American Sauce: love and hate at the Capitol
February 14th, 2011
02:27 PM ET
3 years ago

American Sauce: love and hate at the Capitol


Capitol Hill (CNN) – Washington is celebrating this Valentine’s Day by launching what may be the bloodiest, most eyeball-scratching and character-demeaning battle of the next year: the fight over spending.

So on this tricky holiday, we at American Sauce look at (and question) love and hate at the Capitol.  Things may not be quite as partisan as you think.  And, we pull off a semi-historical event: American Sauce brings together the modern-day kin of Charles Sumner and Preston Brooks. Who? If you don’t know, it’s quite a story.

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We are keeping this simple; perhaps the way St. Valentine intended things before greeting cards and dating websites made it nearly impossible to enjoy his holiday.

This week’s American Sauce has three parts:

How Much Hate and Love?: We look at exactly how partisan Congress is… or isn’t.  And we lay out some places of agreement.

Modern Men Dispel Civil War Hate: American Sauce found the modern day kin of Sen. Charles Sumner, R-New York, and Rep. Preston Brooks, D-South Carolina, the two men involved in the most infamous (and violent) partisan event in Congressional history. 150 Years later, two of their closest living blood relatives meet and give us perspective on what partisanship looks like five generations after the fact.

Political Dating Game: We introduce you to three new members of Congress to watch.

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  1. james Miller

    This battle over the budget will be a banner$$$$$ year for politicians campaign chests and a costly one for the lobbiests.

    February 14, 2011 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  2. Gaylon Barrow

    The budget battle won't be the biggest one. HILLARY CLINTON you ought to see now what you HAVE COMITTED YOURSELF FOR. You see how quickly Obama came out swinging at you after you announced that Egypt should take their time in reorganizing their government. Your interferring with his desires of the Muslim Brotherhood taking over. It is common knowledge that they are the only organized body AT PRESENT TO STEP IN AND TAKE CHARGE. GIVEN TIME THE GOVERNMENT MIGHT COULD COME UP WITH A DEMOCRATIC ONE, BUT NOW IT WOULD BE THE BROTHERHOOD. SO DISENGAE YOURSELF FROM THIS MONSTER AND GET PREPARED TO FIGHT FOR THE DEMOCRAT PRESIDENT NOMINATION. DON'T LET THIS MAN WHATEVER HE IS EVER RUN FOR A MAJOR POSITION AGAIN. WE CAN NOT STAND ANOTHER. YOU ARE THE ONE. HILLARY 2012

    February 14, 2011 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |