Parliamentary Punch-Ups

The BBC website has this entertaining story of a brawl in the South Korean parliament about — of all things — a bill on media reform!

In America, we tend to be critical of Congress, but at least it manages to conduct its business with some dignity and without a melee. Still, in one twisted corner of my soul I find myself idly wondering what a brawl at the Capitol might look like. Imagine John McCain clad in pirate’s garb like Bluto Blutarsky from Animal House, leaping onto the Speaker’s podium as a livid Nancy Pelosi slashes at him with the oversized Speaker’s gavel while Barney Frank, John Kerry, and John Boehner trade punches, and all the while Senator Harry Reid drones colorlessly on . . . .

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