National Affairs: Hit or Strike Out

"Congressional courtesy" is a code under which an insult can only be hurled if it is politely wrapped and properly addressed. Last week the House of Representatives found it hard to stay within the code. Rumple-haired Al Engel of Michigan sputtered: "The rules prevent me from saying what I would like to say with regard to the delays in the other body."

"It is high time that the House asserted itself," added Michigan's angry John Dingell. "They [the Senators] have had two strikes already. Now force them to hit or strike out." The trouble with the Senate, he added, was its addiction...

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