Ghosts Of McCarthy (UPDATED)

Republican Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (MN) today:

That’s right–a sitting Republican Representative is accusing an unknown number of her fellow Representatives of being anti-American.

Well, the rules of the House of Representatives have this to say about censure:

Censure of a Member has been deemed appropriate in cases of a breach of the privileges of the House. There are two classes of privilege, the one, affecting the rights of the House collectively, its safety, dignity, and the integrity of its proceedings; and the other, affecting the rights, reputation, and conduct of Members, individually.

I’d say accusing your fellow Representatives of being anti-American certainly insults the reputation and conduct of those individual members (whoever they may be) and impugns the integrity of the House as an institution.

UPDATE: Apparently others have had the same idea.

I say the Congress has a duty to preserve it’s reputation by censuring Congresswoman Bachmann for her outrageous and reprehensible comments.


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