Jean Schmidt Steps In A Pile Of It
Jean Schmidt, the junior representitive from Ohio, resorted to the type of tactics usually reserved for elementary school politics. Word of her tirade and ad hominem on the house floor have spread like wildfire. Trying to hide behind the red, white and blue of her carefully chosen sweater she allowed her lips to purse up like a sphincter and produce the following statement:
"[A Marine Colonel] 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"The tactic instantly backfired as house Democrats lept from their seats and rushed the well of the floor shouting their objections to the personal attack. Howard Fineman of Newsweek was in the viewing gallery and said that it's the first time he'd ever seen anything like it.
Tempers are running hot on the hill and that is good thing. Finally we have the signs of life in our democracy that suggest we are actually following a system of checks and balances rather than a system of bend over and grab your ankles.
The above quote is from the following article by the Associated Press.