As Twitchy reported, Sen. Susan Collins revealed that she used a “ceremonial Native American talking stick” in negotiations over a continuing resolution to fund the government. Among the bipartisan group of senators gathered in her office, only the senator holding the talking stick was allowed to speak.

Collins’ stick became so famous she brought it on CNN Tuesday for show and tell.

CNN reports:

The talks were held in Collins’ office, so she set the rules: Whoever was holding the stick was the only person allowed to talk.

“As you can see, it’s beautifully beaded and it was given to me by my friend, Democratic Senator Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota,” Collins told “New Day” anchor Chris Cuomo. “It is originally from Africa and it is used to help control the debate in a meeting, particularly when you have a large number of loquacious people.”

Many noted that it’s also commonly found when you have a large number of unruly preschoolers.


The future is female: Sen. Susan Collins busts out the ‘talking stick’ for negotiations