Republicans tried to "take down" Congressman Anthony Weiner on the House floor today in a heated exchange that happened after Weiner called the Republican Party "a wholly owned subsidiary of the insurance industry."
The exchange took place during debate on a bill to lift the insurance industry's exemption from antitrust rules.
Republican Dan Lungren, sounding quite offended, invoked a little used House rule and demanded that Weiner's words "be taken down" -- as in stricken from the record.
Weiner, for a moment, appeared contrite, asking for his words to be amended. Though he had promised to "substitute other words", he resumed with an even more caustic attack -- and pretty much the exact same wording.
"Make no mistake about it. Every single Republican I have ever met in my entire life is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the insurance industry.
Listen for yourself.
The RNC hasn't yet responded.