Slow time in Washington gets even slower


The summer doldrums are setting in inside the Beltway. Congress is back from its observance of the Fourth of July, but is getting set for its August recess. The communications bureaucratic watchdog communities are slow-walking as a proportion of their staffing rotates out of town on vacation.

But there was a prime event on the calendar for this week: The House Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade and Consumer Protection was all set for a session called "From Imus to Industry: The Business of Stereotypes and Degrading Images." This title seems to hold out promise for some interesting verbal fireworks, if nothing else. But it is not to be, not this week, anyway. The hearing, scheduled for Wednesday, 7/11/07, has been postponed. A new date has not been announced.