Specter / Feingold Smack Down!

Things got a little testy after a Senate panel pushed ahead a constitutional ban on same-sax marriage.

“If you want to leave, good riddance,” Senate Judiciary Chairman Arlen Specter told Wisconsin Democratic Sen. Russell Feingold, who refused to participate because, he said, the meeting was not sufficiently open to the public.

“I’ve enjoyed your lecture too. See you later, Mr. Chairman,” Feingold told the Pennsylvania Republican before storming out.

Boo-hoo. Russ is obviously still protesting following his ‘No border fence’ vote made yesterday. What a weasel.

The rancor didn’t stop there.

Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy, the committee’s top Democrat, said the gay marriage ban was a waste of time for a committee that needs to tackle a wide range of other pressing issues, from judicial nominations to oversight of the National Security Administration’s domestic-spying program.

“I didn’t realize marriages were so threatened. Nor did my wife of 44 years,” Leahy said.

Leahy said Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch, who supports the gay-marriage ban, has expressed support for polygamists in his home state of Utah. “I never said that,” Hatch responded.

“I know some (polygamists) that are very sincere. … Don’t accuse me of wanting to have polygamy.”

Heh.

If this keeps going, someone’s bound to bring up Sen. Byrd’s white sheet days.

Yum yum.

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