Tip Topped!

O'Neill tangles with some Republican Turks over camera angles

Tip O'Neill had heard enough. Incensed by an attack on Democratic legislators by Republican Congressman Newt Gingrich of Georgia during a debate last week, the House Speaker dropped his gavel and strode angrily onto the floor, leaving his Massachusetts colleague Democrat Joseph Moakley to take the chair. O'Neill shook a finger at Gingrich and roared, "You challenged their patriotism, and it is the lowest thing that I have ever seen in my 32 years in Congress!"

As his Democratic colleagues recognized, O'Neill had gone too far....

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