Congressman Irrelevant

A CORRECTION from yesterday’s Las Vegas Review-Journal:

An item in Political Notebook in Sunday’s Review-Journal was incorrect. Rep. Dean Heller, R-Nev., ranked as the 435th most powerful member of Congress by, is ranked below the nonvoting representatives from Washington, D.C., American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

I expect a presidential announcement any day now.

Via Alec Oveis.

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  1. That’s a new level of impotence when a representative with a vote gets ranked behind not one, not two, not even three, but five representatives without a vote.

  2. James Joyner says:

    Yup. Then again, some of those guys have been their for years and built up relationships.

  3. By that reasoning, then some lobbyist ought to be in the ranking. They probably have even better relationships. Or maybe some staffers.

    Of course the guy who ranked 434 is breathing a sigh of relief that its not his name being talked about. I suspect that, especially in the middle, that if you got 10 different people to draw up the list on ten different days (without access to their previous list), you would get 100 different rankings.

  4. B. Minich says:

    “We’re sorry, we didn’t put this guy low enough in the original article. In order to add insult to injury, we’re going to put a few more people ahead of him who don’t even have votes.”