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    Rep. John Dingell's Holiday Jingle

    An annual holiday missive from the now retiring, longest-serving member of the United States Congress, Congressman John D. Dingell (D-MI12)

    Rep. John Dingell’s 2014 Holiday Jingle

    'Twas just days before Dems lost control of the Senate

    Handing over the reins to whoever's left in it.

    But amidst all the partisan clanking and clatter

    Thought I'd write you a poem and highlight a few matters

    Looking back on my career and the year in reflection

    For I'm hanging it up, after 30 elections.

    The last two years proved to be both a challenge and treat:

    Became the longest-serving member! Shared a stage with Meryl Streep!

    Earned the Medal of Freedom! Even passed legislation!

    All this in the face of Congressional stagnation.

    And though Congress moved slow, in its usual fashion

    My one question remained: what the heck's a Kardashian?

    But at 88 years old, balance gets a bit awkward,

    I hurt my hip in a fall, and ended up at the doctor.

    On the mend, I'm recovering for at least a few weeks

    But I'm still working hard, via phone calls and tweets

    Keeping up with my people, finding ways to say hello

    I figured out Google Glass. But does anyone still use Ello?

    From Gruber to Ebola, I've survived this year's banter.

    Think the Tea Party's dead? You should ask my friend Cantor.

    Cruz's latest ploy backfired, ushering through nominations

    Like a new Surgeon General, and a head of immigration

    Made our Cabinet stronger, reaffirmed our world power

    If Ash Carter doesn't work, well there's always Tim Howard

    And so our nation must make an important decision

    One that's certain to split us, and unearth deep division

    We'll dissect every word, every small thing they say

    'Til we finally learn: Was it Adnan or Jay?

    And, oh yeah, there's that one other decision we face

    Of who will enter, and win, the 2016 race

    So the election's now upon us, and amidst all the hintin'

    There'll be a line of new choices [and a Bush, and a Clinton]

    As folks "actively explore," and throw their hats in the ring

    We must look at their records, and the experience they bring

    As for me, I've never been one to create a big scene

    So Happy Holidays to all, DINGELL 2016!

    (This is an actual bumper sticker a group of supporters of mine made decades ago.)