Congress is a full contact sport these days. If you had any doubts, just listen to what happened to Tim Burchett, a Representative from Tennessee who was giving an interview with NPR when former Speaker Kevin McCarthy apparently walked by and gave Burchett a shot in the kidneys. Burchett told his story to CNN on the steps of Congress not long after NPR's Claudia Grisales tweeted out her first hand account of the confrontation and resulting "chase."
First, here's Burchett telling Manu Raju what happened.
"Well, I was doing an interview with Claudia from NPR, a lovely lady, and when she was asking me a question at the time I got elbowed in the back and it kind of caught me off guard 'cause it was a clean shot to the kidneys. And I turned back and there was Kevin. For a minute I was - what the heck just happened - and then I chased after him of course. As I've stated many times he's a bully with $17 million and a security detail. You know, he's the type of guy that when you were a kid would throw a rock over the fence and then run home and hide behind his momma's skirt."
And here's Grisales account of McCarthy hitting Burchett and Burchett giving chase... and Grisales chasing after Burchett.
As Grisales mentions, Burchett is one of the Republicans that voted to oust McCarthy as Speaker, so it makes sense that there might be some animosity between them. However, this doesn't seem like behavior befitting one or two members of Congress, which actually makes perfect sense the way things are going lately.
Someone getting chased and repeatedly called a chicken after delivering a cheap shot elbow to someone's back sounds a lot more like something that would happen on a football field or basketball court than in the halls of Congress with reporters everywhere. Throw in the fact that these guys are both closing in on 60 and you've got to wonder when this kind of behavior actually ends.