From Helms v. Kennedy to McConnell v. Warren: Massachusetts senators STILL won’t follow the rules

There’s been a lot of hubbub about the US Senate Republican takedown of Elizabeth Warren the other night for her smear of Jeff Sessions.  A friend and fellow Jesse Helms alumnus sent me the followingreminding us of Massachusetts’s long and proud tradition of sending screaming maniacal leftist blowhards, who refuse to learn or follow the rules, to the US Senate:

U.S. Senate Debate, M.L. King Holiday, Oct. 18, 1983, p. 28071,


Mr. KENNEDY. Mr. President, I

yield myself such time as I may use. Mr. President, I will respond to the

points made by the Senator from

North Carolina. First of all, the suggestion

by the Senator from North

Carolina that there have been no hearings on this issue is completely inaccurate

and false.

Mr. HELMS. Mr. President, a point

of order.

Mr. KENNEDY. Mr. President.


the Senator yield for a point of order?

Mr. KENNEDY. I do not yield the


Mr. President, I have in my hand

the sets of hearings held jointly by the

Senate Judiciary Committee and the

House Post Office and Civil Service

Committee on March 27, 1979, on June

21, 1979. These joint hearings were held on the issue of establishing a national holiday to honor Martin Luther


Mr. HELMS. Point of order.


of order is called for. Under rule XIX no Senator during debate shall directly

or indirectly by any form of words

impute to another Senator or to other

Senators any conduct or motive unworthy or unbecoming a Senator.

Mr. KENNEDY. Mr. President, the

statement of the Senator from North

Carolina is inaccurate. I do not impute

any motive to the Senator. I simply

say that his statement is inaccurate

and false. If the Chair wants to make a ruling, I have the hearings right

here in my hand.

If the Chair would like to examine

the hearings, the Chair is prepared to

do so.


rule XIX when a Senator is called to

order he shall take a seat and may not

proceed without leave of the Senate

which if granted shall be upon motion

that he be allowed to proceed in order,

which motion shall be determined

without debate.

Mr. KENNEDY. Mr. President, may

I continue?


there a motion to that effect?

Mr. KENNEDY. Mr. President,

these hearings were held with–

Mr. HELMS. Mr. President, regular



Senator will withhold.

Mr. HELMS. The Senator needs to

learn the rules.

*mic drop*

(If ONLY our current Senate delegation had even half of the cojones present THAT day …)

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