Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton has taken her shots, both figuratively and literally. As a congressional representative for the District of Columbia without full voting rights, her struggle to grant the District voting rights has often been met with resentment, indignation, and indifference, with the new Republican sweep of the House of Representatives signaling one more hurdle to the District's fledgling aspirations.
However, following the recent Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear, Congresswoman Norton added a victory to a stretch of symbolic and actual losses for the District. That is, she beat comedian Stephen Colbert at a drinking contest at The Passenger, a local watering hole in Washington, D.C. (and, for full disclosure, my bar).
Colbert once satirically chided Norton to have D.C. residents scream out of their windows to be heard and said, "Voting is overrated." When The D.C .Voting Rights Act was defeated indefinitely by a filibuster in the Senate in 2007, Colbert shouted, "In your face, Eleanor Holmes Norton!" and sang "High Hopes," comparing her cause to that of the little ant in the song:
Just what makes that little old ant
Think he'll move that rubber tree plant
Anyone knows an ant, can't
Move a rubber tree plant
Colbert has promised to be in attendance should the District be granted full representation.