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The G.O.P. Fatigue Paradox

Bernie Sanders broke up what was almost a fist fight between Markwayne Mullin and a testifying teamster during a Senate HELP hearing.
Bernie Sanders broke up what was almost a fist fight between Senator Markwayne Mullin and a testifying teamster during a Senate HELP hearing. Photo: Kent Nishimura/Getty Images
Abby Livingston
November 17, 2023

Tuesday marked yet another astonishing day on the Hill, with tempers flaring and schoolyard fights breaking out at both ends of the Capitol as Republicans embraced cartoonish name-calling and physical violence in their ranks. 

  • The spirit of Zell Miller lives on: House Oversight Chairman James Comer called Jared Moscowitz a smurf. Bernie Sanders broke up what was almost a fist fight between Markwayne Mullin and a testifying teamster during a Senate HELP hearing. And in front of an N.P.R. reporter, Kevin McCarthy elbowed Tim Burchett, who voted for him to be speaker six weeks ago. This is, increasingly, what we are beginning to call a regular Tuesday in Congress.