The disapproval comes from angry constituents, baffled party elders and colleagues on the other side of the Capitol. But nowhere have senators found criticism more personal or immediate than right inside their own chamber every morning when the chaplain delivers the opening prayer.
â€śSave us from the madness,â€ť the chaplain, a Seventh-day Adventist, former Navy rear admiral and collector of brightly colored bow ties named Barry C. Black, said one day late last week as he warmed up into what became an epic ministerial scolding.
â€śWe acknowledge our transgressions, our shortcomings, our smugness, our selfishness and our pride,â€ť he went on, his baritone voice filling the room. â€śDeliver us from the hypocrisy of attempting to sound reasonable while being unreasonable.â€ť
So it has gone every day for the last week when Mr. Black, who has been the Senateâ€™s official man of the cloth for 10 years, has ...