Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) turns the Golden Rule on its head: "What we really expect out of the Democrats is for them to treat us as they would like to have been treated."
Given Boehner's perma-tan, maybe we can call this the Bronzed Rule.
A tacit admission that the Republicans turned Congress into a one-party state, where all opposition was shut out. They are starting the regret how they treated the minority party.
Unreal. Teri Schiavo's husband shows up at a debate featuring Congresswoman Marilyn Musgrave, and she wants him thrown out so she doesn't have to look at him:
But just minutes after taking my seat, I noticed a flurry of activity around my seat including about four uniformed police officers who were - I would learn later - called in by Musgrave staffers and asked to remove me from the building.
At this point, I had made no speeches, I had no signs, had made no attempt to disrupt or cause any commotion. I only came into the auditorium, spoke to a dozen or so reporters and took a seat.
To their credit, the police refused the Musgrave campaign's appeal to have me removed.
There's more to come, but I still can't get over even that part. A sitting member of Congress asked the police to remove me - a taxpaying citizen - from a public debate. Obviously, I misunderstand the concept of a political debate. I thought a debate was a place to share ideas, answer questions, defend your record and tell citizens what you've done and what you will do. Marilyn Musgrave believes, I have to gather, that debates are places to have the police remove people who don't agree with you.
After the police talked with obviously irritated Musgrave staffers and the debate organizer, the Musgrave campaign complained that my seat, next to the timekeeper, was inappropriate because - get this - Marilyn Musgrave would have to look at me. In an effort to appease the Musgrave camp, the debate organizers moved the timekeeper to the other side of the stage - about 15 seats away.
If you need to re-read that again, it's okay. A member of Congress who took to the floor of our Congress to speak about my wife, my family and my values made the debate timekeeper move so she wouldn't have to look at me. Just amazing.
Congressman Mark Foley has resigned because he was writing sexually suggestive emails to underage boys. But perhaps the biggest bombshell is that Speaker Dennis Hastert has know about Foley's indiscretion for more than a year.
There are a lot of skeletons collecting in Hastert's closet, from Jack Abramoff to Iraq. Is this the one that finally gets conservatives to wake up?