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I can’t quite tell if this is a great example of our tax dollars at work or an awful example. You be the judge!

Today (March 7), the House of Representatives heard arguments regarding a voting rights provision. Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Wis.) mentioned during his allotted time that four out of 77,000 people wanted to keep said voting rights provision. Rep. Pocan equated that number to “probably about the percent of people who think Nickelback is their favorite band in this country.”

This statement did not sit well with Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) who chimed in with, “Why would you criticize one of the greatest bands of the ’90s?” This caused Rep. Pocan to reply, “Wow! One more reason why there’s a difference between Democrats and Republicans.”

But Rep. Davis was not done! When he had his turn to speak, he continued, “I know [Pocan] did not mean to offend the many thousands upon thousands of Nickelback fans in his district in Wisconsin. And yes, I actually do have a Nickelback song on my running playlist that I listen to on a regular basis. I was ridiculed [for] that when I posted my playlist one time, and I know some in this chamber, even up at the dais, are still laughing about that.”

In the full excerpt of the exchange that can be streamed at C-Span.orgRep. Pocan concluded, “I will just wrap by saying, I appreciate that very brave admission of your fandom for Nickelback. That’s very brave, and I do recognize that.”

It should be noted that C-Span labeled the video on their website, “Look at this Photograph.” Well played, C-Span. Well played!


Erica Banas is rock/classic rock news blogger that loves the smell of old vinyl in the morning.

Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock news blogger who's well-versed in etiquette and extraordinarily nice. #TransRightsAreHumanRights

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