Can the US Capitol Out-Stink the Corpse Flower?

Written by Jeannie DeAngelis on July 24, 2013

Sounding more like Washington, DC political tactics than the star attraction of the Botanic Garden, the flowery phenomena was explained by Dr. Novy: “So this plant is essentially tricking those kinds of insects into coming, having a party inside of the plant and the flower and pollinating it and then moving on.”

Mimicking the tried-and-true Washington, DC tactic where seeds grow into something that stinks and are then passed off as sweet-smelling flowers, the titan arum, which is now 10-years-old, grew from the size of a lima bean, and now that it’s ready to blossom is several feet tall.

Novy said that the corpse flower, like Congress, blooms on “irregular, unpredictable schedules.” Yet, “a hot, humid climate provides the ideal conditions for the plant to produce a flower.” In like manner, thanks to the hot air surrounding Obamacare, immigration reform, and proposed anti-Second Amendment measures, there is legislation that also tries to pass itself off as attractive, but smells worse than bologna that’s been sitting in the sun for two weeks.

Describing the appeal of the mysterious corpse flower, Ari said, “It’s just got everything for a good mystery. It’s cryptic. It’s exotic. The timing is off. It’s inconsistent. It’s inconsiderate. It’s got all those great things. It’s from far away, and it smells bad, and people get interested.”

Unbeknownst to the US Botanic Garden spokesperson, his description of the titan arum was probably the most apt comparison with Washington, DC and what goes on in the U.S. Capitol that anyone has made in a very long time.

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Jeannie DeAngelis
Jeannie DeAngelis, born in Brooklyn, New York and raised on Long Island, is a wife, mother and grandmother to three grandsons. She has written for politically-themed articles for conservative websites like American Thinker and Breitbart, emphasizing current events as well as the full range of liberal hypocrisy in politics and Hollywood, and pro-life issues. Jeannie publishes a blog at