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January 14, 2015 10:14 AM   Subscribe

Rumble in the Capitol!

In 1995, while debating President Clinton's decision to send troops to Bosnia, U.S. Representatives Jim Moran (D-VA) and Randy "Duke" Cunningham (R-CA) got into a heated debate on the Capitol floor. As described in a clip from an interview on the Bills and Brews YouTube series, Moran talks about the "bench-clearing brawl" (later described by the Washington Post as a "shoving match") that occurred afterwards. Guest appearances (in animated form) from Representatives "B-1 Bob" Dornan (R-CA), George Miller (D-CA), William Baker (R-CA), and Dave Obey (D-WI).
posted by zombieflanders (13 comments total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
 
Ah, brings back the good old days of Congress.
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI at 10:24 AM on January 14, 2015


I suppose it is progress that no one suffered brain damage in this incident.
posted by bearwife at 10:26 AM on January 14, 2015


Wouldn't they have to have brains to...

Nevermind.

Low hanging fruit and all that.
posted by Splunge at 10:31 AM on January 14, 2015


"Moran found him crying in the cloakroom."

Pfft. Amateurs.

If you're a fan of the genteel art of the legislative donnybook, may I suggest parliamentfights.
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 10:44 AM on January 14, 2015 [2 favorites]


Ah yes, good old Jim Moran. He represented me for a significant portion of my life and from my perspective has been basically the best representative I could ask for. Pushing issues that mattered to me, creating arenas where underrepresented people in politics could share their perspectives, paying attention to his constituents and actively taking part in community activities.

But let us not forget how much of his early career was comedy freakin' gold. Perhaps I'm immature for finding all of his fights funny. Perhaps they are actually very funny.
posted by capricorn at 10:47 AM on January 14, 2015 [2 favorites]


Man I've never read the full story before and that caning thing is the perfect example of the strategic thinking of conservatives. Violent, aggressive reaction awarded with a dwindling number of loud cheers, followed by shrinking support from moderates and chickenshit back-pedalling when confronted by someone who can fight back.
posted by Potomac Avenue at 10:49 AM on January 14, 2015 [4 favorites]


...And resulting in the maximum misery of everyone.
posted by Potomac Avenue at 10:54 AM on January 14, 2015


legislative donnybook

I'm totally stealing this for an additional tag.
posted by zombieflanders at 10:58 AM on January 14, 2015


Parliamentary pugilism? Douma dustup? Bicameral beatdown?

I'm here all week.
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 11:07 AM on January 14, 2015 [1 favorite]


Robert's Rules of Wrecking Your Shit
posted by jason_steakums at 11:11 AM on January 14, 2015 [10 favorites]


Ah, brings back the good old days of Congress.

And a time in history when they had to come up to Canada to indulge in unfettered gunplay:

Burlingame, a well-known marksman, eagerly accepted, choosing rifles as the weapons and the Navy Yards on the Canadian side of the US-Canada border in Niagara Falls, NY as the location (in order to circumvent the US ban on dueling).
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 11:44 AM on January 14, 2015


Fiduciary fisticuffs?

I experienced a situation in elementary school where a guy wanted to fight me. I declined. He jumped on my back, so I leaned over and started to spin in a circle until he told me he was getting sick and then he shook my hand and we became friends.

Good to see that Congress is a place this type of behavior continues.
posted by Chuffy at 4:20 PM on January 14, 2015 [1 favorite]


If you're a fan of the genteel art of the legislative donnybook, may I suggest parliamentfights.

How...how was this not an FPP in its own right? Or was it one that I missed?

To quote Comic Book Guy, "There is no emoticon for what I am feeling!"
posted by scaryblackdeath at 9:49 PM on January 14, 2015


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