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So, how nasty was the brouhaha between Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa and ranking member Elijah E. Cummings, anyway? And how did the resulting floor fight over a resolution to rap Issa on the knuckles compare to other partisan stunts?
These are questions that came up Thursday morning in our editorial meeting as Congressional Black Caucus members put forth the measure, and once you got us going, the stories started flying. Bill Thomas, crying! Nancy Pelosi turning out the lights and locking the House chamber! The days when legislative spats were settled with fisticuffs! Sure, partisan rancor these days is bad, but things have definitely been worse. (This is something I recently was asked about before giving a speech in Massachusetts.)
During the meeting, Steven T. Dennis went on in detail about Pelosi’s refusal to let Republicans talk about drilling, and how the GOP staged a big show of being shut out of the chamber.
As I attempted to get things back on track to plan out the day’s newspaper, I realized we had a lot of institutional knowledge in the room, and that it was a pretty fun (by journalism nerd standards) discussion. I told everyone we should take the conversation public.
So we did — Steven, Jason Dick, David Hawkings and I chatted about the topic in our Roll Call studio. And now we bring it to you. Enjoy our first ever Roll Call round table, and let us know what you think.