Another chapter in the continuing pitifully juvenile civil dialogue, this one from right here in Florida no less.
First there was this statement by Representative Debbie Wasserman-Schultz referring to her semi-neighbor Representative Allen West on the house floor:
President Obama has vowed to veto this bill which ends the Medicare guarantee. Incredulously the gentleman from Florida who represents thousands of Medicare beneficiaries, as do I, is supportive of this plan that would increase costs for Medicare beneficiaries. Unbelievable from a member from South Florida.
Certainly guilty of political demagoguery, since we’re probably going to have to cut something somewhere. Possibly guilty of shaving the truth being fuzzy about whether we’re talking current or future Medicare recipients – if you’re familiar with what is actually in “Cut, Cap & Balance” please let us know.
Then here’s the response from Representative West:
“You want a personal fight, I am happy to oblige. You are the most vile, unprofessional, and despicable member of the U.S. House of Representatives. If you have something to say to me, stop being a coward and say it to my face, otherwise, shut the heck up… You have proven repeatedly that you are not a lady, therefore, shall not be afforded due respect from me!
I’d expect that Rep. Wasserman-Schultz and Rep. West must have some sort of running feud going, but vile and despicable? Ewww. Please make a note in the comments if you know something of the history that could have propelled this civility snap and if it’s solid, I’ll just add it to the post.