There has been a lot of anxiety among Democratic House members over the last couple of days.
Congresswoman and DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz used her time at the podium to attack Congressman and fellow Floridian Allen West, after he had left the chamber.
"The gentleman from Florida, who represents thousands of Medicare beneficiaries, as do I, is supportive of this plan that would increase costs for Medicare beneficiaries. Unbelievable from a member from south Florida."
Unhappy about this personal attack behind his back, West sent an e-mail to the Congresswoman and other House members calling her out on it.
Among other things, he was calling her "the most vile, unprofessional and despicable" member of the House.
This has left Democrats in Congress confused and hurt. They did not realize that a Republican was supposed to respond to attacks by a Democrat. This had never happened before and they don't like it, it made them feel uncomfortable.
They, of course, were careful about how they responded. They trotted out the Congressional Black Caucus to help them because he's, you know, black. They would not want to be seen publicly disagreeing with a black man, this could be viewed as racist.
They are so upset they are now asking for campaign funds to try to defeat him next year. I mean, we can't have these uppity Republicans talking back to Democrats. Next thing you know, they'll want to vote in elections.