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Civility update: Dem congressmen nearly come to punches in debate

posted at 2:19 pm on October 12, 2012 by

Joe Biden’s borderline volatility in Thursday’s night’s vice presidential debate was nothing compared with the behavior of two of his fellow Democrats on Capitol Hill. That would be California Reps. Brad Sherman and his rival, Howard Berman. During a debate of their own yesterday, the exchange became heated, culminating with a threat by Sherman to come upside Berman’s head.

An article at LAWeekly (h/t Weasel Zippes) notes that the debate was over the DREAM Act, a version of which passed in the Golden State in 2011. Sherman disputed that Berman had authored the legislation, to which Berman responded by calling Sherman “delusional.” Sherman rose angrily to his feet, the crowd in the room cheering him on, and confronted Berman, who warned Sherman not to “get into my face.” This provoked Sherman to further action. He clasped his arm menacingly around Berman’s shoulder, drew him closer, and said, “Do you want to get into this?”

A sheriff’s deputy had to intervene and force the two politicians to go back to their corners. A video of the incident, including the crowd reaction, is here.

It is reassuring to have these reminders from the party of civility on how rational beings settle their differences. They don’t resort to the use of crosshairs to symbolize violence. Instead, they come out and threaten to knock each other’s block off for real.

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Just wait till the cane fights break out in the Senate again.

Mary in LA on October 12, 2012 at 3:25 PM

A man who claimed authorship was named Berman
He was disputed by another named Sherman
With their fists they began to pound
Wanting to go to the tenth round
Proving indeed they both were vermin.

rbj on October 12, 2012 at 3:49 PM

rbj on October 12, 2012 at 3:49 PM

Excellent! Signed copy of … oh, never mind.

Howard Portnoy on October 12, 2012 at 5:21 PM

Howard Portnoy on October 12, 2012 at 5:21 PM

Thanks!

Berman and Sherman, how could I not.

rbj on October 12, 2012 at 5:46 PM

Oh, and I made this one over here:

Obama has lied
Stevens has died
Obama then made a mad dash
to Vegas for some cash
This criminal needs to be tried.

rbj on October 12, 2012 at 6:00 PM

rbj on October 12, 2012 at 6:00 PM

You’re on a streak, rbj!

Howard Portnoy on October 12, 2012 at 6:19 PM