In a discussion about redistricting in Texas on the October 30 edition of CNN's The Capital Gang, nationally syndicated columnist and CNN host Robert D. Novak, a regular panelist on the show, called Texas Democrats "scumbags":
MARK SHIELDS (Capital Gang moderator): Would you be willing to take the Iowa system to Texas? I mean to make the Iowa system, where it's drawn absolutely fairly? I mean, whatever you say about Iowa, those are fair districts.
NOVAK: Sure. Sure. I mean, your people have been down there as scumbags -- wait a minute.
SHIELDS: Hey, hey, hey, back off.
NOVAK: All right. All right. All right. All right.
ALBERT R. HUNT (Washington editor of The Wall Street Journal and Capital Gang panelist): Bob, this is the first time you have ever gone along with anything that was Iowan. I am so pleased that you've seen --
NOVAK: No, but I mean they have been terrible down there in having a Democratic gerrymander, and now that there's a payback, you're whining.
SHIELDS: Your people. Your people. Next on Capital Gang ...