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September 20, 2013

Did he really just say....?

When it comes to his disdain for House Republican efforts to defund the Affordable Health Care Act, also known as Obamacare, Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., didn't hold back on Friday. During debate prior to the House of Representatives 230-189 passage of a short-term continuing resolution that funds the federal government through mid-December and defunds Obamacare, Swalwell went downright school yard in describing the House Republican effort to kill the health care law.

"I rise in strong opposition to this radical, right wing effort to walk our economy off a cliff and cause a government shutdown," said Swawell, a freshman who represents the East Bay area in California's 15th congressional district. "I invite my colleagues on the other side to wake up from this radical, ideological wet dream and come back to reality."


Yes, he said it.

Even in the bitterly partisan atmosphere of today, the House prides itself on decorum and discourages personal verbal attacks aimed at members. Offended lawmakers normally ask that to have the offending members words taken down - a procedure that can result in the offending member being forbidden from speaking in the House chamber for the rest of that day.  But no one objected to Swalwell's remarks.


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It is difficult to take seriously the comments of someone with so little class.

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