The great gallery of snoozing senators

Oh, John. And during a section about terrorism, too.

Tucker Carlson noticed it too:

Imagine that you’re John McCain. You’re running for president for the second time, and this time you’re widely considered the frontrunner for the Republican nomination. Knowing that, you’ve got to expect that whomever is directing the television coverage of tonight’s speech is going to point the camera your way. You’re going to be on primetime TV, no doubt. With that in mind, you’re going to want to stay awake. If you’re McCain, who will be over 70 by 2008, you’ll want to make doubly sure to demonstrate your alertness and vigor. You definitely won’t want to slump in your seat, out cold, when Bush starts talking about Iraq. And yet that’s exactly what McCain did tonight, napping on camera for ten agonizing seconds. Lack of self-control? An expression of contempt? Embarrassing in any case.

Fox showed about five seconds of Joe Biden, in which he opened his eyes for a brief moment but then went back to his previous state:


Barack Obama and his pal Ted Kennedy appeared to be catching some zzzz’s, too:


I don’t recognize him offhand, but the fellow sitting next to Kerry appears to be asleep:


And here’s a whole group:


Was the president’s speech that dull? Or did Pelosi’s hypnotic, metronomic blinking lull them into a stupor?

If you have any more pictures or news of any sleepers, let us know.