In light of health-care debate, what America needs is a civility committee
On its way to Sunday's big vote, health-care reform made a final stop on Saturday before the House Rules Committee -- or, in this case, the House Unruly Committee.
"This process corrupts and prostitutes the system" was the opening accusation from Rep. Joe Barton (R-Tex.). Phrases such as "banana republic," "cultural war" and even a lighthearted "So's your uncle" filled the air.
The dialogue, often captured in the closed captioning of C-SPAN as "[Inaudible conversations]" went something like this:
"I didn't say that."
"It's a subversion of the process."
"No it's not."
"Joe, he's gonna sign -- "
"My friend --"
"Let me just -- "
"Sign a bill -- "
"Let's be calm."