From NBC's Mike Viqueira
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said it's time for everyone, including Democrat Alan Grayson, to cool it.
"We have to have a debate that is not distracting" from what they are trying to accomplish in health care, she said, adding later, "The points have been made."
But she isn't calling on Grayson to apologize. Instead, she accuses Republicans of holding Grayson to a higher standard than they do their own members. Several accounts over the last 24 hours have noted similar rhetoric used by Republicans during the health-care debate.
A reporter at her weekly news conference was going through the whole Grayson litany as a prologue to a question. But when he got to "knuckle-dragging neanderthals," a quote from Grayson on MSNBC's Rachel Maddow Show late yesterday, Pelosi cut him off.
"Let's not go through all this," she said, exasperated. It came off as funny, and the room erupted in laughter.