During today’s House Budget Committee hearing, Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) repeatedly invoked the “Democrat Party” while questioning Office of Management and Budget director Peter Orszag. Immediately following Hensarling’s time, Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) took him to task for using the purposefully-disparaging moniker, reminding him that no such party exists:
I’d like to begin by saying to my colleague from Texas that there isn’t a single member on this side of the aisle that belongs to the “Democrat Party.” We belong to the Democratic Party. So the party you were referring to doesn’t even exist. And I would just appreciate the courtesy when you’re referring to our party, if you’re referring to the Democratic Party, to refer to it as such.
Last week, MSNBC host Chris Matthews took Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) for referring to the “Democrat Congress.” “Do we have to do this every night? Why do people talk like this?” Matthews asked with exasperation, adding, “Let’s just call people what they call themselves.”