The guy on the Blackberry and the breezy painting notwithstanding, contempt’s the word as visual media highlights and dramatizes the Hail Mary gesture by House Republicans to repeal the new health care law.
This image and the one below are featured in a Zimbio slide show that frontloads with scary, outraged Republican faces pressing the assault on the healthcare law and backends with photos of serious, but anxious-looking and mostly clustered House Democrats. The sequencing (along with the fact the Repubs hold the table and the Dems are out in the hall) gives the feel of the blue team on the run from this onslaught.
You have to appreciate the story caption, also, amplifying the “killing” GOP lingo: House Rules Committee Meets On The “Repealing The Job-Killing Health Care Law Act.”
(photos: Alex Wong/Getty Images. caption: U.S. Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI) (R) and Rep. Steve King (R-IA) (L) testify during a markup hearing January 6, 2011 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. The committee met to determine rules for floor debate on legislation that would repeal the Healthcare Reform Bill. photo 3: U.S. Rep. John Kline (R-MN).