The fiery, emotional debate climaxed when Rep. Jean Schmidt, R-Ohio, the most junior member of the House, told of a phone call she received from a Marine colonel.
"He asked me to send Congress a message - stay the course. He also asked me to send Congressman Murtha a message - that cowards cut and run, Marines never do," Schmidt said.
Democrats booed and shouted her down - causing the House to come to a standstill.
Rep. Harold Ford, D-Tenn., charged across the chamber's center aisle screaming that it was an uncalled for personal attack. "You guys are pathetic. Pathetic," yelled Rep. Marty Meehan, D-Mass.
One or two of you longtime readers may remember Ms. Schmidt.
ETA: Taegan Goddard writes that Schmidt's speech was "Potentially Career Ending"
As you may have read earlier, Rep. Jean Schmidt (R-OH), the woman who barely beat Iraq war vet Paul Hackett (D) in Ohio's special election earlier this year, unleashed a vicious attack on Rep. John Murtha (D-PA). She essentially called the 37 year Marine veteran and purple heart recipient a coward. Later, she asked for her remarks to be withdrawn from the record.
ETA, again: The Moderate Voice has another good post on what Joe Gandelman calls
one of the most clumsy, politically transparent and possibly counterproductive political operations since the GOP Congress inserted itself into the Terri Schiavo affair