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Mr. Ashworth showed his “gratitude” last week by launching the site, which initially featured a YouTube video of him staring into the camera while offering 28 seconds of deadpanned, unenthusiastic applause.

“Dear Congress,” the site’s banner read, “For your leadership, your maturity and your inspiring ability to perform the basic duties of your job, we applaud you.”

Mr. Ashworth, a computer programmer, initially tweeted the idea on July 31, when legislators were still locked in a fierce, partisan debate that differed starkly from their usually civil discourse. (That’s more sarcasm.)

The website within days rose to full Internet meme status, with more than 50 users posting their own slow-clap videos as of Friday and the site being featured on cable-news shows, blogs and in newspapers.

We’re sure Congress “appreciates” the thanks.