Monday, the presiding speaker was California's Democratic Rep. Laura Richardson.
When Indiana Republican Rep. Steve Buyer sought recognition to speak for....
...five minutes about some pending veterans legislation, she said no. He revised his request to one minute.
Looking confused and taking verbal directions from someone off-camera, Richardson again denied the request.
Buyer persisted, growing outraged that one sitting representative was highhandedly refusing to recognize another, even for one minute. "This is why," Buyer declared, "the American people have thrown you out of power."
1. COMPETENCE matters! You don't even know why you aren't letting the guy speak. Talk about a "pay no attention to the man behind the curtain" moment. 2. Why not let him speak? I thought this was "the people's House.