It sounds like a movie, really.
Two congressmen, one Republican and one Democrat, stranded in Texas by the big East Coast blizzard, have to make it back to D.C. in time for voting … and there’s only one thing that can get them there in time: ROAD TRIP!
While it sounds like something out of Hollywood, this is a very real thing that’s happening right now and it’s pretty amazing.
Democrat Beto O’Rourke (El Paso) and Republican Will Hurd (San Antonio) are currently in the middle of a 1,600-mile road trip in a rented Chevy Impala and they’re using technology to turn the trip into a town hall on wheels.
According to the Washington Post, O’Rourke pitched the idea to Hurd, who was iffy on the idea at first but then agreed to the trip. The pair headed out on Tuesday morning in an effort to make it to D.C. by Wednesday evening for the 6 p.m. ET vote on Capitol Hill.
The pair have been broadcasting their trip on Periscope and Facebook Live and it’s been a blast, especially the more tired the pair get, answering questions about pie, antelopes and tacos.
From stiff beginnings to buddy talk, the evolution of the conversation has been hilarious to follow. Take, for instance, this clip that starts with O’Rourke explaining the career of Big Star’s Alex Chilton and then The Replacements. It finishes with Hurd claiming Ronald Reagan used to wear the same shirt multiple days in a row.
They even had other congresspeople call them and chat with them on the air, about things ranging from a border wall to their districts.
The Facebook commenters have been having fun and teeing off, too, criticizing both congressmen for perceived shortcomings, but the pair are taking it in stride.