House Party

I love the U.S. House of Representatives. It’s devoid of the haughtiness of the Senate, and unlike the smaller legislative branch, the Republicans in the House actually realize that they’re in power.

The House of Representatives sounded more like a rowdy House of Commons Friday night, as Republicans called Rep. John Murtha’s bluff on an immediate Iraq withdrawal:

At one point in the emotional debate, Rep. Jean Schmidt, R-Ohio, told of a phone call she received from a Marine colonel.

“He asked me to send Congress a message _ stay the course. He also asked me to send Congressman Murtha a message _ that cowards cut and run, Marines never do,” Schmidt said. Murtha is a 37-year Marine veteran.

Democrats booed and shouted her down _ causing the House to come to a standstill.

Rep. Harold Ford, D-Tenn., charged across the chamber’s center aisle screaming that Republicans were making uncalled-for personal attacks. “You guys are pathetic! Pathetic!” yelled Rep. Marty Meehan, D-Mass.

If the Dems keep this up, we’ll all have to pull out our “Sore Loserman” gear again. Now if only the limp-wristed Republican Senate will get a clue…