“Before this morning, I regret to say, I was unfamiliar with Tom Marino. Today Marino is my hero,” Scott Johnson writes at Power Line, on “The Wrath of Pelosi, the Cool of Marino:”
In an unusual breach of decorum, even for the divided Congress, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi chased Rep. Tom Marino across the House floor, taking offense at comments by the Pennsylvania Republican during debate on the border funding bill Friday night.
“We don’t have law and order,” Marino began as he wrapped up his comments on the border supplemental. “My colleagues on the other side don’t want to do anything about it.”
“You know something that I find quite interesting about the other side? Under the leadership of the former Speaker [Pelosi], and under the leadership of their former leader [Rep. Steny Hoyer], when in 2009 and 2010, they had the House, the Senate and the White House, and they knew this problem existed,” he continued. “They didn’t have the strength to go after it back then. But now are trying to make a political issue out of it now.”
Off-mic, Pelosi then approached Marino, crossing the aisle in view of cameras, and apparently challenged Marino’s assertion that Democrats did not do anything about the issue when they had majority control.
“Yes it is true,” Marino replied directly to Pelosi, who was House speaker in those years.
“I did the research on it. You might want to try it. You might want to try it, Madam Leader. Do the research on it. Do the research. I did it. That’s one thing that you don’t do.”
Marino then urged lawmakers to support the border supplemental “because apparently I hit the right nerve.”
Read the whole thing, including the Pelosi camp claiming that the sclerotic former speaker “accepted the Congressman’s apology” — which was never offered by Marino, whose chief of staff tells ABC (the House of Stephanopoulos) that his boss “did not apologize to Leader Pelosi and does not intend to do so as he has nothing to apologize for.”
What could explain Palomino’s bitter freakout?
Beyond the raging anger seemingly inherent in all leftists, perhaps this.