OBJECTIONABLE BEHAVIOR…. Ah, the splendor of the American political process. Congressional Republicans, once again, making the country proud.

Members of the Democratic Women’s Caucus, at the outset of the debate over health care reform, took to the floor of the House of Representatives to highlight the health needs of American women, and the ways in which reform is necessary. House Republicans decided not to let them speak.

Whenever one of the lawmakers would come to the microphone, Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.) would simply say, over and over again, in response to nothing, “I object, I object, I object.”

It was a procedural gag order at its most inane.

Rep. Mary Jo Kilroy (D-Ohio) asked, “Do I not have the right to be able to continue my sentence without objections that are trying to censor my remarks here on the floor that I have a right to make as a member of this House?”

Apparently not.

It’s going to be a long day.

Steve Benen

Follow Steve on Twitter @stevebenen. Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.