Welcome to this week’s Voice Votes, a feature in which we grade the week’s headlines—and poke fun at them. You can join in by suggesting your own #win, #fail, and #meh candidates via Twitter. (Send tweets to @nationaljournal). Need more space? E-mail suggestions to Readers@nationaljournal.com or leave us a comment on Facebook. We’ll publish the best suggestions in this space every week and credit the authors.
Here's how we vote this week:
#Win on Thursday night’s other debate, between Democratic Reps. Howard Berman and Brad Sherman, both from California, during which Sherman walked over to Berman and aggressively put his arm around him, nearly prompting a fistfight. Now we now why they had Ryan and Biden seated.
#Meh on Rep. Mike Turner’s skepticism that the managers of a nuclear-weapons facility in Tennessee were unaware of security failings that allowed an 82-year-old nun to infiltrate it. How many times do the managers have to explain? The nun walked right in, but they designed the security to stop a flying nun.
#Win on the National Wildlife Federation’s lobbying of Congress as part of its push for more recess time in schools' schedules. We feel good about the federation's chances: If there’s one thing Congress can be trusted to get behind, it’s more recess.
#Fail on the Obama ad featuring Big Bird, which Sesame Street quickly asked the campaign to take down. Maybe Obama could just disclaim at the end of the ad, “This message is brought to you by letter 'R,' the number '6,' and the hashtag 'Fail.' ”
#Meh on High Stakes Politics, a mobile app that combines elements of World of Warcraft with public-policy trivia. Finally, someone’s combined the dorkiness of fantasy gaming with the banality of government bureaucracy.
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