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Deem and pass strategy #deemed worthy of a hash-tag

By Garance Franke-Ruta
The proposed House "deem and pass" vote strategy is already facing one of the most insidious enemies of contemporary political discourse: online mockery.

Perhaps because of the resemblance of the phrase to #demonsheep, a hashtag given to a recent bewildering California U.S. Senate race ad, the deem and pass legislative procedure has been given one of its own by opponents on Twitter, where wits and wags have decided that they can play this game at home and #deem things done just by declaring them so.

Some examples:

@mkhammer: Good news. I #deem my work-out for the day already done even though I've sat on my tuchus all morning.

@stevelutes Instead of filing a 1040, just gonna send a note to IRS #deem my taxes paid in full. #tcot

@rightinillinois: I #deem that I can print my own money

@Rschrim I hearby #deem my clothes clean. Whew I'm glad that's over with. I hated the thought of doing all that laundry.

@WordMarvin I #deem there is always money in the account to cover my checks

@jslemrod i #deem my term papers finished

@cprater: RT @runedart: I've decided to #deem all my bills paid this month. #tweetcongress #twisters #justsayin

You can follow the #deem feed here.

By Garance Franke-Ruta  |  March 16, 2010; 2:45 PM ET
Categories:  44 The Obama Presidency  
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