillow* in Breaking Bad https://t.co/mM7lpgVOjh
— KatherineHawkins (@Krhawkins5) January 22, 2018
I tried this with two-year-olds when I was a preschool teacher, except it was a toy car instead of a stick and it didn't work at all https://t.co/sggQg9PbTS
— Josh Billinson (@jbillinson) January 22, 2018
wow. a glass elephant is an awesome metaphor for something…
— so it goes🌹🏴 (@symptomaddict) January 22, 2018
Our congressional leaders are acting like school children. https://t.co/MsiSE7K7w5
— SKIRT (@talktoskirt) January 22, 2018
I believe I have found proof of Collins’ ill-fated glass elephant, may it rest in peace. pic.twitter.com/snbr4Fk9Bt
— Rafi Schwartz (@TheJewishDream) January 22, 2018
If you're going to act like children, Susan Collins is going to treat you like children. https://t.co/HlwYx24XtT
— Susan Hennessey (@Susan_Hennessey) January 22, 2018
"A glass elephant sitting on a shelf owned by Collins became the casualty, with the stick chipping it a little bit…Collins replaced the stick with a small rubber ball." They can't even be trusted with a stick.
— dominic rushe (@dominicru) January 22, 2018
— Pat Callaghan (@PatCallaghan6) January 22, 2018
Someone make a "Susan Colllins' glass elephant" twitter feed ASAP https://t.co/WxbDlnpnsg
— Jared Bennett (@jaredtbennett) January 22, 2018
Given the past year a conch shell would've been more appropriate https://t.co/7FibF8Imil
— Adam Blickstein (@AdamBlickstein) January 22, 2018
Wow. A talking stick is almost as unusual as a talking horse. https://t.co/VHW1p0ialx
— Bill Kristol (@BillKristol) January 22, 2018