by Josh Gross
Due to the near-toxic climate of contemporary politics, it often seems like the two major political parties are incapable of working with each other on anything. Oregon legislator Jefferson Smith just proved that premise dead wrong.
Smith, a Democrat representing East Portland, convinced all the members of the Legislature to slip a line from Rick Astley's infamous hit "Never Going to Give You Up" into their speeches during a special session of the legislature in Feb. 2010, as a prank—the nation's most elaborate "Rick-Roll." His wife then edited the clips together and posted them on YouTube on April Fools Day 2011.
The result is horrifying.
But it does drive home a point Smith made to Yahoo News:
"Even just having a little fun together helped develop some professional relationships. Just a tiny spoonful of sugar to let the political medicine go down, so to speak."
Now if only someone can teach Idaho's legislature the words to "Down Under" by Men at Work.