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Republicans denounce racist and anti-gay slurs

By Matt DeLong

Following reports yesterday that black and openly gay Democratic lawmakers were subjected to spitting and epithets from anti-health care reform protesters outside the Capitol, Republican leaders said Sunday that the incidents were "isolated" and "reprehensible."

On CNN's "State of the Union," Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.) denounced the use of such slurs "in the strongest terms."

House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio), said on NBC's "Meet the Press" that the "isolated incidents" were "reprehensible."

Later on the same program, Michael Steele, the Republican National Committee's first black chairman, agreed that the incidents were "reprehensible," and added, "we do not support that."

"What you had out there yesterday were a handful of people who just got stupid and said some ignorant things," Steele said.

Not all Republicans were so quick to condemn. Roll Call reports that Reps. Steve King (R-Iowa) and Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) both downplayed the incidents.

"I just don't think it's anything," King said. "There are a lot of places in this country that I couldn't walk through. I wouldn't live to get to the other end of it." He added that health-care supporters were "embellishing" the story to undermine the opposition.

"When you use a totalitarian tactics, people, you know, begin to act crazy," Nunes said on CSPAN. "I think that people have every right to say what they want. If they want to smear someone, they can do it." He said the epithets were "not appropriate" but that the whole crowd shouldn't be characterized by the behavior of a few members.

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I would venture to say that we are frightening close to a one-party system if the Republican Party doesn't step up to the plate and start representing their constituents. I would also say that this Health care stink may well be the Republicans' "Waterloo." Just sayin'.

Posted by: dakotahgeo | March 23, 2010 4:34 PM | Report abuse

I was not a bit surprised by these fringe lunatic Republican action groups. It was like watching the ranting and ravings of the 1979 anti-American demonstrations in Iran, but right here in our own backyard. An embarrassment to the world at best, and how low we've tumbled as a nation at worst.

Posted by: thomtampa | March 23, 2010 3:30 PM | Report abuse

There are a lot of hopefuls out there who are cocksure that the Dems will get clobbered in the next election because "a majority" of Americans are supposedly against the health care bill. Take a look at where the votes came from through this link to the New York Times that shows the congressional districts and how their representatives voted:

http://politics.nytimes.com/congress/votes/111/house/2/165?ref=policy

It's clear that the areas with the greatest population are for the bill. It's the usual red/blue divide. Now Obama needs to keep these areas supporting his policies. If he does that, and tonight's bill was a great first step, then the Dems will win the next election and Obama his second term in 2012.

Posted by: RichardHode | March 22, 2010 10:09 AM | Report abuse

I've watched Rep Nunes in two different interviews tonight, and he comes across as a racist fool doing the "are you going to believe me, or believe your own eyes?" thing, blaming this hideous conduct by teabaggers on -- get this -- parliamentary manouevers -- as if any one of those folks understands the legislative process in the least.

Rep Peter King, also a Republican, comes across just as badly here:

http://www.rollcall.com/news/44466-1.html

I am horrified that Representative John Lewis, a real American hero, had to put up with their foul mouths, but I am glad the teabaggers have come right out and displayed on camera what REALLY motivates their visceral, unreasoning hatred of Democrats and of the Obama administration: plain old-fashioned racism.

Very few of the younger generation of white Americans share the race-based fear and loathing some of their parents display at these mob displays.

Here are last week's teapartiers on the record, being asked about the bill and about their beliefs. The questions are respectful, but the answers are (inadvertently) hysterically funny.

http://www.youtube.com/v/pilG7PCV448

Posted by: ankhorite | March 22, 2010 3:53 AM | Report abuse

The House is passing health care reform. That's all that matters now. America wins, Republicans and Teabaggers lose. End of story.

Posted by: lydgate | March 21, 2010 9:01 PM | Report abuse

What do you mean,"they apologized." Nunes went out on the capitol steps and blamed in ot the democrats for not letting the Republicans have their way and Republican Congressmen and women were out there inciting the crowd.They didn't apologize. How can you apologize and then do those things. that is not an apology. That is what they have become as a party.

Posted by: majorteddy | March 21, 2010 8:42 PM | Report abuse

Slurs? I wouldn't expect any better from this pack of livestock calling themselves the "Tea Party". They're just the next generation of fearmongering bigots in America, and they too will be on the wrong side of history.

Posted by: fbutler1 | March 21, 2010 8:33 PM | Report abuse

garak, if you've got video or audio of the slurs, post it. But if it doesn't exist, then you're just another gullible doofus. I don't doubt that your baseball bat does your talking for you, it has a higher IQ.

Posted by: ThisIsReality | March 21, 2010 8:33 PM | Report abuse

As I said before this isn't 1960. Some of these JERKS need to be HANDLE in a special way.

Posted by: access11 | March 21, 2010 8:32 PM | Report abuse

As a Democrat, I am glad that Republicans John Boehner, Mike Pence and Michael Steele have repudiated the spitting and epithets with which some protesters greeted Democratic members of Congress. Many people have strong feelings about the health care legislation, and about what they perceive to be its implications. This is a free country, and they have the right to express their views publicly and vigorously, so long as they do so peacefully. It is profoundly wrong and destructive, however, for citizens to assault members of Congress, or to assail their personal identities in bigoted terms, rather than criticizing legislative proposals or policies they may support. There are not many things that I agree with John Boehner, Mike Pence or Michael Steele about, but they did the right thing in repudiating these actions, and it was important for our country that they do so. I thank them for having the decency to do so, and I ask fellow Democrats to recognize and acknowledge this.

Posted by: 02Pete | March 21, 2010 8:32 PM | Report abuse

There were no slurs? Sure, and Hitler didn't kill 6 million Jews.

Spit on this liberal and my aluminum baseball bat will do the talking. Hey, where's teabagger cross burning tomorrow? I'd love to go.

Posted by: Garak | March 21, 2010 8:26 PM | Report abuse

This story is a lie. There were no such slurs. There is video of the congressmen's passage thru the crowd and no slurs were shouted. This story was concocted by lying Democrats, who knew that their gullible public would be fooled.

Posted by: ThisIsReality | March 21, 2010 8:14 PM | Report abuse

There is no proof that those yelling slurs, if it happened, were not plants from the left. Do not worry about this folks.

Remember, it's ok for the left to yell "old white men" (clearly a racial slur) at the right. They have already done this.

Do not worry about this folks.

The revolution to run Obama out of town in November 2012 is far more important. Channel your anger into patience. The resolve to oust Hugo Obama will be deafening by its silence.
.

Posted by: hz9604 | March 21, 2010 8:13 PM | Report abuse

Ever since Henry II cried "Who will rid me of this meddlesome priest" prior to the murder of Thomas Becket, politicians have whipped mobs into a frenzy for their own purposes while trying to deny their responsibility for the natural and foreseeable consequences of their rabble-rousing. A summer of lies, half-truths and brown shirt tactics reminiscent of the Weinmar Republic, have been used by the Tea Party/Republican Party to gain political advantage. To suggest that they are not responsible for these outbursts by the more extreme elements of their coalition is silly -- Mr. Steele: you need to stop winking and smirking when now trying to distance yourself from those making these remarks while retaining their support. P.S. Henry II was held responsible, as your party will be.

Posted by: Freeman72 | March 21, 2010 8:05 PM | Report abuse

These people are just rednecks acting like Republicans or is it Republicans acting like rednecks? Ah heck, what's the difference? They are all rubbish.

Posted by: 51DegreesNorth | March 21, 2010 8:02 PM | Report abuse

This incident never happened. CNN and the Dems made this up. It figures the losers in Republican party would take ownership by denouncing it. I cannot wait until Obama is forced to resign. Can't wait, can't wait, can't wait...

Posted by: ClevelandCon | March 21, 2010 5:39 PM | Report abuse
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Do me a favor ClevelandCon - will you hold your breath until it happens? Please?

Posted by: AlexVa1 | March 21, 2010 7:53 PM | Report abuse

Guilty until proven innocent??

Oh, sure! Some idiot politician thinks they hear something. Then all hell breaks loose.

Sharpen your pitchforks and soak the torches!! A revolution is coming and DC doesn't even know it!

Posted by: FairTaxEd | March 21, 2010 7:53 PM | Report abuse

I would bet that the racial slurs were plants from ACORN, or some like liberal organization. The Tea Party protestors aren't doing this because of race, contrary to what the LSM is trying to put out. The people against Obamacare are the same ones, plus some, who were against Clintoncare. The only difference between the coverage the LSM gave Clintoncare and Obamacare is, this time, they want to paint everyone that's against it as a racist.

Everyone knows that, once the Hitler signs come out, you've lost your credibility. Once you start with the racial slurs, you've lost the argument. The Tea Party people are not out to lose their credibility so the only option is that plants are there.

I believe that, were this the other way around, the Washington Post would figure out who those people were and question them. Of course they won't so, perhaps it's time for Breitbart to do the media's job for them again.

Posted by: bflat879 | March 21, 2010 7:40 PM | Report abuse

Shame on the GOP for throwing their paid tea party supporters under the bus after all they have done to help them spread lies and hate over the healthcare bill.Shame Shame Shame!

Posted by: smorrow | March 21, 2010 7:37 PM | Report abuse

Why are Republicans apologizing for the racists slurs their progeny have directed toward blacks and Jews? This pathetic effort just adds hypocrisy to the long list of their moral failings. These racists are the children you bred, gave birth to and nourished and taught and are the direct results of your example. You should be proud of these emotionally and ethically crippled children your labors have brought forth. You have taught them well and encouraged them at every turn. One has only to watch the House at this moment to understand where the hatred and sick mentality of these poor, dim-witted Right-wing throw-backs is coming from. Am I condescending? Of course I am. How can I be otherwise? What a sorry lot you are.

Posted by: m_richert | March 21, 2010 7:29 PM | Report abuse

Rep. King is from Iowa's 5th Congressional District. I checked and there are two Democratic candidates running in the primary for his seat in Congress. If Representative King is so sure about his positon on the way his "tea baggers" treated his Congressional colleagues and his postion on health care he should have no trouble debating his potential opponents. How about calling his office 202-225-4426 and encouraging him to stand up for himself and his tea baggers and challenge his opponents to a public debate on those issues.

Posted by: 2incorrigible | March 21, 2010 7:26 PM | Report abuse

For all the dittoheads demanding to see video before they can believe these incidents of racist heckling, one might well respond, "Show me some videotape of this Jesus you say you love so much ...."

Posted by: HughBriss | March 21, 2010 6:59 PM | Report abuse

I think the denunciation is a little late, and if we're lucky it's too late to save the Republican party. The tea partiers and birthers have no new ideas. They only repeat what they hear from Limbaugh, Beck, et al, and they and their "leaders" are strongly associated with expressing Republican views. In other words, they're mean-spirited, hate-filled, and ignorant. That's grounds for a Democratic landslide if you ask me.

Posted by: jlhare1 | March 21, 2010 6:53 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Thinker_

dont need some crappy video.

you rotten scumbags are the same who came out to cheer McCain and Palin. I cannot wait until your corpses litter the earth. You disgusting deposits of DNA cannot perish from the planet fast enough for many of us.

You were "raised" by racist and ignorant animals of reproduction. Not mothered, but reared in places of isolation and festering stupidity.

Unfortunately, that makes you weak, and dispensable. So, we all await your extinction... and take your ancient ideas with you.

And your Chinese made red white and blue clothing, too, you baboons.

-------------------------------------------

THINKER ????????????????

You want to see a racist, "baboon" - it's as close as a mirror.

I suspect your next step up the corporate ladder is to the wash up sink at a dinner in Queens somewhere. Keep plugging though. McDonalds may just accept you as a sweeper apprendice in a foreign country.

I apologize to baboons - they have a brain. If one said you had the intellect of a turnip, one would have to apologize to root vegetable.

Take your hate and stick it!!!!!! You are a loser. You will always be a loser. I honestly predict for you a future life in welfare - probabnly a penetentiary .somewhere.

Posted by: armagedon | March 21, 2010 6:32 PM | Report abuse

It's quite disgusting to hear and see Republicans denouncing behavior, which they support and encourage. I'm sure there were no liberals in the concave of morons from whence these low-life individuals appeared and engaged in their sub-human behavior. To me, they represent the true character of the Republican Party, which has concentrated solely on obstructing President Obama's agenda, rather than lifting a finger to help the country out of the mess created by them.

Posted by: Caliguy55 | March 21, 2010 6:32 PM | Report abuse

Please notice that those "handful of people" were ALL republicans, tea partiers, and dittoheads.

Also notice, they were all just parroting what republican politicians and spokesmen have been saying all along "in the strongest terms".

Embellish THIS !

Posted by: seattle_wa | March 21, 2010 6:24 PM | Report abuse

If given the opportunity, I wouldn't hesitate to spit in most of the GOP's hats. They have lied to the American people and figuratively spit on us all. We can only hope the bums get voted OUT.

Posted by: prwolfe | March 21, 2010 6:23 PM | Report abuse

It's quite disgusting to hear and see Republicans denouncing behavior, which they support and encourage. I'm sure there were no liberals in the concave of morons from whence these low-life individuals appeared and engaged in their sub-human behavior. To me, they represent the true character of the Republican Party, which has concentrated solely on obstructing President Obama's agenda, rather than lifting a finger to help the country out of the mess created by them.

Posted by: Caliguy55 | March 21, 2010 6:23 PM | Report abuse

"Totalitarian tactics?" God, we put up with Bush/Cheney for eight years and I didn't hear Democrats calling out slurs against Texans and megalomaniacs. Without the Republicans whipping people into a frenzy over non-issues and prevailing on their fears, Bush wouldn't have won two elections.

Posted by: djmolter | March 21, 2010 6:02 PM | Report abuse

When I clicked "Report abuse" to try to get the moderator to delete the multiple poster, I get this response:
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Posted by: jimfoxvog | March 21, 2010 5:51 PM | Report abuse

This incident never happened. CNN and the Dems made this up. It figures the losers in Republican party would take ownership by denouncing it. I cannot wait until Obama is forced to resign. Can't wait, can't wait, can't wait...

Posted by: ClevelandCon | March 21, 2010 5:39 PM | Report abuse

The Tea Party Movement are the what is left of the GOP. The undereducated, red meat racists who are too afraid to wear their sheets and pointy hats in public.

This is the current day GOP. RACIST REDNECKS.

Posted by: lenegal77 | March 21, 2010 5:34 PM | Report abuse

I dont need some crappy video.

you rotten scumbags are the same who came out to cheer McCain and Palin. I cannot wait until your corpses litter the earth. You disgusting deposits of DNA cannot perish from the planet fast enough for many of us.

You were "raised" by racist and ignorant animals of reproduction. Not mothered, but reared in places of isolation and festering stupidity.

Unfortunately, that makes you weak, and dispensable. So, we all await your extinction... and take your ancient ideas with you.

And your Chinese made red white and blue clothing, too, you baboons.

Posted by: Thinker_ | March 21, 2010 5:31 PM | Report abuse


Capital Police made NO ARREST

'Mr. Cleaver's office reportedly said Capitol Police arrested the protester, but his office did not press charges. However, Sgt. Kimberly Schneider of the U.S. Capitol Police said in an e-mail to the L.A. Times, "We did not make any arrests today."'

Posted by: screwjob11 | March 21, 2010 5:25 PM | Report abuse

Correction, Nunes (HISpanic), and for the record, I'd make him and Sam Nunn do eachother.

How can they condemn what they are paying to stoke? Are you kidding me? Palin? Beck? Limbaugh?

What's the difference? They're all on the same payroll. Talk about traitors to your own country. They'd sell their mothers for a big fat Hannity sized paycheck.

I cannot wait till the Revolution comes. Keep wearing out the Red White and Blue. Why don't you dress up as Jesus the next time your grandstanding on public property and spitting at people. Or better yet, God. Go as God, in Red White and Blue, of course.

Bunch of weirdos. And Lose weight, you fat slobs. Why are all the red white and blue wearers always white, frantic, illiterate, and FAT? Get off your couch, fat ladies. And start singing. Because it is OVER.

Obama won and IS STILL WINNING. 20,000 is NOBODY.

Sorry.

Nobody.

Posted by: Thinker_ | March 21, 2010 5:24 PM | Report abuse

Sam Nunn? As in Samantha?

THAT guy is in the closet. Sorry to tell all you Republicans out there, but I'd have good little Sammy lickin' balls without twisting his meek little arm.

And "totalitarian tactics" doesn't explain spitting on people and calling them slurs. If that were the case, Cheney and Bush would have drowned in spit.

I'd like to bash this Nunn pansy's head in just for trying to justify it. I bet he'd change his weak tune after a hook to the temple.

Posted by: Thinker_ | March 21, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse

How do we know this is even true? The Dems through these terms around so much these days that it's just another card in their victim playbook.

Posted by: bandmom22 | March 21, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Clyburn and Lewis called the Clintons racist. They are Obama's race card players and henchmen.

Wonder why Hillary got appointed SOS and Bill is an adviser to Obama. Bet no one touches that?

Posted by: bnw173 | March 21, 2010 5:14 PM | Report abuse

I'm confused, I thought being a racist or, at the very least, anti-gay was a requirement to be in the Republican party !?!?

Posted by: todd@toddmoniot.com | March 21, 2010 5:13 PM | Report abuse


Why did these black caucus members cut across the grounds in front of thousands of protesters instead of using the convenient tunnel between the buildings. Are they that stupid, Same for Barney. I would like to know the names of all the fools.

Maybe the went outside too get a tan?

Posted by: bnw173 | March 21, 2010 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Did the Capitol Police arrest anyone? Have there been any charges filed? Can we see the police report? What are the facts surrounding these deplorable charges?

Posted by: d1carter | March 21, 2010 5:08 PM | Report abuse

ohioan wrote:
The Tea Party is a party of TAXPAYERS.
The operative word is TAXPAYERS. In any
group this huge, there will be a few misbehave. But, in comparision, I remember what the blacks did to Hillary Clinton during the campaign. She was called names that I'll never forget, and lies and rumor were spread, only so they could get Obama elected.
People misbehave from both parties.
+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

You're so right. That is why I couldn't vote for Obama. He used these same henchmen, Clyburn, Lewis, Pootoff etc. to smear the Clintons as racist while he tried to raise himself above the "fray". That is until he threw his grandmother under the bus as a typical white racist and also called those small town workers "gun totin, religious fanatic racist".

Clyburn and Lewis are bad to use the race card. As with the Clintons, only as political assassination. Why would I believe them this time. Man, Obamanuts called Hillary a murderer in the primary.
I think Clyburn and Lewis lie.

Wonder why Obama would appoint a racist Sec. of State and use Bill as an adviser?
How about them apples.

One dumba**ed poster, the only one to touch that, said it was like family. So I guess I can call them anything I want too as I was A Dem for 52 years. Yeah right?

Posted by: bnw173 | March 21, 2010 5:00 PM | Report abuse

jb4550 wrote: "You coloreds and fairies who have posted here better get used to more and more militant WHITE PEOPLE!"

This heterosexual white male thinks you're a disgrace to your race and your country.

Posted by: Chip_M | March 21, 2010 4:57 PM | Report abuse

I was one of the thousands of concerned Americans who went to the trouble and expense of attending the rally yesterday. As anyone can see from the pictures, it was a crowd. I couldn't even see the speakers. When I moved to a higher vantage point, all I could see were the heads of the speakers because of the people crowded all around. The whole trip to D.C. was an inconvenience, but Americans need to stand up and be counted, so I was glad to be there. Now, what do I see being reported by the media? Why, we learn that somewhere, somehow, two black Democrat politicians managed to get close to the crowd. And guess what? One of these politicians reported that the crowd insulted and spit at the other politician! We don't have much of the details, but what the heck, let's go with it. And this is our "news" media.

Posted by: allamer1 | March 21, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Let's see. 95% of blacks voted for a black candidate for President. The same 95% who voted for a black candidate in the Dem primaries, against the WHITE wife of the "first black president" (words of black leaders). Today 95% of blacks still support the most corrupt, incompetant, race baiting, low IQ idiot to ever reside in and therefore defile the White House. And according to The Rev Al Sharpton (Rev/ - who's made his millions conning who?) says that is not racism - but if you criticize or disagree with the "(self) Anointed One", that is based on racism.

Well wake up. The average American out there who was willing to look the other way on the behaviour of blacks (their violent anti authority rap crap, their tendency to violence, their almost complete lack of morality (crime rates, incarceration rates, single parenthood rates, drug use rates,low education rates, etc, etc, etc), and now their indefensible, racist support for this piece of sludge, and their screaming racist at every non black out their who does not support the "black Messiah" has finally taken its toll.

Race relations (as I personally warned during the election campaign- not because I am more intelligent - just because it was just so OBVIOUS what would happen) have gone BACKWARDS 50 years. Racial tolerance for blck racist behaviour has disipated. Look for more outburst like this.

Violent confrontation may not be far off.

I have lived and worked worldwide amongst most racial groups. Discrimination exists in all racial groups. It is a festering sore in most of those groups. It is an epidemic in the US Black population. American Blacks are singularly the most racist group on Earth - to the point that it is now pathological Arab hatred of jews is the onny other instance that comes close.

I personally despise American Blacks (as a group, not as individuals), not because of their colour (I have raised and sponsered many diverse "coloured" children) but because of who and what they have become. If you are black and want to see racism firsthand - look no further than a mirror.

Racial epithets and slurs. After tolerating WHITE slurs from blacks for 50 years - sad to say, but expect more.

Posted by: armagedon | March 21, 2010 4:50 PM | Report abuse

mlipsius -- I don't think you really know what intimidation is. To equate the Tea Partiers' peaceful assembly for redress of grievances, guaranteed by our Constitution, with the Kristallnicht is a bit of a reach. If you want to know who the real Nazis are, be aware that Hitler and his crew took an inordinate interest in healthcare, and many of his solutions are in the bill today. Am I reaching too far? Time will tell.

Posted by: unclesmrgol | March 21, 2010 4:50 PM | Report abuse

Aren't these teabaggers (and certain members of the GOP) the exact same people who pulled (or threatened to) their children out of school when Obama gave his education speech because they just knew Obama was going to push a socialist agenda? LOL. We're sadly dealing with an hysteria-prone group of deluded people, so scared that the more they look around them and realize all the faces aren't lily white anymore, they don't know how to react. They are stuck back in the 40s and 50s, firmly drinking from the ignorance trough time and time again. They would be worthy of pity if some of them weren't potentially dangerous.

Posted by: woebegoner | March 21, 2010 4:49 PM | Report abuse


Who are these left wing fascists who want to censor the opinions of others?

Posted by: screwjob11 | March 21, 2010 4:49 PM | Report abuse

I would suggest that the moderators of this board remove the posts of jb4550 (4:30 pm) and Sparky15 (4:28 PM). There is free speech and there is inciting to hatred spewings. These posters are uttering threats and degradations. Keep it civil and display a semblance of reasoned thought.

Posted by: 10emlet | March 21, 2010 4:46 PM | Report abuse

Having reviewed the video of the encounter multiple times, and having heard absolutely no words in the encounter other than "kill the bill", I think the racism is coming not from the Tea Partiers, but from their accusers, including several here.

Posted by: unclesmrgol | March 21, 2010 4:45 PM | Report abuse

The Tea Baggers actually reveal the true soul of the Republican Party---the GOP of today is actually a reincarnation of the American NAZI party. Look back at the history of Nazi fifth columnists in Europe pre-World War II as well as the activities of the German-American Bund organizations in this country in the 1930s. In all of the cases, the Nazi's and their sympathizers attempted to undermine the rule of law with their intimidation tactics. In Europe, they succeeded. In this country they failed then and they will fail today.

Posted by: mlipsius | March 21, 2010 4:39 PM | Report abuse

Republicans denounce reprehensible behavior by some of their teabaggers? Since when? Look at the horrible things that have been said by the likes of Rush Limbaugh, Anne Coulter, Glen Beck, Sarah Palin, to name just a few. Yet I never saw anyone from the GOP rush to disassociate themselves from these people, come forward and say they disagree with the hate spewed by these people. Since the presidential election run between McCain and Obama, the GOP has given tacit approval to the uglier of their supporters simply by remaining mute. Which makes me think they are in full agreement. GOP the party of No? No, I would call them the party of hate, the party of divisiveness. Haven't different members said they would refuse to engage in any kind of bipartisanship with Obama on any issue? They don't care about the American people; they care only about regaining power. How stupid do people have to be NOT to get that? Or is that really the aim of the GOP and Republicans in general? One nation, *divided*? Between the silly death panel rumors (that no GOPer rushed to dispute), to them trying to scare Americans that the govt will come between them and their doctors if this reform passes (something that has long been happening thanks to the INSURANCE industry, which comes between doctor and patient). They threaten you with how govt wants to take over, yet I don't see anyone complaining about their Social Security, Medicare. Anyone rushing to give either of those up? I don't see anyone condemning the Obama administration for his repeatedly extending unemployment benefits, lessening the percentage of Cobra coverage the unemployed have to pay. I don't see anyone who ever benefited from a Pell Grant (which is "free" money from the govt) willing to reimburse the govt for any Pell Grant money they received. What I *do* see is a GOP that simply excels at taking advantage of less bright people, those who easily fall for the bumper sticker philosophy and sound bites of the Republican party. Republicans have had no problem using reconciliation and deem and pass when it suited them. Or implementing massive programs (like Bush's Welfare legislation a few years ago or the Iraq war) with apparently no means of paying for them. Or the Patriot Act whittling away at certain rights. You all simply sit up on your hind legs and bark for more of the same, I guess because it came from the Republican party? In which case, you should reap what you sow. It's just a shame the rest of us may have to pay the price too for your hypocrisy and what you all refuse to see as hypocrisy. And we wonder why this country is no longer THE superpower. When are people going to wake up?

Posted by: woebegoner | March 21, 2010 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Reprehensible? Yes. Isolated? No. More thoughtful Republicans must be shuddering inwardly at what has been unleashed, especially if they thought for one minute that they could control a mob. Give us a break. I don´t particularly like many of the items in the health bill, but it has become now more an issue of being for something that people I don´t like and even find contemptuous, such as Armey, Bachmann, Steele, Beck, et al, are against. What a way to run a democracy.

Posted by: Aquarius1 | March 21, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

campaignman ~ you posted the same CR*P twice. Once was more than enough.

Even that old commie woman Slaughter now says "attempted" ~ which means THERE WAS NO SPITTING ON ANYBODY.

There are no pictures. There's no audio. There's no video. There's no cooboration.

IT DIDN'T HAPPEN.

All you are doing is targeting yourself as part of Eric Holder's DOJ sponsored internet harrassment team.

Call home ~ tell Eric it ain't working ~ people know the truth now.

I'm sure he's got some other junk you'd like you to be doing ~ maybe going out and shooting some babies ~ something you'd like I am sure.

Posted by: muawiyah | March 21, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

"When these actions took place, the Tea Party folks around them didn't call them out and shun them"

It wasn't necessary as it appears the congressman had a "senior moment" and remember things that didn't happen. There was no spitting. There was no arrest. There was no charges to drop. There was no racial slurs. Nothing. It was all. Ummmm. Remembered in a way that didn't happen.

"A lot of people are missing the point here"

Apparently that's true.

Posted by: Ombudsman1 | March 21, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Republicans racist?
Really?
They are the ones that also think that the tea baggers are not racist.
Republicans when the mike and the camera are on they denounce. In their little meetings they call us ..............
The hood is on Republicans.
Now everybody knows why the health care was a problem. Because of the black President. We the white elephants wil not allow that and I quote Boehner " never, ever, ever, ever". And who can forget Pence.
A sad little insignificant bunch!

Posted by: cecil3 | March 21, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse

I would really like if anyone can point out any country that would willingly give itself up to be taken over by another people.

No?

Because that is EXACTLY what is happening in America.

You coloreds and fairies who have posted here better get used to more and more militant WHITE PEOPLE!

Posted by: jb4550 | March 21, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Memo to Barney: Please take your *partners* inside the house and don't do it in public view - a*hole getting bigger!.

Posted by: Sparky15 | March 21, 2010 4:28 PM | Report abuse

What do you expect from the racist, brainless redneck idiots that make up this constituency.

Posted by: Impeachbush99 | March 21, 2010 4:28 PM | Report abuse

They will denounce them, but they will not knowingly continue to enjoy the favorable for them lack of rational dialouge it creates. If everyone stays angry the actual issues and true positions get lost in the din. This favors republicans since their positions are generally pro-corporation and anti-people and such activity allows this to get less notice. Therefore they will denounce but not discourage.

Posted by: jmdziuban1 | March 21, 2010 4:28 PM | Report abuse

There's still no evidence any of this happened.

Leftwingtards are terribly gullible.

Posted by: muawiyah | March 21, 2010 4:27 PM | Report abuse

So, what do Republican leaders, John the flacid Boner & Oily Eric Cantor, call these deranged, white trash, racist Tea Bag freaks? Their base...

Posted by: shiva7 | March 21, 2010 4:17 PM | Report abuse

When those who practice white supremacy, resort to lack of self control their base instincts take over. They feel their genetic survival is being threatened.

Posted by: demtse | March 21, 2010 4:16 PM | Report abuse


When those who practice white supremacy, resort to lack of self control their base instincts take over. They feel their genetic survival is being threatened.

Posted by: demtse | March 21, 2010 4:15 PM | Report abuse

This is not the 1% spoiling it for the rest.
This isn't even the 50% spoiling.
This is 100% of the all white, almost all middle aged, Christian Dominionist Oathkeeper traitors revealing their true motivation and their only true calling.
Homophobic racists united.
This is why Stormfront and the Republican party have been funding these goons.
Glad to see that they could only muster a few hundred lackeys this time around.
After the less than 30,000 for the April 15 march, I thought these people might be serious.
Obviously not.
But the repig party is now tied to them. Make sure every Democrat being attacked by the Repigs plays these ranting homophobic racist's comments and screams on every TV and radio channel, day and night.

Posted by: mykmlr | March 21, 2010 4:15 PM | Report abuse

Isolated incidents? I doubt it. Ever wonder why the Tea Party is exclusively white?

Posted by: JohnDoug | March 21, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Lets face the FACTS: Republicans (Reagan, Bush, Gingritch, Beck, Limbaugh, Bachman, Demint, etc. etc. ) have been and are utter complete lunatics.

To be exact what this means is that Republicans are paid agents of Rich & Big corporations (Big Pharma, Big Insurance, Big Military, Big Banks, etc. aka Wall Street Gang) and as such they have been part of one of the Ultimate Con Jobs in the history of man kind, perpetrated on the American people, for the last many decades. The purpose of which Con Job are the following 2 Key objectives:
1- To give American people as little as possible for the Taxes that we pay,
2- To enable the Rich & Big corporations (Big Pharma, Big Insurance, Big Banks, etc.) to get as rich as they can off
the back of the American middle class (people) by not having the Government (of the People by the People for the People)
regulate what they can do for the benefit of the People, such as have Universal nationalized health care, as all Europeans have, Canadians have, Israelis have, Chinese have, etc. or as we have Universal nationalized Military, Police, Fire, etc. etc.

And to get away with this Ultimate Con Job, Republicans have been saying any insane thing, any lunatic thing, no matter how senseless and illogical, such as:
1- "Government cannot do anything..."
2- "Government is the problem not the solution..."
etc. etc.
After all, if "Government cannot do anything..." then:
1- Why the HEK are we paying about 40% of our income in various form of Taxes*?
2- Are you saying that we should operate the US Military, Police, Fire, Courts of law, etc. etc. on private basis?

Now to be complete, many Democrats are just as paid agents of Wall Street gang as are the Republicans, and thus appropriately should be called Republicrats. And that is why it is 2010 and US still does not have something as essential and basic as Universal Nationalized Health care, something that ALL Europeans, Canadian, Israeli's, Chinese, Japanese, etc. have, something that would SAVE the American people (and thus Government) $1Trillion per year while providing every American with health care for the Taxes that we (already) pay.

Much more here:
http://anoox.com/blog/Real_News.34034

Posted by: RealNews1 | March 21, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Tea Party you left your Klan clothes at home, great job President Obama, this country needs health care. Health Care cannot be only for the poor. Presidant do worry about Tea Party, they did not vote you anyway.

Posted by: nativeva1 | March 21, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse


Now even the Dims admit that nobody spit on lying weasel race-baiter Emanuel Cleaver.

Louse Slaughter on the floor of the House just said "somebody ATTEMPTED To spit on Cleaver".

In other words Cleaver made up the story out of whole cloth.


No arrest either. And no video.

Posted by: screwjob11 | March 21, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse

A lot of people are missing the point here. When these actions took place, the Tea Party folks around them didn't call them out and shun them. Thus, they were not isolated incidents, they were group supported incidents.

Moreover, even for those of you who are in denial about the nature of the Tea Party thugs and won't believe these incidents happened, the fact that Republicans won't condemn them, demand that they not happen again and present to the nation the consequences for such actions, means that the GOP really endorses those actions.

Look. We all know that the GOP Chairman is one of a handful of minority Republicans left in the party. It is a party of white people who hate the idea that America changed in the 1960's to an inclusive and tolerant society.

The GOP knows that they can't hold the Tea Party folks to a standard of civility and decency, not mention accuracy and fairness, because they are the most active groundtroops in the party. The fun thing is the racist country club set that have long ruled the party now have to share power with the animals they had long tamed and controlled.

So, my fellow Americans, we have a choice. We can go back to a world of segregation and isolation or we can continue to move forward to a nation of inclusiveness and tolerance.

We can ignore the poverty, hunger and desperation of a growing segment of our society, or we can take action -- starting with children -- to make an America that warmly embraces every new child into the world and gives them all a chance to grow up without abuse, with a full stomach, with a decent education and with the opportunity to make our nation stronger, rather than a burden or a detriment.

If we are to continue to compete with the rest of the industrialized world, including the rising China, we need all hands on deck. We need to be a place that welcomes the best and brightest from around the world into our companies. We need to be as good and great as we imagine ourselves to be.

Posted by: campaignman | March 21, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

A lot of people are missing the point here. When these actions took place, the Tea Party folks around them didn't call them out and shun them. Thus, they were not isolated incidents, they were group supported incidents.

Moreover, even for those of you who are in denial about the nature of the Tea Party thugs and won't believe these incidents happened, the fact that Republicans won't condemn them, demand that they not happen again and present to the nation the consequences for such actions, means that the GOP really endorses those actions.

Look. We all know that the GOP Chairman is one of a handful of minority Republicans left in the party. It is a party of white people who hate the idea that America changed in the 1960's to an inclusive and tolerant society.

The GOP knows that they can't hold the Tea Party folks to a standard of civility and decency, not mention accuracy and fairness, because they are the most active groundtroops in the party. The fun thing is the racist country club set that have long ruled the party now have to share power with the animals they had long tamed and controlled.

So, my fellow Americans, we have a choice. We can go back to a world of segregation and isolation or we can continue to move forward to a nation of inclusiveness and tolerance.

We can ignore the poverty, hunger and desperation of a growing segment of our society, or we can take action -- starting with children -- to make an America that warmly embraces every new child into the world and gives them all a chance to grow up without abuse, with a full stomach, with a decent education and with the opportunity to make our nation stronger, rather than a burden or a detriment.

If we are to continue to compete with the rest of the industrialized world, including the rising China, we need all hands on deck. We need to be a place that welcomes the best and brightest from around the world into our companies. We need to be as good and great as we imagine ourselves to be.

Posted by: campaignman | March 21, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

There was a day when the residents of Washington DC would strenuously object to whites using the N word. I guess those days are long gone. It's sad to see white ignorance and racial epithets go unchallenged and unpunished.

Posted by: ccaudi | March 21, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

When one encourages the hate-filled rantings of the likes of a Beck, Limbaugh or O'Reilly, what do you expect. These subhumans thrive on stirring up hatred. What is so very sad, and telling, is that there is so much ugliness in certain types of Republicans lying just below their surface. Beauty is not even skin deep in their case. It is time for the United States to grow up and develop some good manners and a modicum of civility. It is beginning to resemble a failed state.

Posted by: 10emlet | March 21, 2010 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Sure, that there video could be faked.... like Obama's birth certificate... right, Tea Party patriots? Please, just keep talking. We love what you einsteins have to say.

Posted by: steveboyington | March 21, 2010 3:59 PM | Report abuse

It only takes one radical (from either side of the aisle) to try and ruin it for the rest. 99.9% of the rest that were at the pep rally in DC were just your average, everyday working Americans and their families. Their voices need to be heard since they will have to pay the taxes for these programs.

Posted by: 45upnorth | March 21, 2010 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Republican leaders said Sunday that the incidents were "isolated" and "reprehensible."
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Unbelievable. The GOP whips these mornons into a frenzy and then when they act like the witless mob that they are, all of a sudden the GOP acts suprised. It's getting so there is not much difference between a Tea Pary ralley, a GOP ralley and a KKK ralley.

Posted by: xconservative | March 21, 2010 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Everyday my very white 82 year old uncle hears some stranger saying racist things about Pres. Obama pertaining to everything he is trying to do. He lets them talk and then he tells them that he voted for him and that their comments aren't appreciated nor appropriate.

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Posted by: A-Voter | March 21, 2010 3:50 PM | Report abuse

I challenge The Tea Party people to take a civility pledge similar to that of The Coffee Party. Here is the Coffee Party's pledge--

As a member or supporter of the Coffee Party, I pledge to conduct myself in a way that is civil, honest, and respectful toward people with whom I disagree. I value people from different cultures, I value people with different ideas, and I value and cherish the democratic process.

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Posted by: A-Voter | March 21, 2010 3:48 PM | Report abuse

Who is this Nunes jackass? Dude, just because you can say that stuff doesn't mean you should, or that it's a good idea or that you won't look like a complete idiot. If you have a problem with the legislation, you get to speak out against it - preferably with facts rather than blanket accusations of socialism and such. But you don't get to call someone the n-word or the f-word or anything else like that.

Posted by: ravensfan20008 | March 21, 2010 3:48 PM | Report abuse

The teabaggers engage in low-tech rhetorical lynchings while the GOP utilizes high-tech forms.

Either way, these groups' "concern for the constitution" is race-based and little else. They hear the ticking of the demographic clock.

Posted by: rogied25 | March 21, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse

So are we claiming that N****R wasn't yelled and F****T was? Both? Neither?

Would the crowd, accepting of F*****T being yelled at Frank suddenly rise up in anger at N****R being yelled at Lewis?

What exactly are the bigots here professing? Don't worry, the Republicans will still take your votes so you really have free reign to slur anyone you want.

Posted by: p_chuck | March 21, 2010 3:43 PM | Report abuse

"Isolated" my fanny. Those were the GOP's stormtroopers and these mealymouthed hypocritical "statements" are nauseating. The truth is the GOP thought the press media just wouldn't cover this and so they encouraged the these moronic bigots to do their worst. They've been coddling and sucking up to these losers ever since Barack Obama won the election. Now we are reaping what the Republican party has so irresponsibly sown, and it's killing us. They have sown the wind and we are reaping the whirlwind.

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Posted by: A-Voter | March 21, 2010 3:39 PM | Report abuse

Wonder how many votes changed to yes because of teabaggers actions yesterday.

Posted by: ksobserver1 | March 21, 2010 3:38 PM | Report abuse

"We don't support those 'isolated' incidents and we condemn* them." - the Republican Party

* wink wink

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Posted by: A-Voter | March 21, 2010 3:38 PM | Report abuse

What did Republicans expect would happen when they encouraged these people to engage in this type of behavior. There was a time when you had to be a well educated and cultured person to be a Repubican. The bar sure has been lowered.

Posted by: johnturkal1 | March 21, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse

Teabaggers = republican stormtroopers

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Posted by: A-Voter | March 21, 2010 3:32 PM | Report abuse

The Republican official who are "denouncing" the comments haven't refuted the claims because THEY know it's almost certainly true. They want your votes and they know what you're made of.

And espite what these protesting racists are claiming, the Constitution lives on and yelling N****R or F****T isn't an arrestable offense, even if it's yelled at a Congressman.

And a CNN producer heard them yell the slur at Frank. Is he lying too?

You don't have to look to deeply to know what the "Tea Party" movement is all about.

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Posted by: A-Voter | March 21, 2010 3:30 PM | Report abuse


Lying weasel Emanuel Cleaver caught in the big lie:

'Mr. Cleaver's office reportedly said Capitol Police arrested the protester, but his office did not press charges. However, Sgt. Kimberly Schneider of the U.S. Capitol Police said in an e-mail to the L.A. Times, "We did not make any arrests today."'


No video exists showing race-bating damnable liar Emanuel Cleaver being spat upon.

Posted by: screwjob11 | March 21, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Anyone else notice how fast the teabaggers got their "evidence" video edited and posted? They're actually learning. Shame they can't put that knowledge to honest use.

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Posted by: A-Voter | March 21, 2010 3:28 PM | Report abuse

I know people in the past who have joined protests to make taboo and loudmouth slurs with the intent to make the protesting group look bad. I'm sure none of this happens these days. *wink wink*

Posted by: bigpapa_z | March 21, 2010 3:03 PM | Report abuse


Absolutely true! This foul cowardly act was pioneered by the Republicants at the Chicago Convention using fake hippies hired by, and paid by, a convicted felon- Vice President Spiro Agnew.

They may not be one-trick ponies, but every Republican will always be a scummy turd-by-association.

Know what I mean, "bigpapa z"?
What kind of name is that? You a (c)rap artist or just another Republicant paid liar? How much did they pay you for the insinuation? Will you be able to buy another vial of crack for yo ho and her real man?

Posted by: law1946 | March 21, 2010 3:27 PM | Report abuse

"Moderate" shills for Taliban always said things were isolated and had no truth in fact. Tea Party=American Taliban

Posted by: ssterno | March 21, 2010 3:27 PM | Report abuse

"House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio), said on NBC's 'Meet the Press' that the 'isolated incidents' were 'reprehensible.'"

There is nothing isolated about a person spitting on a Congressman as he enters the Capitol to cast a vote. Couldn't be more front and center.

These tea bag idiots fancy themselves rebellious 18th-century "patriots," when in fact they're just bigoted thugs looking for any excuse to beat someone up.

And make no mistake, they are mostly Republicans. The "party of Lincoln," as they love to call themselves, has a lot to answer for.

Posted by: haveaheart | March 21, 2010 3:26 PM | Report abuse

A-voter, how many times will you re-post the same garbage? When will the moderators block this guy?

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Posted by: A-Voter | March 21, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse

Someone please post a link to video demonstrating the veracity of this charge. If it happened, surely it is on video somewhere. Anyone? Hello?

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Posted by: A-Voter | March 21, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse

Will no one dare question

1. the validity of these reports
2. whether or not these people were "wolves in sheep's clothing" as in democrats impersonating tea-partiers in order to do these things and cast a bad light on all of the tea-partiers? I find it very odd that Mr. Lewis was so quick to ask for all of the charges against the people in question to be dismissed by the capitol police. Almost too quick.

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Posted by: A-Voter | March 21, 2010 3:22 PM | Report abuse

I kind of see the GOP as like the Pope. Both of them want to say, We're really sorry for what happened, but We didn't have anything to do with it.

Everybody knows both the GOP and the Pope had something to do with the nasty things which happened in each group. At the very least, they tolerated, covered up and refused to discipline the people in their ranks who did awful things.

Posted by: tinyjab40 | March 21, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Did anyone notice the nudge, nudge and the wink, wink when the Republicans tried to distance themselves from the "Tea Party" zealots? They will be needing these people come November, so they cannot do the honorable thing and outrght denounce them.

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Posted by: A-Voter | March 21, 2010 3:20 PM | Report abuse

It's funny all the half-informed people here are deploring something that never happened.

No one was arrested, no one spat, no one hurled racial slurs.

Only an addled brained congressman who remembers what didn't happen. Probably the grandfather of Ms. Brawley. I feel bad for him.

Posted by: Ombudsman1 | March 21, 2010 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Strange how these "patriots," i.e. the rotten, racist Tea-suckers, didn't open their snaggle-tooth maws to protest against American jobs and industry being shipped off to China. As it is, it is nearly IMPOSSIBLE to find products in the stores that don't carry the hated and despised "Made in China" label. Where were the tea-sucking b&stards when our jobs were stolen by the lousy traitor Republicans? They were quiet as mice, the rotten redneck racists they are, too stupid as always to see their own interest.

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Posted by: A-Voter | March 21, 2010 3:18 PM | Report abuse

The Republicans denounce the comments but we know they won't refuse their votes.

These are the exact people the Republicans want to ride back to the majority.

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Posted by: A-Voter | March 21, 2010 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Racist scum - the reincarnation of the 19th century Know Nothings and inveterate White Supremacists. Back to your holes! Where are the "decent" Republicans? Isolated instance my ass!

Posted by: clemons1 | March 21, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

A few rotten apples? Isolated incidents? Give me a break.
Welcome to the Republican Party.
The GOP has become the party of lazy, impulsive, fat ass goom-bahs who entertain violent, apocalyptic fantasies.

Posted by: theodorebrown | March 21, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

THERE IS SIMPLY NO EVIDENCE THAT RACIAL/ANTI-GAY SLURS WERE SHOUTED BY THOSE PROTESTERS!!!!

Also, the Capitol Police deny that they arrested any protesters for spitting on any congressman. This is just an 11th hour attempt to demonize opponents of the health care bill. Here is a video that disproves the racial slur claim:

http://www.washingtontimes.com/weblogs/watercooler/2010/mar/20/congressman-claims-health-care-bill-protesters-hur/

You don't hear any racial slurs at all in the video!

Posted by: heatherczerniak | March 21, 2010 3:12 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: A-Voter | March 21, 2010 3:11 PM | Report abuse

The GOP saying that racial slurs, homo-phobic slurs, ad nauseam are all isolated and rare instances! Historically, nothing rare about it. I know that the right wants us to forget the past, and it becomes a pain in the a&^ to remember it, but just like a heinous Nazi Germany the history of the Republicans and racism is a coupling too comfortable for the Republican party to admit and racism and homophobia has never been an isolated/rare ideology for them.

Posted by: rocinante37 | March 21, 2010 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Honestly, I wonder at anyone who has read on the Internet today who isn't in a state of despair. I don't know how else to respond to this level of ignorance, paranoia, lack of reason, and just flat out bile.

How does a nation survive when it's people can't and won't employ simple reason, when they wear ignorant behavior as a badge of honor, when reality means nothing, and human pain is mocked. Modern life and the future of America is complex enough, but when your society is moving backwards it doesn't bode well for survival.

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Posted by: A-Voter | March 21, 2010 3:09 PM | Report abuse


No video footage = no such incident

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Posted by: A-Voter | March 21, 2010 3:06 PM | Report abuse

This is digusting and evidence of the malevolence of the Tea Party and its "Conservative" supporters. These are bigoted thugs, not activists. The sooner the media report the whole truth of what they said to Congressman John Lewis, the better.

We live in a backward country.

Posted by: bert8 | March 21, 2010 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Oddly enough, video of the situation proves that no such epithets or racial terms were used. Lefties and media lying again, it seems.

Posted by: Midas2000 | March 21, 2010 3:06 PM | Report abuse

These are just rednecks being rednecks. Incapable of articulating any type of intelligent discussion, so they do what they are best capable - one and two word outbursts insulting decent, patriotic, and hard working Americans who believe in the true ideals of America.

Ironically, this disgusting and revolting display from the redneck scums and sewage particles that soil America may be enough to persuade enough members of Congress to do the right thing and pass the Health Care Act.

And then we can go after their guns :-)

Posted by: 51DegreesNorth | March 21, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

When these racist and other slurs happen on a frequent basis, i.e., during the Presidential election, it stops being "isolated" and becomes a pattern. Is anybody really surprised? I mean, really?

Posted by: jfoster13 | March 21, 2010 3:03 PM | Report abuse

I know people in the past who have joined protests to make taboo and loudmouth slurs with the intent to make the protesting group look bad. I'm sure none of this happens these days. *wink wink*

Posted by: bigpapa_z | March 21, 2010 3:03 PM | Report abuse

Boehner may say "isolated" and "reprehensible" but he knows very well that this incident of hateful name-calling is par for the course with Republicans.

In 1995, then-Republican House Majority Leader Dick Armey famously referred to Frank as "Barney Fag" in a press interview.

Armey apologized and said it was "a slip of the tongue".
Frank did not accept Armey's explanation, saying "I turned to my own expert, my mother, who reports that in 59 years of marriage, no one ever introduced her as Elsie Fag."

Posted by: HughBriss | March 21, 2010 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Let's hear plain and simply that racists ARE NOT WELCOME IN THE REPUBLICAN PARTY

My guess is they would take the Marquis de Sade and Attila the Hun if they could bring them back.
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Well, there is no evidence that I know of that the Marquis the Sade was a racist, and as for Attila, he was not white.

Next question! :)

Posted by: rohitcuny | March 21, 2010 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Why isn't the WaPo covering this guy?:

Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) came to the defense of the racists and bigots who shouted slurs at members of Congress Saturday. The Tea Party protesters shouted the ‘n’ word at African American members of Congress the ‘f’ word at an openly gay member.

Posted by: printthis | March 21, 2010 3:01 PM | Report abuse

The tea party claims to be opposed to "big government.


Great. Turn in Social Security and Medicare cards. In exchange, the US government will refund every dime you ever paid in, less every dime the government paid out to you.

If the government owes you money, we'll give you a treasury check and wash our hands of you.

IF YOU OWE the government, which is the case for almost everyone in the tea party, I'm sure you'll be happy to write a check to the US Treasury for the balance due.

Oh, is there a problem? Do I hear gasps? Death rattles? Would that be that the real sucking sound is that of these ignorant "me-first, to heck with everyone else" dimwits, who eventually, once they put down their stupid signs and think, will realized that they too have been suckered by what passes for the Republican Party, same as the Evangelicals?

George Bush and Co didn't even bother to cover their collective mouths when they laughed and the credulous God-squadders.

I wouldn't expect much more from the bigots in the GOP today.

The Tea Party has now been been thoroughly infiltrated and coopted by the REAL republican base: bigots, racists, and second raters who've signed on because they're "afraid of the government" and who foolishly believe in the private sector doing no wrong.

Posted by: Va_Lady2008 | March 21, 2010 3:01 PM | Report abuse

SORRY BUT THIS STORY which was always heresay, has been debunked! There is no proof.

http://www.nhteapartycoalition.org/tea/2010/03/21/democrat-deceptions-and-the-coup/

Also where is your story about the 50,000 protesters who are still there opposing this health care takeover?

2,000 leftwing nuts does not a story make.

Posted by: username | March 21, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Republicans denouncing racists and homophobes? C'mon. That's their base.
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Republican policiticians. Things have changed since Reagan's southern strategy but it remains the fact that it was Lincoln, a Republican who freed the slaves.

But racists do tend to gravitate to the Republicans just as the leftists and the PC crowd gravitate to the Democrats. Each party then needs to control the crackpots within itself while also trying to keep their loyalty. That means that you try to shush the crackpots within your party while trying not to antagonize them. It is a dance of strategy.

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Posted by: A-Voter | March 21, 2010 2:57 PM | Report abuse

I'm willing to believe but at this point, all sides are so politically motivated and irrational that I'd need to see something which is known as "evidence". Dear WaPo/NYTimes/CNN: got any evidence? Of course, it's too late to plant any signs or shouters or spitters at yesterday's get-together but maybe the Tea Peeps' opposition can learn from this: better planning -- or should I say "planting"? -- in the future.
Posted by: srb2 | March 21, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse
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Now I heard the slurs as a couple were directed at me, but I did not see anyone getting spat on. Even when the protesters were confronted and people were quite close to each others faces, I did not see anyone spitting on anyone. I think if that would have happened it would have been a powder keg. It was very heated, and again I stress that for the majority of the folks there it was only a small group of people acting out like this.

Posted by: clark202 | March 21, 2010 2:57 PM | Report abuse

"reprehensible republican" is a redundancy.

Posted by: JovialReaper | March 21, 2010 2:54 PM | Report abuse

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"Republicans denounce racist and anti-gay slurs"

Really, now, Really?

You think the GOP didn't incite these people?

How stu-pid are you?

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Posted by: printthis | March 21, 2010 2:51 PM | Report abuse

Let's be clear about who condemned it and who gave condemnation lip service and continued with justification.

I heard John Boehner and that's exactly what he did. Sure we condemn it...BUT, (fill in a dozen Republican talking points.

Let's hear plain and simply that racists ARE NOT WELCOME IN THE REPUBLICAN PARTY

My guess is they would take the Marquis de Sade and Attila the Hun if they could bring them back.

Posted by: dogdiva | March 21, 2010 2:50 PM | Report abuse

It seems odd that people who can barely add two numbers together are suddenly so panicked over the national debt. Not only have they been whipped into a frenzy over an issue they can't possibly understand, this has brought out other anti-social behaviors characteristic of the underclass. Who is manipulating them? Who do you think?

Posted by: DaveHarris | March 21, 2010 2:50 PM | Report abuse

if i don't see a video of it - it did not happen!

the left will lie about anything and black leftists love to lie about fake racist remarks and spitting. this will not be the first time and it will not be the last.

so if the video exists SHOW ME THE VIDEO or STFU!

Posted by: infantry11b4faus | March 21, 2010 2:38 PM | Report abuse
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I'm quite sure you'll some video infantry, I was there and trust me, it happened. The police did a good job though keeping that stuff from getting out of hand. I wasn't part of the protesting but, I live close to the capital. I was walking past a bunch of protesters on my way to meet up with some friends, thats when a FEW (I stress a few not the whole crowd) let loose a bunch of racial slurs at folks passing by or by those confronting them. But for the most part the majority of the folks there were nice. I helped a few of them with directions around the city and told a few of some good places to eat. For the couple from Arkansas if you're reading this, I hope Ben's Chili Bowl met up to your expectations :-).

Posted by: clark202 | March 21, 2010 2:49 PM | Report abuse

The Republican Party would no doubt like to disown these folks. But they can't quite bring themselves to it. They're not ready for third party politics to take away half their big ol' tent. So they must make apologies for half-wits. O how the mighty have fallen.

Posted by: fzdybel | March 21, 2010 2:49 PM | Report abuse

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Fight the slave traders....

Health care for all....

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Posted by: printthis | March 21, 2010 2:48 PM | Report abuse

The-GOP-CORPORATE SOCIALISTS...want these wedge issues to remain in place , it keeps the general population distracted...so they can push forward their greater AGENDA ! .

Posted by: tai_vare | March 21, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

I'm willing to believe but at this point, all sides are so politically motivated and irrational that I'd need to see something which is known as "evidence". Dear WaPo/NYTimes/CNN: got any evidence? Of course, it's too late to plant any signs or shouters or spitters at yesterday's get-together but maybe the Tea Peeps' opposition can learn from this: better planning -- or should I say "planting"? -- in the future.

Posted by: srb2 | March 21, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Let's have more tea party events. Let's get that mob mentality going, let's let these people show us who they really are.

And you have to laugh at you folks claiming you wont' believe it until you see it on the video.

C'mon, you won't believe it even then.

Posted by: barferio | March 21, 2010 2:44 PM | Report abuse

if i don't see a video of it - it did not happen!

the left will lie about anything and black leftists love to lie about fake racist remarks and spitting. this will not be the first time and it will not be the last.

so if the video exists SHOW ME THE VIDEO or STFU!

Posted by: infantry11b4faus


Hey infantry boy, is that how you want Don't Ask, Don't Tell to work as well?

Posted by: streff | March 21, 2010 2:44 PM | Report abuse

Prove it or shut up.

Democrat Carson may have "told a reporter" that he was insulted, but videos of his procession are available online, and it appears that his statements are false.

Perhaps someone whispered the offensive remarks to Mr. Carson "15 times," but it's hard to believe he could have heard them above the loud, generic booing and cries of "Kill The Bill!"

Perhaps Mr. Carson (or the AP or CNN or etc.) can prove these accusations, but until that happens, the available documentation disproves everything he claims.

Posted by: npsmith | March 21, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Republicans denouncing racists and homophobes? C'mon. That's their base.

Posted by: lddoyle2002 | March 21, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse

bobbo2,

Are you insane? Nothing casey wrote was racially or sexually motivated. He complained about "knuckle draggers," which is in reference to people with antiquated ideology. insulting someone based on ideology is not bigotry.

It is the same as when Republicans call Democrats unpatriotic, liberal sissies, tree huggers, or Communists.

I have never once heard anyone claim that any of those epithets were bigotry, just that they were wrong.

You should probably buy a dictionary, because you're clearly showing that casey's evaluation of you is correct.

Posted by: apissedant | March 21, 2010 2:40 PM | Report abuse

if i don't see a video of it - it did not happen!

the left will lie about anything and black leftists love to lie about fake racist remarks and spitting. this will not be the first time and it will not be the last.

so if the video exists SHOW ME THE VIDEO or STFU!

Posted by: infantry11b4faus | March 21, 2010 2:38 PM | Report abuse

I was out there yesterday on my way to meet up with some friends for a late lunch. I'm an independent. There are benefits that I like in both parties, but I'm also an African-American. I got called some things by these folks that I haven't heard since my parents were my age.

I'm all for free speech and all, but not if I'm going to be insulted in my hometown. And by a bunch of out-of-towners. I understand that not everyone there shared the point of view of the folks calling me a M-F N*****, but I didn't hear anyone from the group chastising those in the wrong either.

Posted by: clark202 | March 21, 2010 2:37 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, oliphants (ie obsolete elephants) too little, too late. You have encourged these guy abd gals. Now live (and die) with it.

Posted by: trh123 | March 21, 2010 2:37 PM | Report abuse

This really is just a bunch of liberal bs. We don't even know who these random people are. For all we know they could be Dem plants playing on their usual theme of race baiting. By the way, Tea Party members and Republicans are not necessarily the same thing.

Posted by: edfromtexas | March 21, 2010 2:37 PM | Report abuse

Republicans are synonymous with racism, greed, injustice, and stupidity.

Posted by: GeorgHerbet | March 21, 2010 2:34 PM | Report abuse

It it weren't for ignorant,rascist, old, white rednecks,there wouldn't be a Republican party. As I've said all along, the teabaggers are just Republicans who are ashamed to be called Republicans.

Posted by: hughsie48 | March 21, 2010 2:32 PM | Report abuse

What? GOP doesn't like cool refreshing slurpies. Why, that's unamerikin!

Posted by: johng1 | March 21, 2010 2:31 PM | Report abuse

The Republicans in Congress should have apologized to the Democrats, and the American People since those same Republicans are the one's who urged the teabagger protestors to throw racist and xenophobic slurs. The Right's demagogues use these "reprehensible" attacks against their fellow Americans all the time, on the Radio and Fox News. Oh well at least the reactionary Republicans WILL FAIL: FOR NOT BEING ABLE TO STOP HEALTH REFORM! The Democrats will likely hold onto both the House and Senate if this bill passes. The Democratic Party will be able to signal to the world it can reform and rebuild America without the Far Right. This messy display going on in front of the capital and inside is good though, in that Americans will finally be able to address this issue the Republicans since the Nixon era have just ignored.

Posted by: jmr862003 | March 21, 2010 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Let us not spend our time condemning the majority of the tea partiers for their racist bigotry. Let us instead concentrate on the mom and pop tea parties who really have a point of view.

There must be dozens of them.

Posted by: barferio | March 21, 2010 2:30 PM | Report abuse

The heads of the Republican party from Mr. Steele on down can deny racism has anything to do with the tea party movement or has any place in the Republican party.Why is it that all of the racists gravitate and are drawn to the Republican party.It's the comfort level. Their's always justification...it's the commie and socialist takeover.The only problem that these people and their ideas have is that their kids don't have them.As happened 45 years ago when a portion of the population was afforded their long denied civil rights,you'll find that "the times they are a changin'". Your old road is rapidly fading.It's not about "just us" it's about justice.

Posted by: misewicz | March 21, 2010 2:29 PM | Report abuse

I do not know whether or not the incidents took place. If they did, they are deplorable and need every condemnation sent their way. However, a group such as the Tea Parties that has no definite organizational structure, should not be blamed, totally, for the behavior of a few "stupid" individuals. No one could know for certain whether or not these were genuine members of the movement, or persons who chose to do something to discredit the movement, for whatever reason or reasons. It is surprising, however, that the movement would suddenly chsnge course and resort to racist and homophibic insults. Since there is, apparently, no visual supporting evidence, perhaps this issue should not be given life by people who do not know the truth.

Posted by: CalP | March 21, 2010 2:25 PM | Report abuse

One of the best questions I have read recently in the Post is "Why doesn't the at-large press condem Fox news for being right wing op-ed instead of journalism? Very good question. But, the answer is obvious. Free market economics. Fox promotes conflict, which in turn creates drama, and drama is what the press needs. The sad thing is that the press rejoices mob frenzy like the tea party crowd. More headlines, more hate, more bucks.

Posted by: citizen4truth1 | March 21, 2010 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Casey 1. You appear to have the same temperment as those who said the stupid things at the Capitol. Your slurs are no different. But I forgot, the Left can do it but the Right can't. I don't condone any slurs made by the individuals at the Capitol. I also don't condone your slurs.

Posted by: bobbo2 | March 21, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

This is the Republic Party base at work. I have no doubt that the likes of Boehner, Pence, DeMint, Cornyn, McConnell, Cantor, Corker and the rest are wetting their pants they're giggling so hard.

Posted by: edismae | March 21, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

What a crock. It was plants from Obama and Rahm and Pelosi. They mixed into the crowd and started dropping N-bombs. Anyone that doesn't this one figured is a moron. Please.

Posted by: JamesChristian | March 21, 2010 2:15 PM

You people are so utterly delusional I don't know whether to laugh at you or pity you.

Posted by: divi3 | March 21, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

JamesChristian

Yes, they were all plants. Blame the victim.

Please don't ascribe your Nazi thought processes to everyone. Just because your friend Hitler found some mental case to burn down the Reich Chancellery, doesn't mean that everyone's political behavior is similar.

The only plants at those SA demonstrations were the "vegetables" trucked in by the insurance companies.

Posted by: daweeni | March 21, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

Where's the kentucky hayseed senator Mitch McConnell's denunciation? Step up like a man and a member of the most august body in the world and denounce these racist homophobic teabag dim wits, McConnell. What a pathetic excuse for a group that parades themselves as patriotic.

Posted by: medogsbstfrnd | March 21, 2010 2:22 PM | Report abuse

2010 Republicans are hatemongers and racists. That's all that remains of what used to be a larger party.

Posted by: skeetchamp | March 21, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse

... "isolated incidents" were "reprehensible."

Yes Mr. Boehner, they were completely reprehensible but isolated? Hardly. Just watch the videos of the event and look at the pictures of the signs they were carrying. It was pure bigotry on parade.

Republicans have a HUGE problem. They're living in a past that no longer exists except in their own minds and they can't move beyond it. No matter how they try to shroud their prejudice in cleverly coached euphemisms, eventually, as in this case, the true ugliness of their core beliefs are revealed when they loose control. It is in these moments, with their deceitful veneer of tolerance shattered, that we see the true nature of "conservatives."

Posted by: Robert_In_WeHo | March 21, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse

No need to denounce or call out the ugliness of this movement - the people involved can do that all by themselves.

We live and die by our words and actions. Let their words and actions speak for them.

Posted by: EnemyOfTheState | March 21, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse

The ignorant, racist scum who make up the base of the Republican Party were fully on display at the teabaggers party yesterday. These are the same knuckle-dragging haters who animated Palin's rallies.

When GOP officials pretend that the teabagging piggies' behavior is "reprehensible", they are lying. It is the GOP itself that has filled up the empty vessels at the bottom of their party with the lies that have them so freaked out.

If voter anger is a great motivator at the polls, you can be sure that I and millions like me will vote in November just to destroy the party that has tried so hard to destroy this country.

I have seen Republicans at work since the summer from hell. They are odious, unAmerican prks who will do anything to destroy Obama. Nuts to the GOP. Nuts to fearmongering and lies.

Posted by: Casey1 | March 21, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

What no video or audio? Oh there IS video AND audio but no slurs?

Interesting.

Posted by: Etek | March 21, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

What a crock. It was plants from Obama and Rahm and Pelosi. They mixed into the crowd and started dropping N-bombs. Anyone that doesn't this one figured is a moron. Please.

Posted by: JamesChristian | March 21, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse

There is no evidence that the event as described by a House staffer happened.

There is evidence that he made up soundbytes for the Congresscritters.

There are videos ~ none of which supports the contentions. Boehner had not yet been informed when he reflexively denounced such behavior. I'm sure that now that he knows he would preface it all by saying "if such....."

Stupid staffer, in the face of possible victory, decides to embarrass the entire Democrat ruling class with a phony-baloney propaganda piece complete with claims of dramatic street theatre.

He may have lost half a dozen votes with this POS.

Posted by: muawiyah | March 21, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse

And one wonders why the GOP is considered racist. Goopers, it's because you're racists. Period.

Posted by: dcp26851 | March 21, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

It's funny how some folks will resort to blaming Democrats for planting there own people to spit and hurl insults at Democratic legislature.

You want to know why these people are claiming this was done by the DEMS themselves?

Because these are the same types of tactics that the REPGUS and Tea Party Hacks used at Town Hall meetings and other HC gatherings over the course of the year to control the debates. They planted their own people to scream and shot at these events. Don't think for one minute they are not capable of coming up with some of the lowest vilest tactics to keep the Democrats from passing HC reform.

Posted by: lcarter0311 | March 21, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

Today is the historic vote for health care reform. It has been a long trip. Republican spokesman Doug Heye is still spouting crap.

Heye should read about french cooking, "When you start with crap, you end with Le Crap".

Thus is the status of the Republican Paty-LE CRAP.

Posted by: COWENS99 | March 21, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

Notice how the left-wing media doesn't use the word "allegedly"? There is video tape of the event, and all show no racial slurs. Yet, with that evidence, they take the words of the Alinksy crowd?

IF you have videotape evidence that contradicts your assertions, and you continue to spew your lies, what does that make you?

Posted by: Cornell1984 | March 21, 2010 2:11 PM | Report abuse

As a devout Republican, I say we in the GOP must co-opt these fine patriots and make them part of our invincible yahoo army which will sweep to victory in 2010 and 2012. Once we have seized power and installed our stooges in office, we can distract the idiots who elected us with bogus Christian humbuggery and a renewed holy Crusade against the muslims, and go back to serving our true constituents, the top 1/10th of 1 percent who rightfully own this country, by siphoning what remains of the nation's wealth into their pockets, keeping a healthy commission for ourselves.

Posted by: senatorblbo | March 21, 2010 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Julescator wrote:
Obama's poll number on Gallup went from 46 Approval on Friday to 50 today. A 4 point rise in 2 days. ROCK ON MR. PRESIDENT. YOU ARE ON THE RIGHT TRACK.

THANK YOU FOR ALL AMERICANS.

ALSO HIS NEGATIVE NUMBER WENT FROM 48 TO 43 A 5 POINT DROP IN NEGATIVE NUMBER!!!!

Posted by: Julescator | March 21, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

d1carter wrote: Who reported the incidents? Which reporters saw and heard these despicable events? Did they rely on the words of Congressmen? Does anyone believe the media or Congressmen?

Actually, the report in Saturday's Washington Post stated that, " Police detained the individual, who was then released because [Rep.] Cleaver declined to press charges."

I am highly confident that d1carter will claim that the U.S. Capitol Police are part of the conspiracy or that the spitter was a "plant" hired specifically for his spitting accuracy. For d1carter, anything but the truth will suffice.

Posted by: curmudgeon4u | March 21, 2010 2:08 PM | Report abuse

email sent to John Boehner - -


From a Washington Post Article "Republicans denounce racist and anti-gay slurs":

House Minority Leader John
Boehner (R-Ohio), said on NBC's "Meet the Press" that the "isolated incidents" were "reprehensible."

Video with audio shot of the supposed incident:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2dzRC8d4n-s

I hear "kill the bill" shouted by protesters and no spitting going on. If you are going to apologize for my fellow tea-party patriots why don’t you at least confirm that the incident actually happened. IT DIDN’T!

Good Gravy, with republican leadership like this it’s no wonder I’m a Libertarian!

Unbelievable!

Posted by: sosueme1 | March 21, 2010 2:05 PM | Report abuse

email sent to John Boeher:


From a Washington Post Article "Republicans denounce racist and anti-gay slurs":

House Minority Leader John
Boehner (R-Ohio), said on NBC's "Meet the Press" that the "isolated incidents" were "reprehensible."

Video with audio shot of the supposed incident:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2dzRC8d4n-s

I hear "kill the bill" shouted by protesters and no spitting going on. If you are going to apologize for my fellow tea-party patriots why don’t at least confirm that the incident actually happened. IT DIDN’T!

Good Gravy, with republican leadership like this it’s no wonder I’m a Libertarian!

Unbelievable!

Posted by: sosueme1 | March 21, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

The Tea Party sympathizers are laughable. "It didn't happen!" "It's a lie!" "They were Dem plants." De nial. De nial.

Posted by: steveboyington | March 21, 2010 2:02 PM | Report abuse

GOP's "official" denunciation of the Teabaggers' ugly tactics would make as much sense and be as sincere as Bin Laden's denunciation of terrorism.

Posted by: TalkingHead1 | March 21, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse

I wonder when the Democrats will apologize for the routine slurs of calling Tea Party participants Tea Baggers?

Posted by: briehl

You Teabaggers CHOOSE your anal pore behavior. Of course, calling you a bunch of Nazis would be called a slur by you, even if that is exactly the way you CHOOSE to behave. Apologizing to you folks would be like Jews saying "Sorry" to Hitler for not having their gold teeth ready to be collected.

Posted by: daweeni | March 21, 2010 1:59 PM | Report abuse

So, what do Republican leaders, John the flacid Boner & Oily Eric Cantor, call these deranged, white trash, racist Tea Bag freaks? Their base...

Posted by: shiva7 | March 21, 2010 1:57 PM | Report abuse

I bet this was all just made up nonsense, to distract from the real situation.

It was racism that delivered Obama into the White House; what's good for the goose should be good fro the gander.

Posted by: OhTheHumanity | March 21, 2010 1:55 PM | Report abuse

Sounds like the people who have themselves worked into an irrational lather on this have all the bases covered. I've even read one person claim to have seen a sign that read, "Send The Black Devil" back. The New York Times, the Washington Post and CNN all have people covering this. And not one of them managed to get this alleged sign on video or still? (Or is it all a big ol' media cover-up? I can hear Ben Bradley now: "Woodsteeeen!")

It's not surprising that using the race card as a pure political maneuver would happen on this, especially this late and with this much uncertainly regarding the outcome. What's surprising is such a see-through, but nonetheless apparently successful, use of the race card. And of course, it'll go into the so-called history books as fact for many people who will believe what they want to believe.

I suppose claiming a lynching is out of the question; they'd have to produce a body or something...

Posted by: srb2 | March 21, 2010 1:55 PM | Report abuse

New GOP = Old South

Posted by: support6 | March 21, 2010 1:54 PM | Report abuse

New GOP = Old South

Posted by: support6 | March 21, 2010 1:54 PM | Report abuse

"Who reported the incidents? Which reporters saw and heard these despicable events? Did they rely on the words of Congressmen? Does anyone believe the media or Congressmen?"

I suppose not! Because some of us only believe the media that tells us what we want to hear. As always, facts supported by independent corroborating sources are seen as an affront.

If not for this uncanny ability to live in denial, the cognitive dissonance would be psychologically crushing.

Chalk up another one to the arrogance bred from god-myth, and the self-righteous delusions of grandeur that stem from it.

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Posted by: linjian76 | March 21, 2010 1:49 PM | Report abuse

If the only examples of racism you can come up with is some anonymous nut in a crowd yelling a bad word or a 16-year-old prankster in a Walmart, I'd say racism is officially dead. Hurray for America! Too bad the racially grievance industry will continue unabated...

Posted by: diesel_skins_ | March 21, 2010 1:47 PM | Report abuse

Unfortunately I don't see the slurs as isolated. I was on Metro on Sept. 12 from Vienna to Metro Center. I can only speak for the car that I was riding but the 'conversation' by the people headed to the rally was exclusively racist and homophobic. I heard absolutely nothing about health care, which is what I thought the rally was supposed to be about.

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Posted by: linjian76 | March 21, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Who reported the incidents? Which reporters saw and heard these despicable events? Did they rely on the words of Congressmen? Does anyone believe the media or Congressmen?

Posted by: d1carter | March 21, 2010 1:43 PM | Report abuse

You get the crops you sow.
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You don't think that these kind of "crops" are on both sides of the political fence?

It is amusing to watch d-bags generalize.

Posted by: sombreropoint38 | March 21, 2010 1:39 PM | Report abuse

I wonder when the Democrats will apologize for the routine slurs of calling Tea Party participants Tea Baggers?

Posted by: briehl | March 21, 2010 1:37 PM | Report abuse

The Tea Partiers seem to be utterly stupid.
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I happen to be one that thinks sweeping generalizations are utterly stupid.

Posted by: sombreropoint38 | March 21, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

To: Imb02

(and all others taking a similar position)

Are you sure the idiots making the racial and homophobic slurs were not "plants" sent in by the desperate liberals to stir up idiots like all of you?

Ask yourselves this; If the bill is so great, why is it proving to be sooooooo hard to pass? Kinda makes you say, hmmmmm.

Posted by: ddnfla | March 21, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

It all makes me wonder what actions would ne acceptable from angry citizens that believe their Constitutional Rights and freedoms may be taken away because of a racial and socially unacceptable partisan and criminally negligent political party decides it is in the best interest of the few to penalize the many.

What is acceptable now in today’s politically correct society that condemns only the “incorrect” for their outburst at their tormentors. Will the criminal socialist stand quietly by when this bill (if it “passes”) gets repealed by the people? We will see.

Posted by: longbow65 | March 21, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

"What you had out there yesterday were a handful of people who just got stupid and said some ignorant things," Steele said.
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You get the crops you sow.

Posted by: HillmanDC | March 21, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Yes, Tea Party protesters are small, isolated, and extremely ignorant. Well stated Mr. Steele and Mr Boehner. So why is it you pander to this group as if they spoke for the "American people"?

By the way the "isolated" part is not really accurate when Republican leadership says the same ignorant things without the N-word. They have been encouraging racism from day one of the Obama presidency. They are on record for wanting to destroy him.

Posted by: walden1 | March 21, 2010 1:33 PM | Report abuse

What a joke - Repug-nicans decry the anti-gay and racial actions by protesters - where do you think these people GOT the idea it was okay to do that?!

Could it be - oh - Glen Beck?! Could it be - oh - John Boehner?! Could it be - oh - Bill O'Reilley?!

Make gays and blacks into worthless demons, and then decry it when your supporters treat them as worthless demons! Doh!

Posted by: nadinem | March 21, 2010 1:33 PM | Report abuse

It's just a word.

If we keep treating it like a sacred cow that only black people are allowed to say... well, that's racist.

http://www.gunbarrelteleprompter.com/2010/03/editorial-colorado-capitol-protest-today-at-300.html

Posted by: michaelniland | March 21, 2010 1:33 PM | Report abuse

Totally agree with this post

The GOP has totally responsible for this rehtoric. They wipped up the hate and fear and the language for over a year now. When will they stop? It is getting to the point that one of their nuts will spill blood????? They need to controll the crowds not wip them up......stop before you the GOP kill someone!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Americacares

Posted by: K2007 | March 21, 2010 1:33 PM | Report abuse

This whole healthcare issue is not even about healthcare. As most things that end up in the hands of politicians, it is about three things:

1. Power
2. Control
3. Self-Perpetuation

If you think that, in essence, it is about much more than this, there is some good beachfront property for sale in Arizona you might like to buy.

Posted by: sombreropoint38 | March 21, 2010 1:33 PM | Report abuse

Haven't seen any videos showing racial slurs. Sure have seen alot of sexual slurs (teabagging references) from the liberal, people loving, open minded contingency here today.

The left is certainly disingenuous when it comes to basing its beliefs on facts and truth. Who are the real bigots and hypocrites here?

Posted by: activistgretchen | March 21, 2010 1:33 PM | Report abuse

“Kill the Bill” is now a racial and anti-gay epithet? Wha? Is “the bill” an african-american homosexual?

Commie progressive deamoncrats lie and lie and then lie somemore.

Guess AlGore didn’t count on digital video and YouTube when he ‘invented’ this internet thingy to expose you lying commie pieces of excrement!

Posted by: sosueme1 | March 21, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

The Tea Partiers seem to be utterly stupid. They are trying to ruin the country.

Posted by: celestun100 | March 21, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Could we please have some video evidence of these alleged slurs? Assertions by democrats need to be put through a 'BIG LIE Detector'.

Posted by: GeneCar | March 21, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

If the Health care passes the the Democrats own it, no matter what happens John Boner and the republicans own the Tea Party...racism and all, Michael Steele is not even invited to that party much to his dismay.

Posted by: pt1836metz | March 21, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Before the GOP begs for forgiveness, they should first verify that said incidents actually took place. There is video on Youtube which disputes any spitting/epithet spewing at black congressman ever took place. Looks like Democrats played the race card....AGAIN.

Posted by: TheLastBrainLeft | March 21, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

The GOP has totally responsible for this rehtoric. They wipped up the hate and fear and the language for over a year now. When will they stop? It is getting to the point that one of their nuts will spill blood????? They need to controll the crowds not wip them up......stop before you the GOP kill someone!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Americacares | March 21, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

The name calling is out of bounds, but stealing our country. Worse.

"We shall Overcome"

Posted by: logicprevails | March 21, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

THE GOP was AGAINST all these programs which turned out to be good for the US and its citzens. So who gets a MUCK about what they think.

Medicare
Unemployment insurance
Social Security
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Have you noticed that everything that is mentioned above is on the cusp of being insolvent and bankrupt?

By the way, I go to tea party protests. The people who did what they did yesterday are idiots. No one disputes that. Most of us are for limited government. Suggested reading: The Road to Serfdom by F.A. Hayek. We are on it.

Posted by: sombreropoint38 | March 21, 2010 1:29 PM | Report abuse

rscott251 thinks that this whole dustup was created by the White House, that all these racist and homophobic slurs were done by "plants."

You bet. Obviously, the only way there could be a racist at one of these tea party protests is if those deceitful, lying leftists planted one there. Because, of course, those TP people are just discussing the fine points of health care policy, right?

Actually, the tactic of "planting" people to make one's opponent look bad was cooked up by Nixon, who went so far as to have an actual department of "dirty tricks," operated by a guy named Donald Segretti. These people (many of them FBI agents and cops) were infiltrating and disrupting anti-war protests and leftist organizations at the same time they were trying to make George McGovern look bad with groups like Transvestites Against the War.

The tactic you accuse Obama of was (and still is) used mainly by the Republican Party and the far rightwing nuts.

Racists on the right? Goodness me, how improbable!

Posted by: rbmurals | March 21, 2010 1:29 PM | Report abuse

The GOP should have apologized and more. They should have made a strong statement that they abhor such behavior. The elephant in the closet of the GOP ultra-conservative base and the Tea Party in particular is that the organization has a strong but small minority of racists and otherwise prejudiced people.

The U.S. has changed. Our government, including its highest echelons will now include people of different races and religious beliefs, as well as women and gays. We will see Muslims, atheists, agnostics, Hispanics, Blacks, gays and many others among our leaders. They are American citizens with the full rights we all have.

It is time for the GOP to strongly acknowledge that in such a way that is becomes clear that they don't condone the prejudice of their ultra-conservatives members or of leaders such as Glenn Beck.

Posted by: tinyjab40 | March 21, 2010 1:29 PM | Report abuse

“Kill the Bill” is now a racial and anti-gay epithet? Wha? Is “the bill” an african-american homosexual?

Commie progressive deamoncrats lie and lie and then lie somemore.

Guess AlGore didn’t count on digital video and YouTube when he ‘invented’ this internet thingy to expose you lying commie pieces of excrement!

Posted by: sosueme1 | March 21, 2010 1:29 PM | Report abuse

What does he mean "handful of people who just got stupid" ? Sounds like they've been stupid for a while to go where they did.

Posted by: leroyk | March 21, 2010 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Sheep - don't believe the propoganda. All part of the left's "any opposed to us is a HATER" rubbish.

Posted by: pgr88 | March 21, 2010 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Still waiting for any one of you to produce a) video footage depicting lying weasel Cleaver being spat upon by any protester in DC; or b) police records showing the arrest of any person; or c) even police records showing the name of a person you claim was detained and let go.

No such thing exists or one or more of you nitwits would have it by now. Any one of you? Hmm?

Put up or shut up.

Posted by: screwjob11 | March 21, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

This protest has not a thing to do with Health Care...its all about hatred for the messenger. Reminds me of the ignorant old lady at the McCain presidential town hall meeting who blurted out to John McCain that Obama was an Arab. Thats what the Tea Party is about 1 thousand fold.

Posted by: pt1836metz | March 21, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

THE GOP was AGAINST all these programs which turned out to be good for the US and its citzens. So who gets a MUCK about what they think.

Medicare
Unemployment insurance
Social Security
eliminate labor laws and farm programs


The majority of the people benfitting from these programs are REPUBLICANS

Posted by: K2007 | March 21, 2010 1:26 PM | Report abuse

C'mon, they were in a hurry and forgot their sheets. Or the motel ran out of sheets. Or they forgot their scissors. These KKKers are on a tight budget...

Posted by: lmb02 | March 21, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

There is nothing surprising about comments the tea party people make. I live in Washington state and have seen and heard them do the same things here. And the Republicans here have claimed the tea party as their own.

Posted by: stevevalandra | March 21, 2010 1:24 PM | Report abuse

The Republican parth thrives on creating fear and has done so for at least 30 years. They incite the fear (and the mob) with their constant references to the other side as the party of socialism, communism and dictatorship. They enlarge on that theme by telling the mob that the other side is stealing their freedom. THey continue that message with outright lies (death panels), rumor (birthers), nonsense (tenthers) hypocrisy (for it before they were against it but who keeps track). Then when the hate they have fostered boils over into ugliness (guns at town hall meetings), racist slurs, gay hate) they act as if they say they do not condone such bahavior (wink, wink, nod, nod).

The sad thing is that the GOP is actively engaged in the destruction of our Democracy and is actively aided and abetted by such as Limbaugh, Beck, Coulter and the other right wing talking heads.

The GOP will deny it, they will throw their hands up in pretend concern BUT they are the ones that have borrowed this nation into debt (more than 70% of our national debt was generated by Reagan, Bush and Bush. They are the ones that talk about fiscal responsibility BUT they are the ones that borrowed trillions to pay for tax cuts that are now costing us billions in interest which must be paid for by the middle class. A middle class that is disapearing I might add as a dkirect consequence of the GOP's role in shipping our manufacturing and support jobs overseas. The real GOP message to the American people is just bend over and say thank you after we're done.

Posted by: Freethotlib | March 21, 2010 1:23 PM | Report abuse

That's why the Republicans are in the mess they are in. The leaders- Pence, Boehner, etc., appologize for things that didn't happen.

www.breitbart.tv/kill-the-bill-video-from-health-care-protest-seems-to-be-slur-free/

Posted by: intrepid1776 | March 21, 2010 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Absolutely despicable.

The GOP are the cause of this and we really know what this is all about and it is not HEALTH CARE REFORM

Absolutely despicable.

Posted by: K2007 | March 21, 2010 1:21 PM | Report abuse

Was there any doubt that racists and homophobes were among the ranks of teapartiers?These people hate anyone that different,anyone thats a liberal, or even a moderate Democrat.They hate it that Obama won the election.Thats why they make up the birther nonsense.Anything that takes away his legitimacy.They want whites making the laws, and bibles back in the classrooms.They want Creationism taught in schools.They basically want a Christian Theocracy and civil rights repealed.Boehner said if the bill passes it will be Armmegedon, really John? Greater than the world wars, the Great Depression and the Korean War? The teapartiers are the Brownshirts of the gop. The shock troops.

Posted by: paprikaofm | March 21, 2010 1:21 PM | Report abuse

Where is the evidence of these alleged slurs? It seems to me that the Democrats continue to rely on big lies and false accusations to defame decent people who oppose the anti-Constitutional democrats who seem bent on bankrupting the US, and its taxpaying citizens. Sorry, Dems, this won't work.

Posted by: ecartr5 | March 21, 2010 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Screwjob11. The moniker says it all. As far as Screwjob and his kind are concerned there was and there is no such thing as racism. See, that's the underbelly of America.

Posted by: Genefox1 | March 21, 2010 1:19 PM | Report abuse

As much as being Teabagged may be enjoyable, I would forgo the pleasure if one of those scum outside the Capitol offered to show me how they do it.

Posted by: daweeni | March 21, 2010 1:16 PM | Report abuse

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Wow... did they put back their white hoods after that comment?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S38VioxnBaI

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Posted by: A-Voter | March 21, 2010 1:16 PM | Report abuse

Boehner says health care reform will ruin American, then the GOP turns around and denounces slurs?

These people say and do things that contradict their real underpinnings.

Posted by: Genefox1 | March 21, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse


"If I had footage showing Cleaver being spat upon I would post it here, but of course I don't, so I will just pretend that such a thing exists."

Liberal nitwit

Posted by: screwjob11 | March 21, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse

They were planted by Pelosi and her cronies.

Posted by: lacarids | March 21, 2010 1:14 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: A-Voter | March 21, 2010 1:14 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: A-Voter | March 21, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

THE STALINIST TEA-BAGGERS, are Tea-BIGOTS

What we Americans witnessed yesterday were those calling themselves "Tea Baggers" who resorted to the lowest form: BIGOTRY.

Hatred and Bigotry are what now defines "Tea Baggers" as TEA-BIGOTS.

They attacked one of this nation's most revered Civil Rights Heroes. And, by the way, there WILL be a response against the Tea-Bigots for that by those of us who are White Americans. We White Americans will NOT tolerate such bigotry without a proper response against the Tea-Bigots.

And, the "Tea-Bigots" are NOT "Populists." The Populist Movement of the early 1900's was based on basic needs: income, housing, food, employment, health, living conditions, working conditions, child labor, etc., that were addressed by the Progressives of that era from the mid, and central states of the nation, the breadbasket of America.

But, contrast that PROGRESS for all Americans to the outrageous conduct in the Longworth House Office Building by those moronic, hate-driven Tea-Bigots.

The "Tea-Bigots" just showed their hatred-filled hands for all time to ALL Americans. They are the STALINISTS of America similar to that of old Russia.

And, remember the results of that?

Posted by: gglenc | March 21, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

GOP denounce the attacks? Gee, you guys set the tone for this uncivilized behavior by people who supports your policy of NO.

Posted by: truth1 | March 21, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

WaPo hacks approach GOP legislators by saying "Congressman, AP news reports that a man was arrested for spitting on Rep. Cleaver. What is your reaction?".

Of course they oppose what they were told was true, what elected official wouldn't.

Then it turns out the story was bogus in the first place, that lying weasel Cleaver made up the story out of whole cloth and there was not arrest for a spitting incident, and all available videos show Cleaver NOT being spat upon. AP retracts the story.

Yet we still have the "GOP's reaction" and WaPo pitches that as a news story.

Posted by: screwjob11 | March 21, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

Republicans,
"You lie!"

Posted by: dudh | March 21, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: A-Voter | March 21, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

So according to the Republicans, if the tea-partyers" yelling anti-gay and racial epithets at lawmakers are "isolated" then everything is okay.

Now that's "reprehensible!"

Posted by: helloisanyoneoutthere | March 21, 2010 1:11 PM | Report abuse

screwjob11 wrote:

Prove that any person was arrested or even detained, by police, for spitting on Cleaver. Prove it. What was the man's name? Hmm?

Prove it, or shut up.
In a sea of hundreds of cameras, not one video or still photograph of anyone being spat upon.
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There are websites all over the internet, with that footage. If I gave the Link you wouldn't go to it, and you still wouldn't CARE.

You are the typical TEABAGGER, you HATE America, and You HATE Americans.

Posted by: austininc4 | March 21, 2010 1:10 PM | Report abuse

What is new with this? During the whole 2008 campaign, Republican campaign events were covered live that showed terrible statements being made that were basically hate speech. There was not much chastening of the crowds then. Why so alarmed at the words today? After the summer of 2009 with the Tea Party protests, why so alarmed at the slurs and bigotted behavior exhibited at a great many of these events?

I am reminded that what goes around comes around. Thank goodness that Democrats, even with their diversity, have remainded fairly civil lot. I cannot help but notice the basically almost totally white crowds that have made their protests known and in rancorous derision of our democratic process. They have refused to allow opposition voices to be heard.

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Posted by: A-Voter | March 21, 2010 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Video of the incident has now been posted on YouTube. No slurs. No spitting. In fact, one of Rep. Lewis' entourage is filming the whole thing with his cell phone. Where is HIS tape?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-SCs6pSE8_I&feature=player_embedded

Posted by: jeannebee | March 21, 2010 1:09 PM | Report abuse

They are OUTRAGED!!!!! Don't those tea baggers know that those sort of racist biggotted remarks are for closed door time only??????? How dare they expose the republicons/conservative movment for what it really is. How dare they remind the rest of the nation that the republicons are now and have been since they stood in opposition to Civil Rights, the new party of the Klan.

Posted by: John1263 | March 21, 2010 1:06 PM | Report abuse

Bailers wrote:
ar Democrats: Every comment you make about teabaggers is meant to dehuminize them and make them seem stupid. The only reason it is okay is that most of them are white. And don't forget, you are the party of anarchists, animal and earth right wackos that periodically burn stuff down in "protest". Your part houses these crazy people. Is that who you associate your party with?

Posted by: Bailers | March 21, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse
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To begin with, the teabaggers are the last of the white male domination of this country. the last of the oppressive white male power structure.
And they are howling the end of the road.

As for the protesters you are citing sound like those who protested in the 1960s. And if I am not mistaken, they became the aging teabaggers of today.

Posted by: vwcat | March 21, 2010 1:03 PM | Report abuse

Regardless of you GOP Teabaggers it's widely known that your whole Rallies were bought, and paid for by Health Insurance Companies and their Lobbyist who wanted to KILL The Health Care Reform Bill. We have PHOTOS of people from GEICO AUTO, and HEALTH EAST, as well as UNTIED HEALTH CARE...........

Explain that one huh?

Yet the Republicans would have us to believe this was so called 'GRASS ROOTS',
more like BOUGHT AND PAID FOR THUGS.

Posted by: austininc4 | March 21, 2010 1:03 PM | Report abuse

The Republicans have it good in both worlds. With the teabaggers they have a branch of their failed philosophy that can openly perform the anti-American, street mob attacks while having the ringleaders denouncing their actions.

Anyone heard from the Barbie branch of the Big Business Party recently?

Posted by: BigTrees | March 21, 2010 1:02 PM | Report abuse

Well these are the people who don't think Obama is a citizen or a christian. What did you expect from them? The really scary thing is that there are so many of them. Well at least all they're doing is spewing their hate-filled rhetoric instead of burning crosses and lynching people. For now at least they're not.

Posted by: ThomasFiore | March 21, 2010 1:02 PM | Report abuse


Prove that any person was arrested or even detained, by police, for spitting on Cleaver. Prove it. What was the man's name? Hmm?

Prove it, or shut up.

In a sea of hundreds of cameras, not one video or still photograph of anyone being spat upon.

Posted by: screwjob11 | March 21, 2010 1:01 PM | Report abuse

It's good to know that even Republicans sometimes, sort of, get embarrassed and have to sort of "apologize" for "isolated incidents." The incidents were isolated; to the location of black and gay Democratic legislators.

Posted by: ejs2 | March 21, 2010 1:00 PM | Report abuse

Last October, John McCain's campaign ousted a Buchanan County, Va.,campaign official, Bobby May, for writing a newspaper column that said that if Obama were elected he'd hire rapper Ludacris to paint the White House black and change the national anthem to the "Negro National Anthem" by James Weldon Johnson.

Diane Fedele, who was then the president of a Republican women's club in San Bernardino County, Calif., resigned last October after she sent out a newsletter with a drawing of Obama on a bogus food-stamp coupon surrounded by ribs, watermelon and fried chicken.

In June, South Carolina Republican activist Rusty DePass compared an escaped gorilla from a Columbia zoo to first lady Michelle Obama's ancestors.

In May, Sherri Goforth, an aide to Republican state Sen. Diane Black of Tennessee, sent an e-mail to Republican staffers showing the first 43 U.S. presidents in stately poses, but Obama's image, as the 44th president, was a pair of bright white cartoonish eyes on a black background.

Michelle Bachmann, the US Republican Representative for Minnesota, tells a radio interviewer she believes Barack Obama, the US president, plans to set up mandatory "re-education camps" to indoctrinate young Americans.

Glenn Beck, a television personality working at the Fox news network, says on the air that Obama is a "racist" with a "deep-seated hatred for white people".

Comparing Obama to Adolf Hitler, an Iowa man named Tom Eisenhower speaks up at a town hall meeting held by Republican Senator Charles Grassley, and says "The president of the United States, that's who you should be concerned about." "I'd take a gun to Washington if enough of you would go with me."

Retired FBI agent Ted Gunderson, a prolific writer and speaker about conspiracy theories involving devilish sex cults and the Illuminati, tells a gathering of right-wing "Patriots" in Florida that the federal government has set up 10,000 internment camps across the country and is storing thousands of guillotines for mass executions.

Mel Sanger, a self-described "political researcher", offers visitors to his website a $24.97-report full of "cutting edge evidence" that Obama is the biblical Antichrist.

Tens of thousands of right-wing demonstrators march on the US Capitol waving signs reading "Bury Obamacare with Kennedy" and calling Obama a "bloodsucking Muslim alien".

Steven Anderson, the pastor of the Faithful Word Baptist Church in Arizona, preached a sermon last month entitled "Why I hate Barack Obama", in which he declared, "I'm going to pray he dies and goes to hell".

There is a deep seated racism behind the many tea-party participents and many republicans who can't help themselves with their witchdoctor photoshops, their backwoods education and no-nothing party-of-no mentality.

Posted by: Taylorsucram | March 21, 2010 12:59 PM | Report abuse

Steele and others know they need to tread lightly with the Tea Bag movement, which isn't really much of a threat to Democrats.

I know Tea Baggers keep asserting their movement is made up of different political views, and maybe many of them actually believe that, but the vast majority are self-identified conservatives.

And they will undoubtedly start fielding more conservative candidates in Republican primaries to run against sitting Republicans that they consider to be "RINOs", thus splitting the conservative votes. It's not hard to see which party benefits.

Posted by: EnemyOfTheState | March 21, 2010 12:58 PM | Report abuse

"We have tried to tell the media over and over that these people are really just racists who are having a tantrum over the fact that a black man was elected president."

They're not listening to you primarily because you're projecting your own insecurities on other people, in turn making you say things that simply aren't true. Some may call you delusional, I think I'd say you're confused and angry.

Remember this:
For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: "If a man will not work, he shall not eat."
--2 Thessalonians 3:10

Posted by: Ombudsman1 | March 21, 2010 12:57 PM | Report abuse

Calm down, everyone.

Posted by: talitha1 | March 21, 2010 12:56 PM | Report abuse

It's a shame it took them so long to respond, and also a shame that they couldn't offer the apology/criticism until they were asked.

These people and actions are the creation of republicans like Bachmann, Pence, DeMint, et al. They made their beds.

It's absolutely pathetic - the words and actions themselves, and the republicans creation of the situation and their half-hearted reaction to it. This is the face of todays republican party. And they wonder why their numbers are dwindling?

Posted by: JilliB | March 21, 2010 12:55 PM | Report abuse

what those slurs proved is what has really been the reason they are screeching and protesting.
We have tried to tell the media over and over that these people are really just racists who are having a tantrum over the fact that a black man was elected president.
These people, for the most part, have no clue about the issues and facts.
What does the media think when the teabaggers wail about wanting their country back.
Back from Who???
The true face of these teabaggers was shown to the press finally. Now maybe they will stop the lame attempts to try to convince people they are just middle class folks who are really upset with spending.
Right.
If they were so upset where the hell were they for the 8 years of Bush's spending spree.
No. These people became a group when Obama was sworn into office. Right after that you started hear their tantrum and primal screaming that has not stopped.

Posted by: vwcat | March 21, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse

In every huge crowd there are a few who bad-mouth and show their ignorance. This does not mean they REPRESENT the crowd. To immediately label these people "tea-baggers" demonstrates the bigoted thoughts of those observing, not those foul-mouths who are yelling. This is a time of great turmoil in Washington. Those who claim to be shocked when people yell are not aware of the obvious. Congress should have anticipated this, the polls showed it, the media predicted it. Actually, the U.S. is not as revolutionary as most countries. What's the big problem?

Posted by: drzimmern1 | March 21, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse

1) Lying weasel Cleaver cries Jim Crow because Pelosi lacks votes.

2) WaPo hacks publish lying weasel Cleaver's craven accusation.

3) WaPo press goes to GOP legislators for their reaction.

4) AP retracts false story of spitting an arrest.

5) WaPo quietly removes original false story: now gone from their front page.

6) WaPo replaces original story with "reaction piece".

Posted by: screwjob11 | March 21, 2010 12:53 PM | Report abuse

Where were you ("I am a Republican by choice.") when bush was spending a billion and a half a week...yeah, that's accurate...on (in) Iraq and not paying for a dime of it since his massive tax cuts for the super wealthy?

Huh, where the hell were you?
You didn't complain one lousy bit about that billion and a half a week.

So what the hell are you pontificating about now?

Posted by: jato11 | March 21, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse

Inciters denounce effects of incitement???
Hey, I saw The Hammer strolling behind yesterday's curtain...

Posted by: sieghielinthaler | March 21, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse

Dear Washingtonpost: Please tell us what was said, not just vague statements of racist comments were made.

Dear Democrats: Every comment you make about teabaggers is meant to dehuminize them and make them seem stupid. The only reason it is okay is that most of them are white. And don't forget, you are the party of anarchists, animal and earth right wackos that periodically burn stuff down in "protest". Your part houses these crazy people. Is that who you associate your party with?

Posted by: Bailers | March 21, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse

What you won't hear from the GOP is, "We reject the support, financial or political, of those with racist views." Their tepid criticism of "isolated" incidents are a new version of Nixon's "Southern Strategy" which used code words and winks to undercut support for the Dixiecrat / George Wallace movement in order to capture the South and reactionary elements elsewhere for the Republican Party.

Posted by: webfreddes | March 21, 2010 12:51 PM | Report abuse

I am a Republican by choice. I left California because of the Pelaoi, Miller, Waxman, Berman, Waters, Beilenson (Yes, I'm dating myself) and quite a few others, who took the State down the road to being on the verge of bankruptcy.

Now these same people want to take the nation down the same road.

This issue isn't about barney Frank's or anybidy else's sexual preferences (unless you're a Republican and the press crucifies you).

Pealosi has threatened Bart Stupak with ethics charges, becuase of his stand on this matter. I am sure that the lawyers and the PI's for the Democratic Party have been making every effort to dig-up dirt on anybody who opposed this measure.

Frankly, just like "Cap & Tax," these morons need more money to support their constiuents who believe that we who work our collective butts off, need to support their union and po' shiftless and lazy constituents.

Well guess what. Elections are coming and all of your horsefeathers will come home to roost. No jobs and high unemployment means no income tax revenue. If you thought California's "Prop 13" was something, it was bu11shirt like this that cause the revolution of '78 in California ballot boxes and will cause the nexzt ballot box revolution in '10 and '12.

We take this country back, put individual responsibility back into the popuation and send these idiots packing.

Instead of focusing on the future, we have a monarch who is taking the fuits of our labor and giving it under the guise of "Obama's Cash frim Obama's Stash."

I have no call for those who incite personal attacks, but when itcomes to the dissemination of misinformation, backroom dealings, "quid-pro-quo" baloney and failure to understand the rule of "consent of the governed, where they think this bill is a turkey, something is terribly wrong.

1/2 trillion dollars is to be spent, fromn the Medicare Trust Fund, on people who refuse to improve themselves to pay for their own insurance. In 1972, the Trust fund was raided to pay for Medicaid.

There are a ton of people on Medicare and even more with the baby boomers coming up and there will be no money becuase of King Oboneheads shennigans.

We are soooo screwed. Is there not on member of congress who will stand-up of us? Have these members lost their way and have left seniors and those who work 55 hours weeks to cover for others who refuse to help themselves, except to stand in line for Obama cash.

I am ashamed that our system has become one for those who believe that America is now known as "Cash for Flunkers."

As I said, we are soooo screwed.

Posted by: Computer_Forensics_Expert_Computer_Expert_Witness | March 21, 2010 12:48 PM | Report abuse

Finally we can put to rest this notion -- perpetuated by the media -- that these tea party types are "average" Americans who have become fed up with the system in the last year. Let's call them what they are: right-wing fanatics and haters. They haven't turned against Obama and health care reform -- they've always hated Obama and have always been against everything he wants and everything the majority voted for in 2008. Political opposition has it's place in our country; racial and homophobic hatred does not. And these people call themselves "patriots."

Posted by: boston9 | March 21, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse

Under stress, Tea Party members shouting slurs have blown their cover and shown the true face of their movement, revealing their true nature and agenda. They couldn't care less about taxes, cap and trade, the deficit, or health care. They are extreme Right wing Racists and Bigots. They are what's left of the Republican party, name calling thugs. They are still enraged that a Black man was elected President, a man who will fight for the true rights of all --including Gays, Latino's and the poor. The Republicans used their Tea Party thugs in MA when they shouted support for Scott Brown and now tried to use them in DC. They hid their ugliness in MA, it was caught on tape in DC. The world is watching.

Posted by: vitaletti101 | March 21, 2010 12:46 PM | Report abuse


Based on the way this presidency is being run, it would not surprise me that those hurling the anti-gay and racial slurs are in in-fact in the employ of the White House. This WH shows they will step to the lowest of lows, and this is another example.All of a sudden the homophobes and rascists show up, on the weekend of this deathknell of America. BS. They are plants, and we know it. Just to give the MSM some way to try it to the civil rights movement for the vote. We know the truth. We know it is the everyday man/woman on the left that is there as well.

You're tryin to blow smoke up our rear Obama, WAPO.

Posted by: rscott251 | March 21, 2010 12:42 PM

Christ almighty you people are delusional.

Posted by: divi3 | March 21, 2010 12:46 PM | Report abuse

Just a matter of time till the truth about them came out.

No one should be surprised.

Posted by: jato11 | March 21, 2010 12:45 PM | Report abuse

Just a matter of time till the truth about them came out.

No one should be surprised.

Posted by: jato11 | March 21, 2010 12:45 PM | Report abuse

Quote of the day:

"When you deliberately raise a pit bull to be aggressive, you don't get to claim innocence when it bites somebody. This is your base, GOP! You created it, now you OWN IT!"

Posted by: thsomer | March 21, 2010 12:45 PM | Report abuse

Unfortunately, we have to endure three more years of the Tea Baggers.

Or, seven years if Obama is re-elected.

Because I have no doubt that the largely unspoken subtext for all of this anger - with code words like 'socialist' and 'Marxist,' and the 'birther' nonsense - is because we elected an African American president.

I could be wrong, and I hope that I am, because I'd like the country to be bigger than that.

Posted by: EnemyOfTheState | March 21, 2010 12:44 PM | Report abuse

These sentiments are not isolated and are what are driving the so-called Tea Party movement. Remember the States Rights party, which was nothing more than a cover for racists in the South.

Posted by: gtinla | March 21, 2010 12:42 PM | Report abuse

Does the racial name calling surprise anyone? It's going to be a natural course of events in a radicalized and volatile fringe group, stirred up by the GOP. Honestly, I don't even care for the GOP's apology, it's hipocritical and untrue. I don't believe it. Let's make them feel sorry in the next election, how about that?

Posted by: jc_abril | March 21, 2010 12:42 PM | Report abuse

Based on the way this presidency is being run, it would not surprise me that those hurling the anti-gay and racial slurs are in in-fact in the employ of the White House. This WH shows they will step to the lowest of lows, and this is another example.All of a sudden the homophobes and rascists show up, on the weekend of this deathknell of America. BS. They are plants, and we know it. Just to give the MSM some way to try it to the civil rights movement for the vote. We know the truth. We know it is the everyday man/woman on the left that is there as well.

You're tryin to blow smoke up our rear Obama, WAPO.

Posted by: rscott251 | March 21, 2010 12:42 PM | Report abuse

Having viewed both still photography and video of the incidents in question it seems that, while many of the demonstrators were peaceable and acting in accordance within their free speech rights, there were ugly and personal attacks made as well. Comments made on these message boards (from both sides) reveal a true breakdown in civility in a nation founded on plurality and common purpose.

And remember, even one act of overt violence spurred on by hate speech can have dire consequences. Timothy McVeigh, anyone?

Posted by: talitha1 | March 21, 2010 12:40 PM | Report abuse

Hey folks calm down.
They had no other way than to distance them from their own creation.
So do NOT attack them, let them simmer in their own mess.

Posted by: mixedbreed | March 21, 2010 12:39 PM | Report abuse

Notice that not one party leader tries to deny the allegations.

They send the goobers in to do that.

Posted by: Ms_Morgan | March 21, 2010 12:37 PM | Report abuse

If this is not affiliated with RETHUGLICANS, how come you have Rethuglicans Congress Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) and Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Tex.) out on the grounds talking to these evil demons while they were protesting?

Let's hold King and Gohmert accountable and tag them as racist!!!! I'm OUTRAGED!!!!

Posted by: clifton3 | March 21, 2010 12:37 PM | Report abuse


"The Cleaver-spitting story has turned out to be a complete fabrication so we shall now quietly bury this news item without issuing a retraction."

Your Editorial Staff

Posted by: screwjob11 | March 21, 2010 12:36 PM | Report abuse

House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio), said on NBC's "Meet the Press" that the "isolated incidents" were "reprehensible." WINK WINK NUDGE NUDGE

Posted by: tomdavred | March 21, 2010 12:36 PM | Report abuse

Hey screwjon11-
The dude was detained, but not arrested only because the congressman didn't press charges, you lying freak.
I bet you don't believe the holocaust happened either.
Thank God Tea Bagger bigots like you will rot in Hell.

Posted by: jeffc6578 | March 21, 2010 12:35 PM | Report abuse

I'm glad they've finally denounced it but their dismissing it as one of a few isolated incidents is denying what is very obvious. It's clear they're peddling a lot of fear and hate and what that leads to a child can predict.

You can't keep riling up a dog and expect it to never bite anyone. When the GOP stops pushing the hate buttons then their denunciations would have some meaning. As it stands, it's like puting a bandaid on a gaping wound.

Posted by: abigsam | March 21, 2010 12:35 PM | Report abuse

It is woderful to know what the Tea "Party" is made of (not tht I had any doubts). They didn't "get stupid" as it seems to be a chronic problem for them from the start. Let's see a violent uprising in 1776 starts a government where all the free men have the right to vote which inspires the Frenchmen and the slaves of many countries to do the same, thereby striking fear into the hearts of many Eurpopean leaders because no country has ever done such a thing. That is create a government that is run by all walks of male society (that isn't slave) which is to say America was the first socialist country. Further inspiring Marx and Engles to suggest that the rest of Europe follow suit but include women and when this comes back to America it is rejected because most men didn't want women to have political power and few slave holders were going to be as noble as the Founding Fathers of this country and free their slaves. QED these idiots have yet to be inspired by the Founders of this country. And it has been a long slow march.

Posted by: glenglish | March 21, 2010 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Why does the headline on this story read, "GOP Denounces Slurs?" Why is this allowed to reflect any credit whatsoever on the GOP? Every single one of those ignorant bigots was a GOP member, and they as a group have had their ignorance exploited and the fans of their racial bigotry fanned deliberately by the party.

The headline should have read, "GOP Pretends to Regret Slurs." It is a rather unfortunate fact that these TEA Partiers represent the very flower of the GOP, and are expressing views held by a majority of their supporters in many districts and by a large minority of their supporters in all others. The fact is, their leaders would rather not have this fact become generally known, and they regret the publicity, not the reprehensible sentiments, while still pursuing strategies to ensure that the reprehensible sentiments grow and expand.

Posted by: FergusonFoont | March 21, 2010 12:30 PM | Report abuse

Ah...the "ME" generation in all it's glory. Middle aged, pot-bellied, lily white and STILL convinced the government is the root of all evil. These are the same guys who burned their draft cards or scurried off to Canada to avoid the draft, they just were thinner and had more hair back then. It's still all about "what's in it for me"? or "I've got mine..you can't have any". I got my health care, too bad for you. And god forbid the government should touch "my" Medicare (a government run program from the get go by the way). The level of self involvement is truely astounding.

Posted by: Spookyshock | March 21, 2010 12:30 PM | Report abuse

I watched Steele on Meet the Press.
He spent most of the interview avoiding the subject, and obfuscating; he only finally denounced the tea baggers when he realized that this has legs and would be held against him.
These people will be the face of the tea bagger movement, and by extension the GOP, heading into 2012.

Posted by: jeffc6578 | March 21, 2010 12:28 PM | Report abuse

If the Congressmen were lying, as some of these comments claim, then what is the Republican Party denouncing as reprehensible? I don't think they're trying to distance themselves from something that didn't happen. It's a typical ploy: If it makes you look bad, argue that it didn't happen at all. But even the GOP isn't saying that!

Posted by: rbmurals | March 21, 2010 12:25 PM | Report abuse


Damnable lying weasel Emanuel Cleaver the race-baiting liar has already backed off his false charges. AP news has already retracted an earlier false report that someone had been arrested for spitting. It never happened.

No video = no such incident

Posted by: screwjob11 | March 21, 2010 12:24 PM | Report abuse

This is a common two-face political stunt. Use all the radical progadanda you can use to incite your radical minority....then distance yourself from the outcome.

Posted by: Libertarian1 | March 21, 2010 12:23 PM | Report abuse

It's interesting that this has gotten such low profile coverage in the Post. If they had dissed Obama's social secretary, this might hav ebeen interesting to you guys. Boehner's response was tardy and predicatbly tepid. On eneed only look at the teabaggers signs to know thatthis far from isolated. As in the Clinton administration, the GOP has happily encouraged (via Dick Armey in this case) all kinds of racist, fringe groups, with little media scrutiny (you guys care more about social secretary catfights, after all). When this comes to bloodshed, the Post will be predicatbly clueless and surprised.

Posted by: thebuckguy | March 21, 2010 12:23 PM | Report abuse

This is a common two-face political stunt. Use all the radical progadanda you can use to incite your radical minority....then distance yourself from the outcome.

Posted by: Libertarian1 | March 21, 2010 12:23 PM | Report abuse

How convenient to to deny their very own nature. Remember Senator Coburn praying for Byrd's death.

Posted by: bobbarnes | March 21, 2010 12:23 PM | Report abuse

Someone above posted a link of the video showing no slurs, and I was looking for a video and found others, none of which have slurs: http://libertarianrepublican.blogspot.com/2010/03/breaking-video-of-racial-slurs-at-tea.html

Does anyone have any video where there WERE slurs? from the videos I've seen there were sure a lot of cameras...

Posted by: sailingaway1 | March 21, 2010 12:21 PM | Report abuse

I recall some of the great Herblock cartoons attacking this very kind of hypocrisy. One of the great losses to the public debate is the essential disappearance of the great editorial cartoon.

I wonder what Herblock or Buchwald would say if they were still around...

Posted by: dcraven925 | March 21, 2010 12:20 PM | Report abuse

The Tea Partiers should just be honest with themselves and put on white pointy hoods and start burning crosses. It is so obvious they want to.

Posted by: FilmMD | March 21, 2010 12:18 PM | Report abuse

The Tea Partiers should just be honest with themselves and put on white pointy hoods and start burning crosses. It is so obvious they want to.

Posted by: FilmMD | March 21, 2010 12:17 PM | Report abuse

Their movement them.

Posted by: rlj611 | March 21, 2010 12:16 PM | Report abuse

I wouldn't spit on Boehner if he was on fire, but if I did, I'm quite sure he wouldn't consider it just "being stupid." Everybody who spat on those congressmen yesterday should have been arrested for ASSAULT, and I'd like to know why they weren't.

Posted by: solsticebelle | March 21, 2010 12:14 PM | Report abuse

Republican scum are condemning other Republican scum with a wink so hard that I fear their eyelids may become stuck.

I just hope the Left wakes up soon, and appreciates the favor the NRA has done them by protecting their right to bear arms.

Posted by: daweeni | March 21, 2010 12:14 PM | Report abuse

Whether they admit it or not, the GOP owns the tea partiers like FOX is their mouthpiece. And using racial tension has been a tactic of theirs since they rebuilt themselves over the split between the Democrats and the white South in the 60's. They really need to get this under control, because it's a self-built bomb that could very well blow up in their faces. By the middle of this century, white will be just another color in America and we're becoming more racially diverse everyday. And unless you agree with the epithets, you can't help but define this as embarassing and threatening.

Posted by: curtb | March 21, 2010 12:13 PM | Report abuse

It's reprehensible certainly, but it's common play from the GOP.

Posted by: anarcho-liberal-tarian | March 21, 2010 12:13 PM | Report abuse

Many of the "Tea Party" people were carrying crosses at their rally; sadly I don't think that many of them were asking "WWJD?" I often wonder whether these prople listen to the same sermons on Sunday as I do....

Posted by: theragingmoderate1 | March 21, 2010 12:13 PM | Report abuse

"The tea party gatherings have been peaceful and positive"

Oh yes - and we know all about that from the Town Hall meetings this past August. Right....

Posted by: hohandy1 | March 21, 2010 12:12 PM | Report abuse

So when will the Dems and the media step up and call out FOX, and the GOP? Like someone said earlier, this started with Newt. And guess what? It has worked for them at the expense of this country in countless ways. The past decade has shown that, unchecked, it is getting worse. FOX and the GOP (redundant) have tapped into the ignorance and hatred that we would all like to think no longer exist, but in fact make up more than half of this country. If it devolves and degrades this country, then it should be challenged and put down in the light of day and for all to see and learn from. Obama made a huge mistake by not shining a bright light on the GOP's crimes the moment he took office. People stood by Nixon until he was publicly exposed beyond any rational level of denial. The high road is not always what's called for.

Posted by: murphy7 | March 21, 2010 12:10 PM | Report abuse

Republicans DO NOT denounce racist and anti-gay slurs because this is how they fight! GOP have proven themselves incapable of civil debate or discussion without yelling, spitting and making derogatory remarks.

Posted by: MysteryMovesWashOut | March 21, 2010 12:07 PM | Report abuse

This whole thing is completely ridiculous. If it happened at all (and having attended much of the rally yesterday I didn't see anything except well behaved protesters, many with children), it was isolated. I cannot imagine that the level of hatred claimed is any different than would be seen at a Codepink, Moveon.org, or other lefty rally against Bush or the war. This is a distraction and the cheapest and easiest way to attend debate - allege racism, what's next - claim that all who oppose it are fascist/Nazis?

Posted by: publius88 | March 21, 2010 12:07 PM | Report abuse

I am reminded of the cliche that if you lie down with dogs you might get fleas. The GOP, in an attempt to gain votes, has courted and nurtured this group of radicals...what they have unleashed would be deemed treason if the left were ever to use similar tactics to protest a war, a corrupt regime or the Supreme Court...disgusting tactics for a civilized nation.

Posted by: TNbybirth | March 21, 2010 12:05 PM | Report abuse

Bigots! Freedom of speech is yours. Let the sick be your child and you can't afford insurance. You lose your home because of medical costs. Freedom of speech is yours.

Posted by: namlizzie | March 21, 2010 12:05 PM | Report abuse

This is not "isolated" but the standard operating behavior of Tea Baggers at every rally. Anti Obama racism is the hidden foundation of this movement.

Posted by: William_Holland | March 21, 2010 12:02 PM | Report abuse

Sadly, no one is really going to understand how divisive, hypocritical and immoral the Republican party has become until something really bad happens. They are instilling the same ideas and climate that prevailed in Nazi Germany. Believe me Socialism is not the real threat in this country it's prejudice, arrogance and elitism preached by the likes of Limbaugh and Beck who as we know control the Republican party. They will do anything to make money and gain power by appealing to the lowest common denominator in society through catch phrases and fear.

Posted by: imgibson | March 21, 2010 11:59 AM | Report abuse

Understatement of the year:

"What you had out there yesterday were a handful of people who just got stupid and said some ignorant things"

Posted by: Frazil | March 21, 2010 11:59 AM | Report abuse

I think it has come to the point where the people are feed up with the elected offical's not paying attention to the American voter. And this is the reason for name calling and spitting (Which I think is wrong) But offical's just are not paying attention to the people. Obama said the vote was not about him then he said that his presdent's office would be lost if the bill was not passed, which is it Obama??????

Posted by: drap1205 | March 21, 2010 11:58 AM | Report abuse

The isolated incident claim by Republican
leaders is ridiculous. There were thousands
of people in the crowds that participated.
The claim of Tea Party responsibility is
also incorrect. I saw many Republican signs and badges. I am 86 years old and until recently was a life long Republican.
What is going on now sickens me. That's why I am now unafilliated.

Posted by: etaylor37triadrrcom | March 21, 2010 11:58 AM | Report abuse

"Naturally", Republicans denounce racist and anti-gay slurs, but the sentiments are profoundly there.

Posted by: Shanan1 | March 21, 2010 11:58 AM | Report abuse


Are there any photos or videos of the perpetrators of these incidents?

It would be interesting to know if they are actual Tea Party participants, or left wing "plants" who are trying to discredit the protest.


The tea party gatherings have been peaceful and positive, with only a fore have been almost no ugIt bears empha

Posted by: junomoneta88 | March 21, 2010 11:57 AM | Report abuse

Them Tea Partiers wouldna been so mad if the convention leaders woulda let them swim in the cement pond! Plus, Elly Mae couldn'ta bring her critters.

Posted by: steveboyington | March 21, 2010 11:55 AM | Report abuse

The tea party has the potential of becoming a fringe group that will use more and more radical measures to gain attention. Racial epithets and spitting today and who knows what tomorrow.

This group will become an irritant to the Republican base. They are already apologizing for them and reprimanding them.

Posted by: citizen4truth1 | March 21, 2010 11:52 AM | Report abuse

Listen carefully as the black legislators enter the crowd and you'll hear the word "niggah" pretty plainly. These folks are ugly people in an ugly mood.

Posted by: ZenMan1 | March 21, 2010 11:50 AM | Report abuse

Palin's people

Posted by: mamoore1 | March 21, 2010 11:49 AM | Report abuse

Ah yes....that clip showed the entire rally so the Congressman had to have lied. No other way.

Posted by: 1fasthoo | March 21, 2010 11:48 AM | Report abuse

The Republican right has degenerated into the Ugliest Americans In History. Unfit to govern, unfit to participate, unfit to run, unfit to have over for dinner. Ugly, Ugly, Ugly. It all started with Newt.

Posted by: larry9 | March 21, 2010 11:48 AM | Report abuse

When you deliberately raise a pit bull to be aggressive, you don't get to claim innocence when it bites somebody.

This is YOUR BASE, GOP! You created it, now you OWN IT!

Posted by: OldUncleTom | March 21, 2010 11:48 AM | Report abuse

Mistakes were made. Not by anybody in particular, mind you. And nobody will be found culpable. But the spittle came from somewhere, as did the epithets, in a crowd of people opposed to helping "those people and people like them." It was an isolated incident. The whole bunch wouldn't dream of hocking up a wad and hurling it.

Posted by: BlueTwo1 | March 21, 2010 11:46 AM | Report abuse

Here is the video.

http://www.breitbart.tv/kill-the-bill-video-from-health-care-protest-seems-to-be-slur-free/"

Fox, along with the rest of the media reported "the congressman said..."

New headline should be "the congressman lied..."

Posted by: JCM-51 | March 21, 2010 11:42 AM | Report abuse

reprehensible? sure. Isolated? Not so much.

Posted by: summicron1 | March 21, 2010 11:40 AM | Report abuse

Check the pockets of the protestors and you will find Republican money in them. The Republicans have proven, time and time again, that no gutter is to low or too dirty for them to find "filth" to do their dirty work for them.

Posted by: miesque | March 21, 2010 11:28 AM | Report abuse

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