Posted: 3:16 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013
By Richard Thompson
Your mom always told you that violence never solved anything. But after all the failed negotiation efforts and political posturing of members of Congress, maybe a classic throwdown wouldn’t be such a bad idea. A Congressional Fight Club, if you will.
We know that many of you out there have probably entertained the thought of a couple congressmen going at each other, cage match style. Here are a few congressional fight match-ups that we’d certainly love to see go down.
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.)
Why it’s a good match-up: Two big name senators representing the west coast.
Projected winner: John McCain. Both former amateur boxers, McCain and Reid would put on quite the show. But McCain’s impressive military career proves he has that vital intangible to really take a beating and keep coming back.
Rep. Darrel Issa (R-Ca.) Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.)
Why it’s a good match-up: Issa and Cummings have become heated rivals during the congressional investigation of the IRS scandal.
Projected winner: Darrel Issa. Issa’s multiple criminal charges (car theft and carrying a concealed weapon) give him street smarts to come out on top.
Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio)
Why it’s a good match-up: Schumer has been scathingly critical of Boehner during these last few months.
Projected winner: John Boehner. Boehner just looks like he could really throw down if need be.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) Rep. Steny Hoyer (R-Md.)
Why it’s a good match-up: Both Hoyer and Cruz have been known for their stirring speeches on the floor.
Projected winner: Steny Hoyer. When it comes down to it, Cruz seems like he’s all talk.
Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.)
Why it’s a good match-up: Though King and Paul are both Republicans, they represent very divided wings within the party.
Projected winner: Rand Paul. Paul’s superior athleticism and strong convictions give him the advantage over King’s New York sensibilities.