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Michael Steele's disgraceful comments on Tea Party epithets

Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele apparently will do anything to stay on the payroll, even if it means sacrificing his identity as a black man and disgracing himself in the process.

Saturday, some participants at the Tea Party rally on Capitol Hill allegedly yelled racial epithets at black members of Congress, hurled a homosexual slur at a gay member of the House and spat on a member of the Congressional Black Caucus.

As expected, Tea Party organizers and Republican leaders condemned the behavior -- as if they could do anything else. Steele, who loves to tout himself as the first African American chairman of the GOP, entered the fray Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press." He also chose to separate himself and the Republican Party not from the Tea Party that he loves, but -- referring to the slurs and epithet hurlers -- from "idiots out there saying stupid things."

Steele knows the words he should have used, but he couldn't bring himself to say them lest he offend the people who put -- and keep -- him where he is today.

The people who shouted the slurs weren't "idiots…saying stupid things."
They were racists and homophobic bigots uttering hateful and inflammatory language. They should have been called out as such.

Steele didn’t go that far because he knows they are part of the conservative base on which his party relies. And so must he, if he wants to keep getting a Republican Party paycheck…or is it 30 pieces of silver?

By Colbert King  | March 21, 2010; 6:17 PM ET
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Perhaps because the allegations are 100% unfounded and unproven, these folks owe us an apology.

In fact a video has surfaced that says nothing of the kind was done.

People were shouting kill the bill, nothing more.

Sad, but Dems will do anything to discredit the growing movement against socialism, even lying about a serious issue like racism.

Posted by: username | March 21, 2010 7:55 PM | Report abuse

People like "username", and other defenders of the tactics used by Tea Party activists on Capitol Hill, are shamefully disingenuous. They say that with so many cell phones and cameras around, "why is there no footage of the alleged slurs?" If such footage is provided, they will ask "where is the proof that this footage is authentic?". If irrefutable proof is provided that the footage is authentic, they'll say it doesn't matter anyway since Lewis is just a good for nothing n-----.

Even more than the racists, the apologists for hatred are the greatest threat to this unique and remarkable country, since their tolerance of intolerance provides the ignorant with the space to vent their vitriol.

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

What can be said about behavior like this?! It's a true reflection of the kind of know-nothing, throwback types who are proudly a part of this tea party movement. It's entirly understandable that tea party doctrine would appeal to them.

With blind fury they strike out, like an angry lynch mob. Their boundless ignorance is a kind of disease that has twisted and distorted reality. They live in a nether world of hatred and prejudice.

Posted by: rcairo | March 21, 2010 9:57 PM | Report abuse

teaBAGGERS. teaBAGGERS.

Posted by: jbirdisaturd | March 21, 2010 10:16 PM | Report abuse

This story is another example of lies used as liberal propaganda. I heard no epithets shouted, only "KILL THE BILL". The leadership of the democrat party and the media are lying in unison once again to the American people. I just don't understand how seemingly intelligent people can fall so completely for their dispicable lies and deceit. There should be no apology from anyone for misbehavior in DC yesterday because nothing wrong was done. The people there were rallying against oppression and they needed you to be there with them too. We all need to be engaged and aware of what is happening to our country. Hitler fooled a lot of people too. Don't let yourself be fooled by propaganda again. Search for the truth and never accept anything the media reports without confirming it yourself from sources you know you can trust. The mainstream media cannot and should not ever be trusted to tell you the truth. Did you hear that the police lined the streets armed with machine guns yesterday? Did you hear that a lot of congressman locked their office doors and would not let their contituents in to discuss their concerns about government "reform" of the health care system? Those things really happened in DC yesterday. The crowd shouting racial epithets did not.

Posted by: s2ssmith | March 21, 2010 11:30 PM | Report abuse

The report was from CNN first... and I believe that reporter - she has always reported exactly what she saw and heard.

I also believe the three Congressmen who reported the attacks...they are not liars, have no reason to lie.

Most importantly, this kind of behavior had been happening all through the Teabagger organization...ill concealed racism and bigotry, republicans refusing to distance themselves from it..since Palin arrived on the scene... since Nixon introduced his Southern Strategy, since Reagan arrived campaigning against poor black women...

A few days ago, every republican aspiring to run for any office showed up at the CPAC convention...and none got up and left or objected when Tom Tancredo, a retired republican congressman, said the only reason we have Barack Obama as President is because we did away with the literacy test for blacks to vote.

Everyone stood and applauded.

So why wouldn't the teabaggers feel permitted to show us their true colors?

Posted by: dutchess2 | March 21, 2010 11:55 PM | Report abuse

The Pee Party, Racist Right Extremists and the Born Again Idiot Bigots urinating Hate and Stupidity everywhere they go.

Fart Stupid and the Moron Cons should have been aborted along with the Guns Owned Party of Born Again Bigots, Fairy Tale Based Frauds, Pro Life Mass Murdering Serial Killing War Criminals and the National Right to Annihilate Gun Clinging Cowards. The RetardiCon Party of NO are full of Hypocrite Idiot Bigots.

Posted by: mawt | March 22, 2010 12:14 AM | Report abuse

INTRODUCTION TO GOP FISCAL POLICY

Spending $1 TRILLION DOLLARS of our TAX PAYERS MONEY to provide Education, Security, Health Care and Infrastructure to the people of Iraq is "A NOBLE CAUSE".

Doing the same for the people of the USA is "SOCIALISM”.

Posted by: austininc4 | March 22, 2010 12:16 AM | Report abuse

Dutchess, I thought you were joking, but

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u27YopczkF4&feature=related

Disturbing in so many ways...

Posted by: infojust4me | March 22, 2010 12:23 AM | Report abuse

Michael Steele is a bootlicker for the rightwing. He has no self-esteem,no honesty, no skills and no empathy for his own race. As a Maryland citizen, I am ashamed that such a man lives in my state. Perhaps he should move to Alabama or Oklahoma and see just how he would be treated there. He knows what the people he represents stand for and he has to be deaf and blind not to know that abject racism and obscene bigotry is alive and well in his party.
Tancredo is a small man and a big coward, because he would never stand before any black man face to face and utter the filth that comes out of his mouth. He is simply a disgrace to America and the republican party is stupid to protect him. I have seen and heard the rotten words uttered by these protesting rightwing supporters as some of them are members of my extended family. It makes me sick that they still live in their hatred of other human beings because of their skin color or ethnicity.I too believe the congressmen who were treated so vilely, but there is nothing I'd believe coming from Steele or any other screaming hyena on the right.

Posted by: papafritz571 | March 22, 2010 12:23 AM | Report abuse

Teabaggers = KKK 2.0

Posted by: hoberle | March 22, 2010 12:35 AM | Report abuse

2SSMITH, you're just another of the loudmouthed racist swine that make up the tbaggers. you don't know jack about what the "crowd" said, since you were there screaming your head off too. it's kind of hard to hear when your head is jammed up your a..s.. s

Posted by: memorybabe1 | March 22, 2010 12:37 AM | Report abuse

I have no idea why Steele defends the Tea Baggers. Their purpose is hatred of Blacks. Does he think they actually like him?

Posted by: Holcombe1 | March 22, 2010 12:44 AM | Report abuse

A few misguided people hurled insults to black congressmen and Barney Frank. That was wrong and was criticized by the larger group. Most of these people are honest, polite people who are concerned about the state of the nation. I realize it is a grassroots organization with no membership rules. However, I do believe that the serious ones, who are in the majority, should set some rules and determine that such behavior will not be tolerated and troublemakers are not invited to attend. It negates the power of the tea party which has really wakened and empowered this country. No one was listening until they began their appearances at important events.

The ultra liberals are taking the actions of a few misguided cranks and applying them to the thousands whose behavior is impeccable. If you are going to cite examples, tell the whole story; tell the truth.

Posted by: Kansas28 | March 22, 2010 12:44 AM | Report abuse

Steele know if he doesn't win one of the chamber of congress next election, he's toast. That's why he's relying on those bigots teabaggers. The healthcare victory will hopefully put these teabaggers, Steele and Republicans in their place.

REPUBLICANS JUST GOT WATERLOOED! NOT MY WORDS, BUT FROM CONSERVATIVE COLUMNIST DAVID FRUM.....WHERE IS JIM DEMINT?

http://www.frumforum.com/waterloo

Posted by: smithking1 | March 22, 2010 12:54 AM | Report abuse

Poor Michael Steele....he doesn't realize how much the teabaggers despise him because he's black and use they the "word" describing him when he's not in their presence. I really feel sorry for him, because he's just a token to the right wing.

Posted by: tuttlegroup | March 22, 2010 1:02 AM | Report abuse

The Republicans were in power for the last 8 years. They gave a surplus to rich republicans and called it a tax cut for the rich. We still don't know the real reason. They sent our brave soldiers off to war. We still don't know the real reason. They looked the other way when people were waiting out the storm in New Orleans. We still don't know the real reason. They looked the other way when the bankers were robbing their own banks. We still don't know the real reason. They looked the other way when millions of Americans were losing their homes. We still don't know the real reason. They looked the other way when millions of Americans were losing their jobs. We still don't know the real reason. They caused the worst recession since the great depression. We still don't know the real reason.

All we wanted from the Republcans was to keep us safe. They couldn't do that. We still don't know the real reason.

It's our turn now and we want health care for all Americans. Republicans are fighting against health care for all Americans.

Posted by: orionexpress | March 22, 2010 1:02 AM | Report abuse

One thing is not in dispute, tea party members are more than 99% white. The racist signs that they display during their mob rallies speaks for themselves. As for Michael Steel, Republicans are seeking to use him as they did Colin Powell. But Steel is no Colin Powell and Steel seems to be the last to realize that.

Posted by: onyx592 | March 22, 2010 1:03 AM | Report abuse

Is that an open secret of what that the teabaggers are just a bunch of racist haters? In fact, has anyone seen a single non-white teabagger?

Posted by: thor2 | March 22, 2010 1:05 AM | Report abuse

Actually, what happened is that the Tea Party organizer, Dale Robertson, was holding up a sign at the protest on Capitol Hill that had the message....“Congress = Slaveowner, Taxpayer = Niggar.”

See...Blog article with photo at the
Washington Independent...
http://washingtonindependent.com/73036/n-word-sign-dogs-would-be-tea-party-leader

Whether it was shouted or it was written on a sign...it's the same thing. What do u have to say about that?

Posted by: kitten2 | March 22, 2010 1:10 AM | Report abuse

I wonder how conservatives feel about signs that depict the President of the United States inside a coffin, with the words "Kill the Bill". These signs were very prominent at the rally. I don't care which President would be put in that picture. The image is inflammatory and hateful.

Posted by: Susan2010 | March 22, 2010 1:10 AM | Report abuse

Did you noticed how the upwardly raised right arms of the TEA Party members, who are 99% white remind you of the Nazi rallies of 1936. Is there a difference -- me think not.

Posted by: frederick2 | March 22, 2010 1:12 AM | Report abuse

Speaking of hateful and inflammatory signs...How about the one about "getting a browning" inciting gun violence if the Health care reform bill passes...
Think Progress.org has pictures of the actual signs...http://thinkprogress.org/2010/03/20/code-red-gun/

Sign said:

“Warning: If Brown can’t stop it, a Browning can,” referring to Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) and a Browning firearm.

Posted by: kitten2 | March 22, 2010 1:17 AM | Report abuse

You don't have to be a college graduate to realize 'teabaggers' are bigots of the highest order. And the Republican Party, once the 'Grand Old Party', nurtures these uneducated hateful morons.

I was raised in a 100% Republican family, and I'm still trying to get the stink off me.

Posted by: ethereal_reality | March 22, 2010 1:21 AM | Report abuse

Let's not forget the 2008 campaign, when several of Sarah Palin's fans (i.e. "fanatics") threatened to assassinate then-candidate Obama. When Axelrod confronted Davis on Sunday morning TV, the Republican campaign manager responded, "It's a free country, isn't it?"

Posted by: rbdave | March 22, 2010 1:34 AM | Report abuse

These loud, foul mouth, disruptive Tea Party types are acting like the brown shirt thugs in Germany in the 1920s and early 30s who paved the way for Hitler's rise to power.

Posted by: California_Jim | March 22, 2010 1:36 AM | Report abuse

Meanwhile, FauxNews has the following story:

The protesters were nothing more than a group of passionate fans of Uma Thurman, and they were merely shouting "Kill Bill."

Posted by: HughBriss | March 22, 2010 1:50 AM | Report abuse

The next Timothy McVeigh will probably come from these so called Tea Baggers.

Posted by: rkerg | March 22, 2010 1:52 AM | Report abuse

No, Steele doesn't have the backbone to call down bigots. It might upset some of the people on whom he depends for his job. Some people will sell their souls very cheaply.

Posted by: jaynashvil | March 22, 2010 1:57 AM | Report abuse

When Bush was in office I remember I was downtown and saw Democrat protesters against the war. I saw Democrats kicking cars, spitting on the windows with little children watching and throwing the finger. A protester even relieved himself on the street corner on passing cars while getting cheers from those protesting with him. Then they started harassing the people crossing the street. Everyone was a target. We heard nothing about it in the news. When we did, the MSM said they were having fun at a festival. You want to talk about disgraceful. Looking the other way is disgraceful. Steele never does that. Does the MSM? All the time.

Posted by: houstonian | March 22, 2010 2:05 AM | Report abuse

Anyone who stood there protesting while the slurs were hurled but didn't open their mouths to tell the idiots to shut up are just as guilty of being racist bigots as the ones calling names.

If you want people to see you as legitimate you would take a stand.

Posted by: AverageJane | March 22, 2010 2:06 AM | Report abuse

wow. if these teabaggers really said or did those things then they need major help. it's not even necessary. and i've met many decent republicans, but such behavior just makes them all look bad. it's pathetic.

Posted by: chia09 | March 22, 2010 2:17 AM | Report abuse

Retired General Colin Powell, who could have won the nomination and probably the presidency in either 1996 or 2000 had he wanted to, gently backed off and decided not to seek it.

I suspect this had as much to do with elders in the Republican Party quiety urging General Powell not to upset the racist base of the party lest he cause a massive realignment of the political parties, as much as it did with his wife being afraid of an assassination.

Assassination by whom? Liberals in the Democratic Party? Hardly.

Unfortunately, the general listened to these despicable whispers and chose not to run for the nomination of what was once Abraham Lincoln's party.

Posted by: sthomas1957 | March 22, 2010 2:28 AM | Report abuse

onyx592 - "One thing is not in dispute, tea party members are more than 99% white."

Nope, you have a lot of boiling mad Hispanics, Asians as well. What is true is blacks still hold blind tribal allegiance to the Democrat Party - even if the prime beneficiaries of Party patronage in terms of high appointments and serious government contracts happen to be white women & Jews.

=======================
"The next Timothy McVeigh will probably come from these so called Tea Baggers.
Posted by: rkerg"

And the next Rosenbergs and Major Hasans will come from the liberal ranks.

What else is new?

Posted by: ChrisFord1 | March 22, 2010 2:41 AM | Report abuse

The spitting incident was witnessed by reporters. The posters threatening the use of a gun to kill the passage is self evident. It is more of the same they have done all hear, taken to new heights.

There is so much disgrace among Republicans, including this clown, Steele. One would have thought the disgrace of the past 2 terms and the devastation they wrought would have been enough. But, this last year beats all.

Sooner or later, something really vile will happen. I think they all came too close to the Halls of Congress today. Some reeking of alcohol. How is it known none had guns? Law enforcement has been far too tolerant of them and as for their leaders, the Reublicans and the entire right wing in media, as well, you are a disgrace to this country and you display all that you claim to be in protest against. You personify it. You are the enemy, your own worst enemy.

Posted by: nana4 | March 22, 2010 2:51 AM | Report abuse

I agree with Mike Steele. They were just idiots. Even if they don't like darkeys and gays they can call them whatever they want in America...that is the right to Freedom of Speech. But don't let Obama hear you. roflmao

Posted by: junglejamm | March 22, 2010 2:53 AM | Report abuse

I live in Florida, a benighted state if there ever was one. Barack Obama took office in late January of 2009; the tea-baggers were out on street corners no later than February. Whatever agenda they had, they certainly weren't giving Obama a chance to even find out what it was.

All of which doesn't matter - they are a bunch of unconstructed, unrepentant racists, pure and simple - Obama, as an African-American, is apparently much of their problem. Tea-baggers can't stand having an African-American as President.

There really aren't very many of the tea-baggers, but they make a lot of noise - there's an old saying that an empty barrel makes the most noise, as indeed they do.

One never wants to take any movement for granted, but so what? I used to live in New England - I will do so again - Florida is a land of unconstructed racists who are still fighting the Civil War.

In New England, the one person in Town Meeting - not so-called "Town Halls", but real Town Meeting, the purest form of democracy there is - that one person in opposition was ALWAYS the loudest and his shouting was of the: "I'm gonna hold my breath until I turn blue" type. So what?

Tea-baggers are racist, first and foremost. One hopes, as they should, that they will go down in flames - and sooner, rather than later. They are getting really tiresome and one is getting heartily sick and tired of them.

Posted by: TheWizard1 | March 22, 2010 3:09 AM | Report abuse

I'm sick of the kettle calling the firetruck black. It's the Democrats and others who are so filled with hate. Why else would they throw around a homophobic phrase like "teabagger" without wincing? The same group who laugh and laugh at racist cartoon depicting Condoleezza Rice. The same group who want to lynch Michael Steele, because.... he condemned the racists. My God, you all are despicable.

Posted by: shecallsmemoe | March 22, 2010 3:38 AM | Report abuse

Yes, Mr. King, we get it. If a black man doesn't think exactly like you, he's not really black. A man who doesn't not like scrambled eggs as much as you do? Why, he's an Uncle Tom. He doesn't drive a Ford Taurus? Hell, he forfeits his color. If he doesn't go around calling everyone racist? He might as well be white.

Posted by: shecallsmemoe | March 22, 2010 3:43 AM | Report abuse

"The next Timothy McVeigh will probably come from these so called Tea Baggers."

Posted by: rkerg | March 22, 2010 1:52 AM

Amen! And what will these Republican leaders have to say then?

A fragile mind needs little incentive to cause mahem. The recent incident at the Pentagon is proof of that fact.

Posted by: hakafos44 | March 22, 2010 3:48 AM | Report abuse

Colbert king is the overseer on the Democratic Plantation! Black people will know the history of the klan loving, slave owning democrats someday. And when that day comes, and its coming soon, Colbert King will be the Black person, that Black people despise.

Colbert King is the one who get his paycheck from the masters at the Washington Post and the democrats who own and advocate policies that destroy Black Americans in all cities where democrats are in charge.

Colbert King is the real disgrace to his race!

Posted by: JeffreyM23 | March 22, 2010 3:53 AM | Report abuse

I don't care what your pokitics, etc. is name-calling is bad, wrong and lacking in class and intelligence. We all can express our opinions without going to the gutter.

Just because someone didn't hear it or see it doesn't mean that it didn't happen. I did see a replay of the spit and if Cong. John Lewis said that someone used the n word then I do believe the likes of that honorable man. Yes, Colby, Stelle should have used stronger language to explain the verbal attack and spitting.

Posted by: GerriM | March 22, 2010 3:58 AM | Report abuse

so... you're attacking Steele for not using the exact words you want him to use to refer to people using words you don't like?

Who, exactly, do you think you are, King?

Posted by: privacy3 | March 22, 2010 4:10 AM | Report abuse

Steele has indeed sold his soul to the right wing elements in this country---people, who if they had their way wouldn't even allow him in the same building. If these reactionary elements had their way, they would repeal the 1964 Civil Rights Act and the 1965 Voting RIght Act.

Posted by: mlipsius | March 22, 2010 4:16 AM | Report abuse

Look at what's happened to the Party of Lincoln. He must be spinning in his grave.

As for Steele, he's shown himself to be a real shoeshine boy house negro. Just like Clarence Thomas.

Posted by: ceefer66 | March 22, 2010 4:27 AM | Report abuse

Michael Steele is a white trash racist's idea of what every black man should be. Michael Steele is a traitor, an oreo, an Uncle Tom and a disgrace to his race. He's the type of black man that would pick up his white master's feces.

Posted by: andycyber | March 22, 2010 4:29 AM | Report abuse

Michael Steele is a Patriot. If anyone said anything, I will believe it was an implant until proven otherwise. Actually, I do not believe any of this happened. The dems and Obama do not know how to do anything except lie.

Posted by: annnort | March 22, 2010 4:50 AM | Report abuse

Interesting how many of the “Progressive Noisemakers” view of a racial incident is constantly lased with bigoted comments.

Posted by: WeThePeopleofVirginia | March 22, 2010 5:07 AM | Report abuse

First let me be clear,The Tea Party People are the most decent people you will ever meet. Second these so called racial slurs etc.. were not Tea Party people they were far left people trying to make Tea Party people look bad, we got rid of most of them but some were still amongst the crowd. This is a shame that these people stooped so low as to infiltrate and try to make us look bad.One we kicked out carried a KKK flag. We are a America of one and represent most walks of life here in the U.S. God Bless America and the Freedom Loving Tea Party.

Posted by: annieandpauldonovan | March 22, 2010 5:22 AM | Report abuse

It's King who's is making "disgraceful comments." To think that calling someone a racist or a homophobe would be stronger than callin him an idiot just shows King's warped grasp of language and culture.

Posted by: gmdim | March 22, 2010 5:30 AM | Report abuse

Michael Steele may be a disgrace but he's the Republican Party's disgrace. In a way, it's a fantastic scenario having an African American as the head of the Republican Party and another African American as President of the United States. In a weird way, race gets cancelled out and you get to see the contrast between a mob of junkyard dogs led by an appointed servile figurehead and a government led by an an authentic elected leader.

Posted by: knowscience | March 22, 2010 5:31 AM | Report abuse

God Bless America,We have voted and I will take my medicine, for it did not go my way. However it will go my way in November. I hope these people will take there medicine as easily as myself. I just hope we can have some programing on television without seeing the president 24/7. Please give it a rest now that you have gotten what you want , give us some peace and quite. Stop the campaign already.It's been four years now.

Posted by: annieandpauldonovan | March 22, 2010 5:32 AM | Report abuse


It seems to me that, as a percentage, the white people make the least amount of noise of all groups. When the whites do complain, rightfully so, about being taken advantage of, they are racist. If the white people weren't so benevolent, the other groups "would still be getting our coffee"---Bill Clinton.

Get over yourselves. Everyone is equal.

White persons, percent, 2008 (a) 79.8%

Black persons, percent, 2008 (a) 12.8%

American Indian and Alaska Native persons, percent, 2008 (a) 1.0%

Asian persons, percent, 2008 (a) 4.5%

Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander, percent, 2008 (a) 0.2%

Persons reporting two or more races, percent, 2008 1.7%

Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin, percent, 2008 (b) 15.4%

White persons not Hispanic, percent, 2008 65.6%

Posted by: charlietuna666 | March 22, 2010 5:45 AM | Report abuse

We are grateful that all of the people who enjoy government run health care, medicare and veterans health plans, now will allow other Americans to share the benefits of good health insurance. Can the brown shirts please go away.

Posted by: dhense | March 22, 2010 6:00 AM | Report abuse

Shades of 1963 when the nuts on the right did Dallas. What is wrong with these people? The Republican party is a disgrace and going to bed with the right wing will cost them in November.Out with the Repubicans

Posted by: 1set | March 22, 2010 6:09 AM | Report abuse

Yes..like no liberals have ever slurred anyone. Schoolyard tactics of both sides. Cant hide behind it forever, democrats. Let all the hoopla of yesterday evening sink in to the tax payers and those concerned about national debt, let alone the reality of a executive order scam that the Stooge-pac group accepted. Mid term elections 2010 - this is what change WILL look like.

Posted by: dcwca | March 22, 2010 6:16 AM | Report abuse

The Tea Pary likes to hate things & enjoys being angry about stuff. It's a simple enough fact that I was able to make a google news section with 'tea party hate' as the key words.

Posted by: Nymous | March 22, 2010 6:24 AM | Report abuse

These tea party folk try desperately to hide their blatantly racist attitudes with pious statements feigning outrage and remorse at the actions of the few "fools and idiots" in their midst who would utter such disgraceful remarks. No matter how hard you try, that dog won't hunt! Tom Tancredo's racist rant opening your event drew loud boisterous cheers and extended applause from the crowd, clearly demonstrating the underlying racial bigotry in the majority of tea party attendees. It is sad, these folks seem to feel entitled to dictate to the majority even as their numbers shrink. Lead on by lunatics like Rush Limpaugh and weeping Glenn Beck the minority have lost any sense of rationality. Republicans refuse to participate in governance, demanding a full stop, nothing can occur in the United States until they resume control. But you were thrown out because you totally fouled up the country, bankrupted the treasury, almost bringing us into a second Great Depression yet you do nothing but obstruct, lie and mislead the poor tea party folks who just want to turn the clock back to a time past that they believe was safe, sane and very white!

Posted by: trbajaz | March 22, 2010 6:31 AM | Report abuse

Ah, BELIEF is so much stronger then facts.

Posted by: kparc1212 | March 22, 2010 6:32 AM | Report abuse

username wrote: "Perhaps because the allegations are 100% unfounded and unproven, these folks owe us an apology."

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Funny how "username" posts a 100% unfounded and unproven allegation to disprove his theoretical unfounded and unproven allegation, and to elicit an apology from someone.

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In fact a video has surfaced that says nothing of the kind was done.

Please post the URL of this "factual" video when you post a "fact". It really gives you and everyone the ability to talk in facts, not hearsay.

Posted by: swatkins1 | March 22, 2010 6:36 AM | Report abuse

Mr. Steele is a shameful political puppet, and this kind of balls-less behavior as a MAN who should have been offended by those idiots. Call them out Michael for goodness sake, you confused GOP employee... It's a new day, and you ought to know by now.

Posted by: Tobor58 | March 22, 2010 6:37 AM | Report abuse

Too bad that King and the rest of the liberal hypocrites never distanced themselves from the liberal bigots at anti-war protests.

http://www.zombietime.com/hall_of_shame/

Posted by: bobmoses | March 22, 2010 7:06 AM | Report abuse

"Michael Steele is a white trash racist's idea of what every black man should be. Michael Steele is a traitor, an oreo, an Uncle Tom and a disgrace to his race. He's the type of black man that would pick up his white master's feces.

Posted by: andycyber"

Ahh. Another tolerant liberal. Please oh liberal hypocrite, tell us how to be civil like you.

Posted by: bobmoses | March 22, 2010 7:07 AM | Report abuse

I'm no great fan of Mr. Steele, but I can't think of a better word than "idiot" with which to describe bigots and homophobes. At least none that can be posted here.

Posted by: andrew23boyle | March 22, 2010 7:15 AM | Report abuse

Mr. King has had a productive and honorable career, in part because he has managed more or less to keep a lid on this kind of raw, embittered special pleading for his own particular racial/ethnic group. It is beneath his usual standards to accuse the RNC Chairman of being motivated by his "paycheck" and to use the I'm-a-real-black-man-and-you-aren't card. I'm going to believe that this item was written in a moment of uncontrollable rage and that Mr. King will revert to his normal more responsible and self-disciplined mode of bearing himself hereafter.

Posted by: miglefitz | March 22, 2010 7:18 AM | Report abuse

King, I've listened to your hateful rants for years and continue to wonder why such a hate-breeder like you gets space in a national paper or on the air. I wouldn't work for an organization that allows someone with such hateful opinions as yourself to put them on the air. Shame on the Post and Shame on the radio station that puts you on the air. Your Pulitzer was a joke from a liberal media. The people that said those hateful things should be called out and disgraced sure, but your continual employment is a disgrace also.

Posted by: steven7753 | March 22, 2010 7:23 AM | Report abuse

Please read ultra conservative David Frum's assessment of the health care debate and vote.

http://www.frumforum.com/waterloo

Really interesting. He says Republicans shot themselves in the foot.

Posted by: dcinnercity | March 22, 2010 7:23 AM | Report abuse

As a senior citizen, I am ashamed of the hypocrisy, bigotry and racism shown by the Tea Baggers. Hypocrisy - most of the crowds shown at the Tea Bagger hate-fests appear to be seniors who have Medicare, yet they rail against "government" takeover of health care. If they are so set against government health care, then they need to turn in their Medicare cards and pay for their own care.

Seeing very, very few minority faces in the crowds of Baggers is disturbing. Only the chosen few seem to attend the marches and rallies. Baggers are not inclusive, even as the Republican Party is not inclusive.

We have a process in place for government, which includes Congress. Now it appears that in Congress we have senators and representatives who have no respect for us, the voters they represent, the country or themselves. Shame!

Posted by: Utahreb | March 22, 2010 7:26 AM | Report abuse

Dear Mr. King,
I must admit they do sound like idiots saying stupid things to me. These folks will enjoy the benefits of the health care overhaul as much as anyone. Some, many of them, should be on their knees thanking God that what may befall them in the future will not ruin or bankrupt them---because of these people--black, white, gay, straight--who could care? They hold your lives in their hands and have proven themselves able.

Shame on these truly despicable nasty people. More, shame on the media for giving them so much coverage.
Where were you when we agonized over the possibility of losing our health care? Things like that are not dramatic enough for tv coverage, but they are just as real. I would say, more real, because we live with them.

Posted by: martina2 | March 22, 2010 7:35 AM | Report abuse

Here we go again. whites are all racist blacks could never be racist.

Posted by: think11 | March 22, 2010 7:45 AM | Report abuse

The arthur of this article is the rascist. This video proved Democrat plants were the source of the slurs.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9OlQNoqCzm8

Black people always lie to cover up other blacks

Posted by: ToddPollard | March 22, 2010 7:52 AM | Report abuse

Michael Steele is a strong leader who neither deserves or merits this type of criticism. Steele strongly took issue with any slurs or rude behavior by any healthcare reform protestor. He is in my opinion a critical irreplaceable component for Republican victories in 2010 and 2012. Steele is one of our sharpest leaders and Colbert King should seek another false target to be the object of his professional jealousy.

I have not observed Colbert's criticisms when Democrats have basically said we make our own rules and exhibited poor decorum. His voice has been basically silent.

We Republicans are proud of our chairman Michael Steele.

Dr. Alan Phillips

Posted by: ctw46 | March 22, 2010 7:55 AM | Report abuse

Flash news to King and most of the rest of you: we have (or used to uphold, once upon a time) what's called a Constitution that guarantees "free speech." Have no idea what the "idiots" shouted (or didn't shout), but they have every "right" to shout it. It's the most integral part of exactly what this country stands for...or used to. Get over yourselves. Never heard of "sticks and stones..."? Who cares what they shouted? It's just a radical fringe, and we've had those forever...on any number of issues.

Unfortunately, so many in this country have become so rigidly stuck on trying to dictate what they think is "politically correct" that we're losing the concept of "freedom of expression"...sad, really. I'm not a Republican, but trying to minutely dissect what Steele said, and slam him for not saying something else, is pretty condescending and, well, stupid. He had every right to express whatever he wanted to say, in the way in which he wanted to say it. To suggest that anything (good or bad) would have happened if Steele had used other terms is patently ridiculous. It meant nothing.

Posted by: Rigged | March 22, 2010 8:07 AM | Report abuse

he arthur of this article is the rascist. This video proved Democrat plants were the source of the slurs.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9OlQNoqCzm8

Black people always lie to cover up other blacks

Posted by: ToddPollard
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Wow, some redneck filming HIS TV NEWS is evidence?

He makes no sense, uses circular logic, and is overwhelming made by a dude in a tinfoil hat...

Way to go, Mr Dullard

Posted by: kreator6996 | March 22, 2010 8:13 AM | Report abuse

The comments to this article indicate that ""idiots…saying stupid things" and/or "racists and homophobic bigots uttering hateful and inflammatory language" isn't limited to the Tea Party protesters.

Posted by: jobro1 | March 22, 2010 8:18 AM | Report abuse

In fact, I loved the video of him and the Rhoomba vacuum...

Posted by: kreator6996 | March 22, 2010 8:19 AM | Report abuse

I'm sick of the kettle calling the firetruck black. It's the Democrats and others who are so filled with hate. Why else would they throw around a homophobic phrase like "teabagger" without wincing? The same group who laugh and laugh at racist cartoon depicting Condoleezza Rice. The same group who want to lynch Michael Steele, because.... he condemned the racists. My God, you all are despicable.

Posted by: shecallsmemoe | March 22, 2010 3:38 AM

Odd you would just assume it was a homosexual practice. It's like your brain could imagine nothing but two men preforming this stunt. I guess that's just how some people think. Good luck shecallsmemoe coming to terms with your sexuality.

Posted by: mack1 | March 22, 2010 8:22 AM | Report abuse

Lord, I just pray to you that you afflict all these Teabaggers and their families with life-threatening diseases. Please, God, answer my prayers. Thank you.

Posted by: sachancp | March 22, 2010 8:23 AM | Report abuse

The guy with the video of "proof" of a democratic plant (Provided by ToddPollard)
is a absolute goldmine!

He has like6 websites..
He sells natural "health products"
He sells wine
He sells...Maxi Pads...yes

He's just a lazy redneck that registered 6 domains and tries to sell junk to idiots over the internet

Great source!

Posted by: kreator6996 | March 22, 2010 8:23 AM | Report abuse

Just call him "Uncle Mike" and leave it at that.

Posted by: anyone_for_discourse | March 22, 2010 8:24 AM | Report abuse


Michael Steele is 'touting' that he is a black man. I believe Nancy Pelosi touts her gender as House Speaker. Barack Obama is biracial and he hides this and no one gives him a hard time about that. If the Republicans were doing all the things in this article then they are exactly like Democrats.

The Democrats and Republicans are equally at fault for our toxic Earth.

Posted by: wyojimmy | March 22, 2010 8:25 AM | Report abuse

Mr. King,
Your position is all about being a black victim. Mr. Steele may be able to dismiss the alleged slurs because he is about being a successful American man.

Posted by: ACTIONBIAS | March 22, 2010 8:29 AM | Report abuse

King has an interesting use of words. For example, he writes "allegedly" yet writes on as if what he describes as fact. Second, he derides Mr. Steele, with "What else would he be expected to say?" Third, he critices Steele for "sacrificing his identity as a black man," suggesting perhaps that Mr. Steele should come out with guns blazing at the slightest hint that an anti-black comment was allegedly made by some unknown person.
Is Mr. King's identity as a black man asserted by magnifying uncertified episodes alledgedly emanating from a crowd of pink-colored people? Who's the racist here?

Posted by: Rodin | March 22, 2010 8:35 AM | Report abuse

obama could give away a million free nascar tickets and those idiots would still find something to protest about. freedom isn't free. my father gave his life for this country, and those jerks still whine about having to pay taxes, any taxes. PAY YOUR DAMN SHARE AND SHUT UP ALREADY!

Posted by: MarilynManson | March 22, 2010 8:36 AM | Report abuse

Mr. King,
Your position is all about being a black victim. Mr. Steele may be able to dismiss the alleged slurs because he is about being a successful American man.
****************************************

Successful at.....
What?

Shucking and jivin for the cameras talkin about "hip hop" republicans?

Challenging Limbaugh (rightfully) and then running with his tail between his legs?

The fact that as recently as 2 weeks ago, GOP leaders where grumbling about Steele and wanted him replaced?

Posted by: kreator6996 | March 22, 2010 8:41 AM | Report abuse

Why is ok to Hate the Haters? This Jazzy Jones here doesn't like being labelled but is more than eager to label those he himself hates and also associate them without any evidence to support his accusation to a movement that he is opposed to. ( I don't know what Jazzy Jones should imply... there's no listing in the Urban Dictionary - I just made it up so I could join in on the Labelling fun ).
Yes, it's very ignorant to call people names but how did Michael Steele disgrace himself? When I read that headline, I thought for sure the article was going to tell me that Michael Steele must have defended the "Racists" and "Bigots" and wished for an even bigger Loogie to have been hoisted upon the unfortunate soul who was spat upon. Ewwwww. That's gross, by the way.

Posted by: palmettostatesman | March 22, 2010 8:44 AM | Report abuse

Steele = Show Me The Votes!

Posted by: beenthere3 | March 22, 2010 8:45 AM | Report abuse

Uncle?

Posted by: Please_Fix_VAs_Roads | March 22, 2010 8:46 AM | Report abuse

Racism and gay-haters come in all shapes, sizes, political parties, and races. For some reason, this whole country has the idea that only Republicans fit that bill, but I spent 28 years living in an almost totally Democratic city, in a housing complex that was all white (I left only a few years ago), an area that continuously reported gay-beatings, and the N-word is still used today in that area by whites, and it is not used in jest. They hate blacks. I tried ignoring them. I tried to dissuade them. I tried not participating in the conversations. And finally I moved.

I now live in a heavily Republican community, in a housing complex that is racially mixed, with many different languages spoken, with multi-racial families, and quite a few same-sex relationships. Every day neighbors get together and just have fun, meet in local restaurants for meals, stop on the street to chat. Color and sexual preference do not seem to be a problem here.

And there are many blacks who did not vote for the man in office. Those that I know who did vote for him, did so because they wanted a black man in that office, not because of anything he stood for. Those are the same ones who now wonder exactly what the voted for.

The gays in this area prefer to keep their sex lives private behind closed doors. They prefer that we keep our own sexual preferences private also. Good advice, I think.

I don't have a problem with placing labels on people as long as you get the label right. There is no label that sticks so well as a true one, and no label that fails so quickly as a false one.

Posted by: whisperonthewind | March 22, 2010 8:48 AM | Report abuse

Are the democrats any less guilty of the same thing? Nothing was ever done about Jim Moran making anti Semitic comments over the years under Bush; heck he is bashing some of his own voting base with that.

Posted by: flonzy3 | March 22, 2010 8:55 AM | Report abuse

What a shame that racism and bigotry has reared its ugly head. But when you sow the wind, you reap a whirlwind. For decades the Republicans have exploited the unreconstructed racists in this country, especially those in the South for political gain. Now they have become the prisoners of their own captives.

Posted by: go4it | March 22, 2010 8:55 AM | Report abuse

Negroes like Michael Steele have been around for a very long time. They were often the first to get roles in Hollywood movies (acting as door mats and servants of the allegedly white master or mistress). Then the roles progressed to jive talk, sex and sexual violence as well as criminality. Seldom did we see representation in movies portraying the many achievements of Black people beyond the aforementioned realms and some areas of music and sport. Harry Belafonte and Muhammed Ali are just two Black men who have been as consistent in their abhorence of racism through the ages whether it was the White America brand or that of Apartheid South Africa. There were many others who took their position just as there were some negroes who appeared to empathise with and represent the views of the racist oppressor.

Michael Steele is one such negro and will probably remain so until he becomes too worn by age for us to reasonably respond to him. Hopefully he is selling his soul for sums that would make his self degrading activity worthwhile to him. Racist whites must be gleefull to own such a tool. To me he seems a bit like David Duke albeit with a bit more formal education so that he knows that what he is doing is highly immoral but too profitable financially to be left to some other Stepanfetchit.

Posted by: Draesop | March 22, 2010 8:57 AM | Report abuse

It seems to me that, as a percentage, the white people make the least amount of noise of all groups. When the whites do complain, rightfully so, about being taken advantage of, they are racist. If the white people weren't so benevolent, the other groups "would still be getting our coffee"---Bill Clinton.

Get over yourselves. Everyone is equal.


White persons, percent, 2008 (a) 79.8%

Black persons, percent, 2008 (a) 12.8%

American Indian and Alaska Native persons, percent, 2008 (a) 1.0%

Asian persons, percent, 2008 (a) 4.5%

Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander, percent, 2008 (a) 0.2%

Persons reporting two or more races, percent, 2008 1.7%

Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin, percent, 2008 (b) 15.4%

White persons not Hispanic, percent, 2008 65.6%


Posted by: charlietuna666 | March 22, 2010 5:45 AM | Report abuse
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That's the problem with the extreme right and their defenders like charlieTuna666, they think everyone is as stupid as they- if yo do the math, his stat's can't be correct 31% non-white. 79% white=110%

Posted by: interactidiomas | March 22, 2010 9:00 AM | Report abuse

The Democrats probably paid some Acorn people to attend the protests and throw out racial epitahs. They have been playing the race card and getting away with it for years now. Obviously the Republican Party has it's share of bigots but so does any other party. I listened to Michael Steeles' comments and they were perfectly appropriate. Shame on you the writer for your own use of racism to drive the liberal agenda.

Posted by: redhairsara | March 22, 2010 9:07 AM | Report abuse

When all else fails, cry "racism". Disgusting.

Posted by: DenisH | March 22, 2010 9:14 AM | Report abuse

Maybe the folks shouting obscene things were really libs/progressive/Dems/SEIU/ACORN people trying to make the Tea Party folks look bad....the purple SEIU progressives have done that before so don't think they won't continue to do so.

And, what's so bad about saying their comments were stupid???

Libs/progressives/Dems just want to keep that racist gravy train going don't they?

Posted by: Christian1941 | March 22, 2010 9:23 AM | Report abuse

The roudiest Tea Party event is far more polite than the crowds of thugs who protest conservative speakers at many universities or the people who protest every international trade conference. Tea party events have never been violent like leftist protests.

Posted by: jfv123 | March 22, 2010 9:28 AM | Report abuse

Kansas28

Nonest polite people?

After the shouting and disrespect they've been showing at the Town Halls? The threats and racism they've been spewing, the hatred they evidence, pure hateful racism..

In this country, if you hang out with dogs, you get fleas... and if you hang out with racist haters, you're a racist hater.

Posted by: dutchess2 | March 22, 2010 9:29 AM | Report abuse

Steele will unboubtedly defend the Repukican Congressman who yelled "baby killer" at Stupak while he was making his final remarks during the passage of the bill. Do not know who the offender was, but it was heard loud and clear. It is the
short fuses such as this un-named congressman, AND the Tea Partiers, who are
carrying the mantra that the conservative,
repukican party embrace. It is my fervent hope that the whole disgusting bunch indeed continue to blatantly show the American people just how vile their mantra is. This will solidify the re-election of
Democrats across this country, which will assure that great changes like HCR will
keep rolling along. 225 DAYS UNTIL SWEET TUESDAY!!!!!!!!!!! GO OBAMA!!!! GO DEMS!!!

Posted by: patriotgmalou | March 22, 2010 9:29 AM | Report abuse

The roudiest Tea Party event is far more polite than the crowds of thugs who protest conservative speakers at many universities or the people who protest every international trade conference. Tea party events have never been violent like leftist protests.

Posted by: jfv123 | March 22, 2010 9:29 AM | Report abuse

I so enjoy when the libs validate their total lack of intelligence on issues. IF some folks in particlar yelled racial or homophobic comments - they own them - NOT THE ENTIRE MOVEMENT you dumb a##es. The comments are wrong and were summarily condemned by Republican leadership and Michael Steele. For the libs, it is more useful to have the entire oppostion dismissed. This once again shows the fear this movement has instilled into the socialist left. GO TEA PARTY/BAGGERS GO!

Posted by: fink09 | March 22, 2010 9:30 AM | Report abuse

The washing post actually pays this guy King ?

Posted by: votingrevolution | March 22, 2010 9:30 AM | Report abuse

The sad thing for this country is the teabaggers are gavanized by racist hate...and they are bought and paid for by republican activists like Dick Armey...

They don't even know it.

But they are tainting the republicans with 400 years of slavery and lack of humanity for their fellow Americans...

And the republicans don't even know that.

Posted by: dutchess2 | March 22, 2010 9:33 AM | Report abuse

Yep folks, and those slurs were hurled by those who steadfastly "want their country back" - if that's representative of "their country", I hope it's dead and buried. Civilized US citizens don't act in such a way, not today.

Absolutely pathetic. There was also no voluntary denouncement of the actions - not until asked did Republicans comment. That's pathetic, but very telling about todays republican party.

Posted by: NotFooledTX | March 22, 2010 9:33 AM | Report abuse

Yep folks, and those slurs were hurled by those who steadfastly "want their country back" - if that's representative of "their country", I hope it's dead and buried. Civilized US citizens don't act in such a way, not today.

Absolutely pathetic. There was also no voluntary denouncement of the actions - not until asked did Republicans comment. It's pathetic, but very telling about todays republican party.

Posted by: NotFooledTX | March 22, 2010 9:35 AM | Report abuse

charlietuna666

So what you're saying is before you even get to the democrats, you got 28% of the total population abused, dissed, denigrated by racist slurs from republicans against blacks and Hispanics..

I don't see republicans making any great changes with those stats.

Once you know what someone is, you don't forget.

Posted by: dutchess2 | March 22, 2010 9:35 AM | Report abuse

Kansas28,

You said " I realize it is a grassroots organization with no membership rules. However, I do believe that the serious ones, who are in the majority, should set some rules and determine that such behavior will not be tolerated and troublemakers are not invited to attend."

That sounds reasonable - but the reality is Tea Party rude behaviour has been going on for months and months! If someone was going to excercise reasonable leadership and promote a civil manner at Tea Party confrontations they surely would have by now.

As far as it being a grass roots organization... if it were - what you suggest might have happended. The fact that the hooliganism remains after all this time argues that it is no more than a set up by the right wing to do the dirty work for the republican party... and nothing more.

Posted by: mini1071 | March 22, 2010 9:37 AM | Report abuse

Racists, bigots and homophobes need a political party too and I guess the Republican Party provides the big tent for them. However, the fact that the Republican Party is their big tent and not some small fringe party gives one pause. It would certainly be difficult for Michael Steele to truly bash the Republican Party's base of support with his comments even though it is awkward. However, he could hardly have attained his position without navigating awkward places. It is just a shame that this kind of thing is happening in a party whose first President was Abraham Lincoln.

Posted by: csd426 | March 22, 2010 9:38 AM | Report abuse

Teabaggers are just Ku Klux Klaners without their sheets.

Posted by: rmljr1 | March 22, 2010 9:39 AM | Report abuse

"even if it means sacrificing his identity as a black man"

It's just a shame that in this day and age black men still get told they are supposed to think a certain way because of their race.

Posted by: laker_one | March 22, 2010 9:41 AM | Report abuse

It's almost going to be more newsworthy when he doesn't act like a freak

Posted by: Nymous | March 22, 2010 9:44 AM | Report abuse

Whoa, Nelly! Sour grapes abound!

Posted by: hoser3 | March 22, 2010 9:44 AM | Report abuse

I think this column is great, but far too soft in its criticism of Steele and the tea nuts and Republicans who dishonored the progress we have made in recent decades to abandon the old hateful prejudices.

GOP= the party of sore winners ansd sore losers!

Posted by: enough3 | March 22, 2010 9:45 AM | Report abuse

annieandpauldonovan-SORRY!!!!!!!! As soon as Thursday or Friday of this week, our President Obama will begin a sweep of the
country to rally Americans and carry his message of hope and change for this country. His vision and resolve is the strength of this counry, and even you will have to admit that in November. He won't be hiding, out of touch with the people, like Tricky Dick and Dubya were for 8 years. He will be welcomed and championed all over this country, just like he was during his campaign for the
office he now holds. Get used to seeing him
blazing a trail for the awesome voice of the people on November 2nd.

Posted by: patriotgmalou | March 22, 2010 9:47 AM | Report abuse

Tea parties are a playtime activity for little girls who want to pretend they are all grown up.

So, except for the hatred, bigotry and vitriol, the Tea Party people actually picked a pretty good name for themselves.

Posted by: tomguy1 | March 22, 2010 9:50 AM | Report abuse

The democrats just sold America down the river and you worry about some idiots using bad words. And who did they come from? You don't know it was a Tea Party member, but you are quick to blame.
It might have been some of your friends from SEIU or paid agitators to make the Patriots look bad.

Posted by: piot1979 | March 22, 2010 9:51 AM | Report abuse

Steele is a disgrace.

Posted by: adrienne_najjar | March 22, 2010 9:52 AM | Report abuse

So sad. All someone has to do these days is trot out the "someone yelled something racist at me" boogeyman, and everyone believes it.

No proof need be provided, no evidence, video or otherwise, we just accept as fact a completely unverifiable incident because it feeds a narrative.

And then, when the video comes out, several of them in fact, proving that this accusation was completely fabricated, the media feels no obligation to correct their mistakes.

Hell of a country we are turning into.

It is nauseating.

Posted by: etpietro | March 22, 2010 9:54 AM | Report abuse

The GOP can have Michael Steele for all I care. He wants to step and fetch for those extreme right-wing nuts be my guest it's America he can do what he wants.

He knows deep down he sacrificed his identity, integrity and proud African American heritage. He knows too well the folks providing the funding for his GOP pay-check are the very ones calling him, his family, and his race the "N" word.

He's a black man wearing minstrel "black face" for the GOP to look "accepting" to other racially diverse Americans for support and votes.

Posted by: PrincePoP | March 22, 2010 9:55 AM | Report abuse

"When all else fails, cry "racism". Disgusting." Posted by: DenisH

In case you didn't notice "all else" did not fail. It was the vitriolic Tea Baggers who failed!

Posted by: tomguy1 | March 22, 2010 9:56 AM | Report abuse

The more the Tea Party shoots off it's mouth, the more clear they show who they really are: A bunch of scared, small-minded white folks who can stand that the world is changing without their permission.

Posted by: jckdoors | March 22, 2010 10:03 AM | Report abuse

What really amazes me is that so many conservatives and near-right-wingers (as well as the credulous talking heads of the media) were citing Obama's election as proof that the USA was now a "post-racial" nation.

Sadly, the healthcare "debate" showed that the vitriol, violent rhetoric, and outright racial and sexual bias of the GOP-baggers knows no bounds. It is a past, present and future cancer on the body politic, and on the soul of our nation.

Shame on those who hate people for the color of their skin, and on those who pardon them for their hatred.

Posted by: leftcoastblue | March 22, 2010 10:03 AM | Report abuse

everyone is a racist if they do not use the whiners choice of words. get a life fool

Posted by: pofinpa | March 22, 2010 10:05 AM | Report abuse

Bravo Colbert, you are my new hero of the moment, which is quite an honor considering the attention span that politics demands these days. There are all those 30 second sound bites that could make or break our nation you know. I am particularly moved by your comments on Steele. He is the epitomy of me politics, a denier of the benefits he used to get where he is to anyone else. I agree, he and Judas Iscariot would be soul brothers, no pun intended.

Posted by: mikekrohde | March 22, 2010 10:07 AM | Report abuse

Look, there haven't been reports of racist slurs at every tea party event, so why would the media make this up now? It's just typical of the paranoia and self-righteousness on the right.

The tea party movement didn't start with the first stimulus package. It started with the crowds that went to see Sarah Palin in the '08 campaign and screamed racial slurs at those events. It's the same people who booed John McCain on election night when he suggested, in his concession speech, that we ought to all appreciate the historical moment of electing a non-white president.

Tea partiers: quit 'giving in' to political correctness -- we know how much you despise p.c. culture. You are mostly unreconstructed bigots and you cannot pretend to be otherwise.

Posted by: biograph19851 | March 22, 2010 10:08 AM | Report abuse

The actions demonstrated clearly prove that the veneer of equality is so very thin. The only thing missing were the white hoods.

Posted by: helper54 | March 22, 2010 10:12 AM | Report abuse

Michael Steele's role in the Republican Party is obvious and that, in and of itself, should outrage black folks.

Posted by: unpluggedboodah | March 22, 2010 10:12 AM | Report abuse

Once again the entire discussion is railroaded off topic by those who perpetrate provocative discourse in order to solicit a response. Think about it (I know it's asking a lot): Congressmen and Senators have no problem sending your children off to be killed or maimed wasting their lives in wars that exist only because of them, and yet, should they be exposed to criticism in the form of "harsh language" there is a national outcry. I suggest that a serious disconnect exists between what you read, how you act and the way this country is run. Wake up and take your country back while it's still your country.

Posted by: beachbear | March 22, 2010 10:13 AM | Report abuse

Imagine being so self hating and insecure for your $ and social position that you can stand there as M Steele does... lie you azz off; all for an ideology designed to keep corporations and the wealthy on top which relies on telling the populous "we hate nigggers too". He like Clarence Thomas is a traitor and a disgrace.

For a list of all uncle Toms you may venture here.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_African-American_Republicans

Blacks have no business what so ever in the Republican party in any way shape or form. This has been true since Johnson.

Posted by: veronihilverius | March 22, 2010 10:21 AM | Report abuse

Just a reminder to those who might be tempted to vote Republican in November: the teapartiers turned the health care reform "debate" into a circus with the support of the Republican party. Any Republican you vote for is therefore complicit.

Posted by: jlhare1 | March 22, 2010 10:23 AM | Report abuse

Mr. King you're right on the money!!! First, Michael Steele is the IDIOT!! I can't help but wonder "How does this Black Man's mind tick. Second, the tea party gang -- as one Congressman indicated - he hadn't seen such behavior since the 1960's - Guess What - they never left - the election of Barack Obama just woke them up. It didn't matter to them how much the Bush Adm. allowed the debt to go up, But when Obama attempts to do things that good for the American people - they woke up and got busy. This behavior was evident at the Town Halls -- which the media tries to blame their behavior on the economy and "the want their country back" BS -- THEY WANT OBAMA OUT OF THE WHITE HOUSE.

Posted by: phyllisr5 | March 22, 2010 10:23 AM | Report abuse

several reporters and respected members of congress witness the incident.

someone has one video which didn't catch it.

obviously it didn't happen.

there's proof that evolution has a way to go.

Posted by: JoeT1 | March 22, 2010 10:24 AM | Report abuse

This is news to you Colbert? Heh, I can get you two tickets to an "intimate salon" featuring movers and shakers, White House insiders, and members of the Washington Post editorial staff at the Chevy Chase home of Post publisher Katherine Weymouth really cheap. Hurry up! They are moving fast!

Posted by: SoCali | March 22, 2010 10:24 AM | Report abuse

Colbert King wrote: even if it means sacrificing his identity as a black man.

And pray tell Colbert, what is this "Black Man Identity" you speak of? Renting a mercedes, buying a house in PGC, strutting around in aligator shoes or putting on the "Jive Brother" act? When you get a handle on this black man identity you speak of, could you fill me in?

Posted by: biffgrifftheoneandonly | March 22, 2010 10:25 AM | Report abuse

Liberal racist always get a pass such as the entertainer JZ who's racist rant on election night was ignored by the Liberal Media. He is a part owner of the NJ Nets. Why is he allowed to be minority owner when Rush Limbaush was not allowed to be a minority owner of a NFL Franchise. Two sets of rules and it will always be that way. No outrage when Latino's marched in our street calling White Americans every name in the book. The left has always and will continue to use the race card. That's been their MO since day one. Those same Black Congressman who claimed they were called the N word are the same who are sitting back and saying nothing while the President allows milliion of Latino's to take African American jobs at record pace? They are dishonest and we now see it's pure political. Just another in a long line of nothing stories in the Washington Compost. Liberals Suck!!

Posted by: Cobra2 | March 22, 2010 10:33 AM | Report abuse

Civil War II by 2012.

Get used to it...

Posted by: pmendez | March 22, 2010 10:33 AM | Report abuse

I like the comment above... Tea Baggers =- KKK 2.0

Posted by: CardFan | March 22, 2010 10:34 AM | Report abuse

sachancp wrote: "Lord, I just pray to you that you afflict all these Teabaggers and their families with life-threatening diseases. Please, God, answer my prayers. Thank you."

I would never pray such a thing, but as one deeply affected by serious illness and the short-comings of the current health care system(they are many, and the results are often devastating to families)I would rather pray that when some of these folks fall upon such hard times(statisfically, this is a given), then the good Lord will humble them as they hit the safety net they have so loudly and nastily railed again. AndI hope they realize then that the only reason they can afford their medicine, food, and arent evicted from their homes at that terrible time is the very thing they wish now to deny others.

It is not just the indigent who need help, but ordinary working middle-class families who are one slip on the ice or heart attack or pink slip away from losing everything. And they don't even know this. But if serious illness befalls you and you can no longer work and you lose your health care due to pre-existing conditions, you would find out what life is really like in a hurry. May
God forgive you and spare you this heartbreak.

Posted by: martina2 | March 22, 2010 10:34 AM | Report abuse

BLACK PEOPLE KNOW WHY M.STEELE CHAIRS THE COMMITTEE. GOP IS SO OUTDATED THEY THINK A TOKEN BLACK CAN ATTRACT OTHER BLACKS. THEY DID THIS WITH CLARENCE THOMAS. THOMAS IS EXACTLY WHAT THEY WANTED. WE CALLED THEM "UNCLE TOM". THEY STILL ARE. I'M NOT SURE STEELE IS AN UNCLE TOM OR AN OPPORTUNIST. UNCLE TOM'S DO NOT MAKE INDEPENDENT DECISIONS.
STEEL HAS DONE MANY THINGS TO UPSET THE PARTY. HE DOES BRING IN THE MONEY. I BELIEVE THAT AT THE MOST OPPORTUNE TIME FOR STEEL, HE WILL PUBLISH HIS KNOW ALL, TELL ALL BOOK AND MAKE MONEY.
HE SEEMS TO BE COMMITTED TO HIS OWN CAUSE. HE ONLY NEEDS TO DO AS OTHER BLACKS IN HIS SITUATION HAVE DONE SINCE SLAVERY, THAT IS, NEVER TO APPEAR SMARTER THAN THE MASTER.

Posted by: sm98yth | March 22, 2010 10:34 AM | Report abuse

There's clearly a racist element in the Tea Party, as well as other elements -- libertarian, for example -- and no one with any credibility denies it. The GOP leadership needs to show some adult leadership and call down those elements. If the leadership won't play the adults, then the GOP deserves to be shamed by its worst elements.

Posted by: cturtle1 | March 22, 2010 10:38 AM | Report abuse

Steele is a proponent of the Tea Party movement. This is another signal that he is APART from the party that he presumably
leads. This is another signal that the
party he leads is fractured. The misleading
idea that the party he leads is a cohesive unit is laughable. Yes, they are cohesive in their endeavors to derail the President, they are cohesive in their racist hatred of the President, they are
cohesive in their disgusting support of the rich getting and staying richer. However, they are not cohesive in the control over their constituents, for they
are running amok. Posters on this forum are a good example of this.

Posted by: patriotgmalou | March 22, 2010 10:38 AM | Report abuse

When I watch video clips of the antics of the teabaggers, I look for African Americans. Other than the two or three African Americans whom I saw among the town hall meeting protestors last summer, I have not seen one African American person in the crowds of teabaggers protesting health care reform with their insulting signs, slogans, and epithets. Seems to me that racism is a theme that commentators are reluctant to talk about. Also, I'd like to read an analysis of where these virulent folks come from: from the counties that went for John McCain? Elsewhere? My Ohio relatives voted for McCain and strongly oppose health care reform, but they're not spitting on African American legislators or shouting "baby killer" at Bart Stupak.

Posted by: mjgeer518 | March 22, 2010 10:39 AM | Report abuse

Those awful Tea Party People will be in charge come November. Enjoy your short time in power as it's comming to and end for decades to come. Would like to thank all those dumbas_ young Obama supporters for agreeing to take on the huge burden of debt this nation faces next 30 years. So work hard young folks as prosperity just flew out the window for your generation. Don't remember the outrage from King when his fellow African Americans threw Oreo Cookies at Michael Steele or when the Liberal media depicted Dr. Rice as Aunt Jemimah. Liberals Suck!

Posted by: Cobra2 | March 22, 2010 10:43 AM | Report abuse

Let me see if I got this right. Even if a few racists or homophobes in the crowd were shouting not nice things, why then is the movement labeled? identify the offenders, weed them out, and call thigs what they are. The movement is not racist, but members of it are. Not all liberals are stupid, but many members of it are. I don't go around saying all liberals are stupid.

Posted by: jay441 | March 22, 2010 10:43 AM | Report abuse

What I want to know is why you never see large numbers of Blacks, Hispanics or Asians at Tea Party events. During the past year and a half I've been to the Inauguration, a Space Shuttle launch, Bourbon Street for the Super Bowl and just came back from watching the NCAA tournament in Las Vegas. At all these events there were people of every race and nationality getting along and having a good time. Why don't you see the same diversity at Tea Party events, and does this lack of diversity reflective of the Tea Party's backlash agenda against non whites.

Posted by: oorfenegro | March 22, 2010 10:45 AM | Report abuse

Perhaps because the allegations are 100% unfounded and unproven, these folks owe us an apology.

In fact a video has surfaced that says nothing of the kind was done.

People were shouting kill the bill, nothing more.

Sad, but Dems will do anything to discredit the growing movement against socialism, even lying about a serious issue like racism.

Posted by: username | March 21, 2010 7:55 PM | Report abuse
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Let me guess... You've also got video from Auschwitz proving no one was murdered there. How does the air smell up there?

Posted by: KJR1 | March 22, 2010 10:45 AM | Report abuse

Mr. King, if you call these people racists and homophobes, then please remember to call Mr. Obama and Mr. Emanuel bigots toward people with intellectual disabilities. They felt comfortable mocking the Special Olympics and using profanity laced "retarded". Their apologies don't change the fact that they said it and therefore they must believe it.

Posted by: heidijt | March 22, 2010 10:46 AM | Report abuse

Let's just cut to the chase. Blacks are tokens for the Democratic Party. They can't think for themselves. Millions of their men are locked up. Millions of Fathers who don't raise their children. Millions more who are drug addicts and gang bangers. King needs to write articles about why his African Brothers are the worst among us. Blacks are becoming irrelevant. Latino's are pushing them out of their own neighborhoods and you hear not a word from the race hustlers Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton. Like I said, Blacks are becoming irrelevant so who cares. Liberals Suck!

Posted by: Cobra2 | March 22, 2010 10:47 AM | Report abuse

My fellow countrymen...
I watched Michael Steele and I think he did the best he could do. IF there were racial epithets and homosexual slurs directed at Congress members then that behavior should be condemned and he did just that. Now, take a look at all the hate being spewed here! There is no way you can hang this hatefulness just on Tea Partiers! Looks like there is plenty of it to go around.

Tea Partiers and all Americans should be disgusted with the way this was handled. We should all be protesting the year-long one-sided process that yeilded a 2700 page monstrosity of earmarks, backroom deals, dead-of-night votes, special exemptions, huge government expansion and other chicanery that the entire Congress continues to deploy in their efforts to secure their own job. You seem to think that as long as you are getting a handout it's A-OK. But, who do you think is going to pay for all of this? Our children and grandchildren! Econ 101: there is no free lunch! All this will do is continue to depress our job markets and prospects for business expansion...except of course for the big insurance and drug companies! Doesn't it bother you that they are going along with this? Your freedom is what is at stake and you better wake up and smell the rats. This government is just too big and too complex to be looking out for the little guy. It is totally invested in big business and big labor. Join a Tea Party while you still can!

Posted by: Cynic007 | March 22, 2010 10:48 AM | Report abuse

What a bunch of NEOCOMMIE blather! Playing the RACE-CARD in the most dispicable way is standard operating procedure here in the Washington Post Opium Den/Echo Chamber. Whats new?? I have more faith in the integrity of the Tea Party protestors them all of the NEOCOMMIE "Democrats" on the Hill. November will come.

Posted by: MDDem1 | March 22, 2010 10:49 AM | Report abuse

C. King, couldn't have said it better. How he sat there and listen to the hatred being slung at our race, our ancestors, our history is beyond me. Forget the millions that died so he could be where he is today, let the hateful and ignorant spit on them, Steele could car less.

Those weren't idots is right, they were people with hatred in their hearts that meant every word they said and knew exactly what they said.

But it's okay, When they are done with Steele, they will sell him off to the next master, and he will go willingly. But like OJ he will need his people one day, and we will take him in and help him heal and so the cycle goes on.

Posted by: love2much SE | March 22, 2010 10:50 AM | Report abuse

Look, teabaggers. We all know that a sizable percentage of you are racists. Whether it's 20 or 40 or 80 percent is irrelevant at the moment.

What you've got to do now is make a choice. Are you going to either keep the racists and their rhetoric in or are you going to kick them out?

I understand that this teaparty thing is kind of a big tent. You've got all kinds. But you can decide that some things, like racism, aren't acceptable or conducive to your goals. You could tell people to knock it off at public events because it makes you look really bad.

Or you could decide everyone else is wrong for finding racist behavior abhorrent, and see how that works for you. Your pick.

Posted by: bigbrother1 | March 22, 2010 10:51 AM | Report abuse

Well, there's no doubt that Obama is the new HILTER!!! We have much to fear. Remember, it was right after Hitler was elected in a free, open democratic election that he provided health care to 20 million Jews. This is EXACTLY like that!!! I thank Rush for helping me to see this clear cut analogy. It's people like him that help us sort the crap from the truth in this debate.

Posted by: lectricbass | March 22, 2010 10:52 AM | Report abuse

So FoxNews reported that this happened, but some of the people posting comments here are saying that it's a fabrication of the liberal media. Is FoxNews part of the liberal media? Steele and Rep. Boehner didn't deny that it happened, and they are part of the GOP leadership. Are they also part of the liberal conspiracy?

Right-wing conservative extremists will paint themselves into a corner if they continue with same tactics they have been using in recent years. It's sad that they are sucking the GOP down the drain with them as they go. I used to be a member...

Posted by: dritchie57 | March 22, 2010 10:53 AM | Report abuse

The Tea Party people are nothing more than extreamists whipped up by FOX. I am frankly sick of the media treating them as a legitimate movement. They have proven themselves to be racist and homophobic. But this is just the tip of the iceburg. Underlying the TP message is a sleathing anger at anyone they disagree with. the TP would rather see our country ripped to shreads than pay their fair share of taxes. I think this is just the beginning of the story with TP abusive tactics. Violence and guns may be next.

Posted by: cdp326 | March 22, 2010 10:54 AM | Report abuse

Yeah, and that Holocaust thing never happened either.

Posted by: neilmckenna | March 22, 2010 10:56 AM | Report abuse

Yeah, and that Holocaust thing never happened either.

Posted by: neilmckenna | March 22, 2010 10:57 AM | Report abuse

"Perhaps because the allegations are 100% unfounded and unproven, these folks owe us an apology."

Um, Politico is reporting that their reporters heard Barney Frank being called anti-gay slurs.

And CNN is reporting that their cameraman heard the anti-black slurs.

Politico is pretty right wing, so there's simply no way you can say they are making this up.

Plus, of course, the US Capitol Police arrested the guy that spit. They don't usually go around arresting people for nothing.

So there are quite a few witnesses. Unless, of course, you are challenging the word of the US Capitol Police. Are you?

Posted by: Hillman1 | March 22, 2010 10:58 AM | Report abuse

If the comgressmen say they were spat upon and called racial and homophobic epithets, well, I believe them.

What I can't understand uis how there is so much hatred in this country over healthcare. I really believe it has to do with the fact that we now have a Black president.

If the tea party-types and conservatives were really sincere about "government take over" or "out-of-control government spending," where were they during the eight years of Bush II (yes, you hate, but we will keep renminding you conservatives of that idiot president) when he and a largely republican congress created the biggest expansion of government in this nation's history? This is why most of the country views republican and conservatives as hypocrites.

As for Michael Steele, he's just a modern day Steppin' Fetchit. No one with half a brain should even listen to that moron.

But then, that's your republican party.

Posted by: twilson66 | March 22, 2010 10:58 AM | Report abuse

What was so upsetting about calling Barney Frank a homo Communist? He is a homosexual, and he is a Communist. I suppose when you have such an inflated opinion of yourself, as Frank does, the truth hurts.

Posted by: mike85 | March 22, 2010 11:00 AM | Report abuse

"It's the Democrats and others who are so filled with hate. Why else would they throw around a homophobic phrase like "teabagger" without wincing?"

They do it because that's the name the Tea Party themselves used first, before being told of it's sexual meaning.

Incidentaly, teabagging is not a gay thing. Anyone with a male sex organ can teabag anyone else.

It's apparently fairly common in the straight community. Or so my straight friends tell me.

Posted by: Hillman1 | March 22, 2010 11:01 AM | Report abuse

j441-labeling is wrong? Give us a break!!
You and yours paint President Obama with an enormous brush, including non-citizen,
ego driven, socialist, communist, Hitler-like, Chicago thug, The Joker, Marxist,the list goes on and on. Move over Tea Party,
Coffee Party is movin' in. And mark my word, they won't be hurling insults and
racism remarks, or spitting on anyone. This
movement will be INTELLIGENT!!!

Posted by: patriotgmalou | March 22, 2010 11:04 AM | Report abuse

At some point...King's racially charged rantings have to end. He is himself guilty of accusing a black brother of disgrace for merely following his political conscience. I believe Michael Steele respects all people regardless of race. I can't say the same for King.

Posted by: bobilly2 | March 22, 2010 11:06 AM | Report abuse

Nixon turned the Republican party on its head. What a shameful group of charlatans the GOP has become.

Embrace the tea party and let the citizens thin your ranks even further at the polls. Enough is enough!!!!

Posted by: theobserver4 | March 22, 2010 11:10 AM | Report abuse

"Doing the same for the people of the USA is "SOCIALISM”."

That's because Americans are capbable of providing those things for themselves. The ones who can't are stuipid, lazy or both and should be kicked out.

Posted by: rah2 | March 22, 2010 11:10 AM | Report abuse

"I understand that this teaparty thing is kind of a big tent. You've got all kinds. But you can decide that some things, like racism, aren't acceptable or conducive to your goals. You could tell people to knock it off at public events because it makes you look really bad. "

Actually, it's not so big.

They are openly hostile to gays, even though in theory the idea of the government regulating marriage would be the ultimate in overreaching government control.

And they are openly hostile to the medical marijuana crowd.

Even though, again, the idea of the government determining that you can't have medical marijuana would seem to be quite the blatant denial of freedom for no reason.

So, no. Not such a big tent.

Posted by: Hillman1 | March 22, 2010 11:12 AM | Report abuse

When was the last time that Michael Steele did NOT disgrace himself?

Posted by: Gatsby10 | March 22, 2010 11:13 AM | Report abuse

Colbert King is a racist.


Posted by: Jerzy | March 22, 2010 11:13 AM | Report abuse

Anyones else see flashes of Hitler when Boner was screaming his head off on the Floor?

He made Howard Dean look sane.

Posted by: Please_Fix_VAs_Roads | March 22, 2010 11:18 AM | Report abuse

"It's the Democrats and others who are so filled with hate. Why else would they throw around a homophobic phrase like "teabagger" without wincing?"
Exactly how is Tea Bagger a homophobic phrase? That's a rhetorical question, so don't bother with an answer. The very fact that you assume the practice is limited to homosexual encounters demonstrates your own 1) ignorance and 2) bigotry.

"First let me be clear,The Tea Party People are the most decent people you will ever meet."
Now that is good comedy.

Posted by: CompulsiveCollector | March 22, 2010 11:21 AM | Report abuse

Mr. King, I couldn't agree with you more. Steele and the whole Republican Party disgraced themselves and showed that they will say and do anything to keep disgusting racists and bigots on their voting rolls. It makes me very very angry to think that someone like John Lewis, after all he has been through in his life, would in 2010 still have to listen to someone hurling racial slurs at him on the lawn of the Capitol. I hope that these shameful tactics come back to haunt the enablers who have encouraged this sort of behavior within the Republican Party next November. I know I won't forget their behavior this past weekend.

Posted by: timothywayne | March 22, 2010 11:22 AM | Report abuse

Excuse me, but I think racists and homophobes are idiots...unlike Mr. King.

King is so desperate to trash Steele that he's pulling out the whole "Black enough" argument. This is ridiculous, and something I would expect to see from Eugene Robinson. I would expect more from Mr. King.

Posted by: diehardlib | March 22, 2010 11:24 AM | Report abuse

Not all teabaggers are racists but clearly some are and their presence is tolerated within their ranks and also by the republican party. Even now they lie when they say there were no racist shouts or remarks. The videos speak for themselves.

Congratulations president Obama, Speaker Pelosi and the democrats in the house.

To the republicans, go ahead and run on repeal. I cannot wait to see the first ad showing a six year old girl with a pre-existing condition who now has health coverage, with the vocal overlay that says she would not have if republicans had prevailed in their raw attempt to win on this issue, only for the sake of gaining power.

Posted by: robertmerry | March 22, 2010 11:26 AM | Report abuse

Perhaps because the allegations are 100% unfounded and unproven, these folks owe us an apology.

In fact a video has surfaced that says nothing of the kind was done.

People were shouting kill the bill, nothing more.

Sad, but Dems will do anything to discredit the growing movement against socialism, even lying about a serious issue like racism.

Posted by: username

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There's videos of people claiming that the holocaust never happened as well. So does that mean it didn't happen? Where did 12 million Europeans disappear to?

Posted by: theobserver4 | March 22, 2010 11:30 AM | Report abuse

King believes that Steele would have covered himself with glory and established his black credentials in resounding terms by just screaming "racist !!! ".It makes one wonder who is the idiot here.

Posted by: improvista | March 22, 2010 11:30 AM | Report abuse

s2ss smith wrote:
This story is another example of lies used as liberal propaganda. I heard no epithets shouted, only "KILL THE BILL". The leadership of the democrat party and the media are lying in unison once again to the American people. I just don't understand how seemingly intelligent people can fall so completely for their dispicable lies and deceit. There should be no apology from anyone for misbehavior in DC yesterday because nothing wrong was done. The people there were rallying against oppression and they needed you to be there with them too. We all need to be engaged and aware of what is happening to our country. Hitler fooled a lot of people too. Don't let yourself be fooled by propaganda again. Search for the truth and never accept anything the media reports without confirming it yourself from sources you know you can trust. The mainstream media cannot and should not ever be trusted to tell you the truth. Did you hear that the police lined the streets armed with machine guns yesterday? Did you hear that a lot of congressman locked their office doors and would not let their contituents in to discuss their concerns about government "reform" of the health care system? Those things really happened in DC yesterday. The crowd shouting racial epithets did not.

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Cut the b#llsh3t okay. I suppose you are going to tell us that we did not see the people at the tea party march this summer on the mall, carrying signs with Obama's face painted white, with a bone through his nose, or him dressed up like hitler either. A large part of this stuff is fueled by bigotry and stop trying to avoid the reality of it. It was present at the Palin/McCain rallies on the campaign trail in 2008, even to the point that people were hollering kill the n#gg#r. Doesn't anybody find it peculiar that none of these people protested George Bush when he spent like a drunken sailor. Or when Cheney and Ronal Reagan said deficits don't matter. These people are completely ignorant, they listen to politicians saying the government is the enemy, but please elect me to a congressional post where I will make nearly $200,000 dollars a year and have free government sponsored health care and a cushy pension. The next politician that proposes to strip congress of its' government sponsored health care and have them compete for care on the open market will be the first one.

Posted by: impartial1 | March 22, 2010 11:31 AM | Report abuse

The person that spit on the senator was detained but they let them go because he didn't press charges. I truly believe in freedom of speech, but when you call anyone the "N word", or a fag you are just being ignorant. I believe the GOP and Michael Steele owes America an apology just because they continue to keep this ignorance flared up in the tea party and in their own party .

Posted by: arnittalawson | March 22, 2010 11:31 AM | Report abuse

imagine ... these "tea party" fanatics are our neighbors ! It is so sad ... no, it is awful that such a misguided. ignorant, obnoxious group should be shown on TV ... or tolerated in any way. Well, this is America ... I guess they believe in their "free speech" position.
Rather, they have decided to become the "low life of America."
Sad, sad, sad ...............................

Posted by: loretoguy | March 22, 2010 11:32 AM | Report abuse

Tell me, Mr. King, who is more racist - a tea party Republican shouting racial slurs or a middle class liberal Democrat who makes sure he lives in an all white neighborhood and sends his kids to an all white school? Who was Bill Cosby complaining about when he denigrated lower class black attitudes and behavior? Was the Reverend Jeremiah - whom Obama was forced to ditch - more or less racist than a typical white tea-bagger? Are the posters on this thread who so rabidly attack Republicans really free of racism or are they motivated by jealosy and hatred of other whites?

We live in a racist world. It's a good thing to try and overcome prejudice but the disingenuous, self-righteous hypocrites posting here do nothing positive by violently hating others who are simply airing their honest fears. Nor is your criticism particularly constructive, either.

Race plays a role in attitudes towards health care reform, a tangled, difficult role. So does money. It would be better if these things could be discussed honestly.

Posted by: lifeguardlarry | March 22, 2010 11:33 AM | Report abuse

Tell me, Mr. King, who is more racist - a tea party Republican shouting racial slurs or a middle class liberal Democrat who makes sure he lives in an all white neighborhood and sends his kids to an all white school? Who was Bill Cosby complaining about when he denigrated lower class black attitudes and behavior? Was the Reverend Jeremiah - whom Obama was forced to ditch - more or less racist than a typical white tea-bagger? Are the posters on this thread who so rabidly attack Republicans really free of racism or are they motivated by jealosy and hatred of other whites?

We live in a racist world. It's a good thing to try and overcome prejudice but the disingenuous, self-righteous hypocrites posting here do nothing positive by violently hating others who are simply airing their honest fears. Nor is your criticism particularly constructive, either.

Race plays a role in attitudes towards health care reform, a tangled, difficult role. So does money. It would be better if these things could be discussed honestly.

Posted by: lifeguardlarry | March 22, 2010 11:33 AM | Report abuse

martina2, I understand why you would hesitate to wish disease on another person (you sound like a wonderful, compassionate person). I myself hesitated before making that plea. But I too have had family members lose everything (including their lives) in this horrible health care system. My aunt was denied an Oophorectomy (ovary-removal surgery) a couple of decades ago because the doctors said she was too young and might still want to have children (even though she said she didn't AND had a history of ovarian cancer in her family that killed her mother and grandmother). She died of Ovarian Cancer in 1991. My mother was dropped from her medical coverage for having so-called "pre-existing condition" (thyroid problem she never knew she had, but was overweight so the insurance company said she should have known). She soon after died of a heart attack in 2003. The stories go on and on. Unfortunately, a time comes, when wishing us all to help each other and be compassionate and accept others is simply too dangerous to continue. These ignorant teabaggers are indirectly (with their philosophy) killing people (by supporting the status quo). Yet, any time anyone actually experiences for themselves hardship, they seem to come around to the side that sometimes people need help. So I don't take it back, I really do pray to God these people are inflicted with disease, and they die. So that hopefully the ones who come after them will understand what this is all about. Bless you martina2 for your health issues, I hope to God you overcome them (maybe this bill will help).

Posted by: sachancp | March 22, 2010 11:35 AM | Report abuse

Steele is a ho. The GOP is clearly a fascist party. They have no ideas but insist on fear, militancy, slur and personal insults to move their agenda. In those efforts they are joined by the Roman Catholic Church and the Evangelical right. Look into fascism and its history and I defy anyone to overlook the presence of those religious forces working in tandem with the totalitarian thugs of Germany, Italy, Spain.

Posted by: medogsbstfrnd | March 22, 2010 11:39 AM | Report abuse

Anyone who defends this sort of bullying, intimidating tactic is gutless, cheap and partisan to the extreme. Look. It is quite possible that the gang of thugs outside the capitol had precisely the opposite effect they and their crappy GOP enablers like Michelle Bachmann had hoped for.

Indeed, may of the conservative democrats who voted for the bill were appalled by the squalid behavior of not only the tea suckers but also of their froth, bile soaked masters in the GOP.

I once was a republican. But that was back in the days when the GOP really was populated by grand statesmen and courageous, forward looking men like Eisenhower, Jacob Javits and Gerald Ford. I can never be a republican again until they renounce this vile, bigoted assortment of cranks, racists, crackpots and oddballs that have pretty much taken control of the party.

Posted by: jaxas70 | March 22, 2010 11:43 AM | Report abuse

King's racism shows through in his choice of words about Steele's "...identity as a black man..." Dems are not and never will be "post-racial" because by playing their self-dealt "victim" cards is how they try to win the poltical "pot."

Posted by: DoTheRightThing | March 22, 2010 11:48 AM | Report abuse

Not certain what you all expect.

Ignorance is rampant in America and fear is alive and well in many.

This happened during the Presidential campaign and it will go on forever. Why? Because there will always be people who are ignorant and fearful of change; especially when it comes with a non-white face.
Sad, but those who say they want their "Country Back" really mean, "I want to go back to the time when we could just shot them, hang them, etc. and the law of the land prevailed for the Caucasian" Sad but true. Nothing has changed with racism. It is alive, well and worse than ever.

Posted by: eps0609 | March 22, 2010 11:50 AM | Report abuse

Mr. King wrote: He also chose to separate himself and the Republican Party not from the Tea Party that he loves, but -- referring to the slurs and epithet hurlers -- from "idiots out there saying stupid things."

Based on the quote, it appears that Mr. King doesn't read what he writes. Nothing in what Steele is quoted as saying excluded Republicans or Teabaggers.

Posted by: daweeni | March 22, 2010 12:00 PM | Report abuse

Hmmm, isn't this Obama's "Post racial" America? That means Michael Steel's actions don't have, and SHOULD NOT have anything to do with him being a "Black" man. So put that one to rest.
Next, how about the President and his "unprecedented" act of chatising Supreme Court members during his State-of-the Union addresss, with Democratic Congressmen standing up, surrounding the Supreme Court members clapping and yelling in Court members ears. Guess Mr. KING saw noting wrong with that - huh? Guess anything goes when the BLACK President does it....Right?

Posted by: ReneesOpinion | March 22, 2010 12:00 PM | Report abuse

"Liberal racist always get a pass such as the entertainer JZ who's racist rant on election night was ignored by the Liberal Media. He is a part owner of the NJ Nets. Why is he allowed to be minority owner when Rush Limbaush was not allowed to be a minority owner of a NFL Franchise. Two sets of rules and it will always be that way."

The above is a comment from a pure-bred idiot.

A little basic fact here, genius: the NBA and the NFL are 2 SEPERATE entities, each with their OWN set of rules. Your whining rant re: "Two sets of rules and it will always be that way" makes your look like a fool.

Hint: turn off the hate radio and the Fox crapola and maybe, just perhaps, you will learn to think for yourself and formulate an original thought instead of reciting stupid talking points and slogans that have no basis in fact.

Posted by: ceefer66 | March 22, 2010 12:00 PM | Report abuse

Michael Steele is nothing new....he's the same kind of "black man" who would have led the slave master to a group of escaped slaves. He has no self respect or love for his own self....how could you expect him to love anything else, but the Masters that feed him? He's a dog rolled over on his back at his master's feet....no threat at all

Posted by: massmedia77 | March 22, 2010 12:02 PM | Report abuse

For username, how is it that the government is socialistic when more and more of it is outsourced to private industry??

Posted by: reming | March 22, 2010 12:03 PM | Report abuse

This article is just another example of black on black self destruction. I don't like Steele, but I would never have characterized him like this.

Posted by: Lifer | March 22, 2010 12:08 PM | Report abuse

The ludicrous comments from the subhumans defending this dispicable group of teabaggers illustrates why they have a problem with PR. One or two say it didn't happen, one or two say it happened but the comments came from left wing inplants, I guess you tell they were left wing because they were made of silicone. Still others say it happened but it was just a few crazies. It happened, there are videos and no, the left wing didn't have to infiltrate, the racists clowns are on the right and show up without invitation at these rallys because they can't wear their Klan robes much anymore and need these gathereings to spew their garbage. Teabagging is not a growing movement it is in its death throes. Real Americans need to make sure we put a stake in the heart of these bigots. The only lies being told are the ones teabaggers tell themselves at night in their prayers to whatever god they believe is listening to them.

Posted by: arkadie77 | March 22, 2010 12:09 PM | Report abuse

What makes you think that Michael Steele is any better than the morons who did these horrible acts, horrible words?

However, calling them idiots is, in my view, synonymous with calling them bigots,racists, etc. It may have different meaning but the idea is the same.

If Steel were any different, he would distance himself. Since he does not, it does not matter what he calls them. Steele is, in some views, worst, because he hides his motives, his intentions, his beliefs. At least the idiots show their cards.

Posted by: HarveyY | March 22, 2010 12:11 PM | Report abuse

Anyone with the nerve to suggest that the incidents outside and inside the Capitol did not take place is a bold faced liar!! They did and we heard them because they were live. Any purported "video" that does not show it has been doctored, probably by Fox Noise. So get the facts, and stop spreading lies. The racists and bigots are alive and well and a lot of them were in Washington yesterday.

Posted by: dschuster | March 22, 2010 12:11 PM | Report abuse

hey king, what's rev. wright? his church supports homosexuality but it promotes hate of white people. john muhammed was a follower of louis farakhan and he murdered people all over virginia. obama's agenda is all about hate. america will vote him and the liars in the dem party out in november and 2012. and what about about that rep. hastings? coulda held o.j.'s trial in his district with a court appointed attorney and got him off. hate is what the dems are.

Posted by: 12thgenamerican | March 22, 2010 12:12 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps your "username" is McCarthy. Hi Joe! Its been a while since you've been in Washington. Be careful, now! There's a Red in your kitchen waiting to pounce on you!

You are a liar and a fool. I was there, and I heard it.

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Perhaps because the allegations are 100% unfounded and unproven, these folks owe us an apology.

In fact a video has surfaced that says nothing of the kind was done.

People were shouting kill the bill, nothing more.

Sad, but Dems will do anything to discredit the growing movement against socialism, even lying about a serious issue like racism.

Posted by: pjglazer | March 22, 2010 12:15 PM | Report abuse

Colby goes off the deep end with an ugly display of racial fratricide. Only permissible when dealing with black Republicans or someone who does not view the use of the n-word as the moral equivalent of a nuclear attack.

When will our culture ever grow up?

Posted by: RealityCheckerInEffect | March 22, 2010 12:20 PM | Report abuse

To mike85, who ignorantly and foolishhly wrote:

"What was so upsetting about calling Barney Frank a homo Communist? He is a homosexual, and he is a Communist. I suppose when you have such an inflated opinion of yourself, as Frank does, the truth hurts."
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Hey dumb@$$, what does calling someone a homosexual -- regardless of whether they are or aren't -- have to do with whether or not this country should pass a healthcare bill?

But that type of name-calling to msake a point is typical of @$$h*les like you and your republican dimwits.

Posted by: twilson66 | March 22, 2010 12:22 PM | Report abuse

the bible says that in the last days, darkness shall cover the earth. it's pitch black out here amidst this political debauchery.

Posted by: glenknowles | March 22, 2010 12:34 PM | Report abuse

Unfortunatly when emotions are strongly fuled it tend to attract less then savory individuals on both sides. The tendency on both sides is then to paint the entire issue in the light of the 'minority of morons' who are drawn to these issues. Neither side should be suprised by the tactic since they both use it and abuse it. Stop using it or learn to live with it.

Posted by: kchses1 | March 22, 2010 12:35 PM | Report abuse

To extrapolate a bit on the wisdom of Forrest Gump: Hateful is as hateful does. The american people know the difference between political dissent and outright hatefulness. Repubs better wake up and start putting the country first - I'm sure never going to vote for hatemongers. Their behavior just emphasizes the little people that they are.
Michael Steele has a pea brain, and apparently it's maxed out. Not being a racist, just saying he's not that bright...

Posted by: DontGetIt | March 22, 2010 12:37 PM | Report abuse

Used the N word in attacking black members of Congress. Spit on a Black Congressman. Used the Q word in attacking a gay member of Congress. Is anyone surprised to witness this type of behavior from a Tea Partier or a Republican? I have come to expect nothing on a higher level from these misinformed, intolerate, mean, awful people.

Posted by: dswanay | March 22, 2010 12:41 PM | Report abuse

I think it is very telling that all this hate and vehemence is because of a Health care bill! not a war, not a draft, not our nations security, just health care? WTF?? All this screaming a nashing of teeth over health care? It is obvious thay the real "problem" the right wing tea-baggers have is with a black president. They were silenet when Bush sucked us into a war with a lie, they were silent when he spied on Americans without a warrent, when he instituted torture and spit on the Geneva convention. But ooooh, health care - that really pisses them off?? if it wasn't so scary it would be funny.

Posted by: sux123 | March 22, 2010 12:44 PM | Report abuse

This is probably one of the most ridiculous conversations I've heard in a while. I would hope that we are all adults writing these comments, and if so, it is very disappointing. If one person from the latin race were to murder someone, would you get mad at the whole race for it? Of course not! So why when one person, a "teabagger", does something wrong, do we blame the republican party? They had nothing to do with it. We as people are responsible for our own behavior. It is sad that many people never learn that.

Posted by: davis425 | March 22, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse

the cbc has a tendency to lie...
can't believe everything they say...
they also say whitey burned down their churches, when we all know, black people burnt their own churches...
they only want to promote the hatred...
and for that they should be punished...

Posted by: DwightCollins | March 22, 2010 12:53 PM | Report abuse

Anyone that did not stop their speech to demand that they remove the signs of Barack Obams painted in white face or with a bone through his nose is shameful. McCain had to finally step up a put a halt to it, the woman on the campaign said he is a, a, communist (and you could see in her eyes that she wanted to say n#gg#r). They are using communist and socialist as a substitute word for n#gg#r. How about Tom Tacredo giving a speech in front of CPAC and said that Barack Obama's election was an example of the ramifications of encacting the voting rights act, and receiving wild applause from the tea party and conservative crowd. We are not as ignorant as you think we are and I am expecting that by November there will be considerable back lash against the Republican party. Watch the poll numbers they think they have got it made but David Frum, the conservative political columnist, made the point that the conservative movement has peaked and that the passage of this legislation will ignite democrats who were a little disenchanted by the lack of progress. I think the conservative prognostication was a little premature.

Posted by: impartial1 | March 22, 2010 12:55 PM | Report abuse

Ignorance is very expensive. Eliminate ignorance and it will wipe out all deficits, failures and fears. The only ways to rid the country of ignorance is education and speak the truth. But like Jack Nicholson said in the 1992 movie A Few Good Men, GOP "You can't handle the truth".
GOP cash thier government check every two weeks and use the full coverage health insurance. Many of thier followers are medicad or unemployed. They need help the most but they would rather die than let a black man lead them to better fortune.

Posted by: Vonnie932 | March 22, 2010 1:09 PM | Report abuse

If Harry Reid made the same racial slurs, Obama, Clybourn and the entire congressional black caucus would support him. Oh wait....they already did.

Posted by: embassysobe | March 22, 2010 1:11 PM | Report abuse

I heard that Steele and Thomas are forming a club.

Posted by: fasm7700 | March 22, 2010 1:16 PM | Report abuse

Do you really expect anything different out of Steele? If so, tell me ho he is qualified to run anything.

He is one of the many things wrong with the GOP.

Posted by: neil64 | March 22, 2010 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Well, to the deniers, the tea party member that spit upon Emanuel Cleaver did so in front of the Capital Police and was detained. It was but the grace of the Congressman, refusing to press charges, that the racist jerk was allowed to go free.

It is true that it was mostly peaceful at the capital, I was down there, however, the hatred was palpable.

You can disagree with the man's politics, but nobody has the right to assault anyone.

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | March 22, 2010 1:20 PM | Report abuse


There is no way to reveal the truth about the arrangement between white people and black people in regards to racism and to make suggestions about this arrangement without doing two things: embarrassing a great many black people and offending a great many white people.

Racism has done more to promote injustice than any other social material system known to have been produced or supported by the people of the known universe. No major problem of the people in the known universe that exist can be eliminated until racism is eliminated.


Posted by: demtse | March 22, 2010 1:24 PM | Report abuse

Hmmm, isn't this Obama's "Post racial" America? That means Michael Steel's actions don't have, and SHOULD NOT have anything to do with him being a "Black" man. So put that one to rest.
Next, how about the President and his "unprecedented" act of chatising Supreme Court members during his State-of-the Union addresss, with Democratic Congressmen standing up, surrounding the Supreme Court members clapping and yelling in Court members ears. Guess Mr. KING saw noting wrong with that - huh? Guess anything goes when the BLACK President does it....Right
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You people on the right discard all historical perspective in trying to make your points. You are the same people that championed states rights and the use of state courts and then supported the Supreme Courts dismissing the ruling of the Supreme Court that overturned the states Court. You people have no principles, if the court rules in your favor to hell with your advocating states rights. When Reagan and Cheney said "deficits don't matter" you did not hear a peep from these people or their minions on Fox News. When Bush used reconciliation to pass Tax Cuts and Prescription Drug Benefits, we did not hear a peep from any of these people about the majority taking rights away from the minortiy. When Democrats suggested on C-Span that Bush use the surplus to pay down the long term debt, and he decided to cut taxes in the middle of a war, not a peep. Now you want us to believe that all of this hatred is over health care. When did they become so concerned about the deficit, January 23, 2009. This was their chance to ignite the so called "Bubba Vote", that Tom Delay talked about during the 2008 campaign. I am military veteran that served in two wars and risked my life, and to hear people spit such vitriol about paying taxes. If I risk my life form my country it sickens me that people refuse to pay their fair share even it aides fellow americans. The middle class actually got a tax cut under the stimulus plan, but they are so bigoted in their vitriol that they are ignorant of the facrts. Did you see how they treated the man who had Parkinsons, at one of their protests, they were like wild animals. The ironic thing about it is that they actually believe that are religous, show me one biblical verse where Jesus treated the have nots in this manner. That should tell you all you need to know about these folks. The Republicans constantly stoke bigotry, selfishness, and fear of change within the american people. They are so deluded that they actually champion affirmative action white candidates, such as Sarah Palin, who is frankly to uneducataed to operate at this level.

Posted by: impartial1 | March 22, 2010 1:24 PM | Report abuse


There is no way to reveal the truth about the arrangement between white people and black people in regards to racism and to make suggestions about this arrangement without doing two things: embarrassing a great many black people and offending a great many white people.

Racism has done more to promote injustice than any other social material system known to have been produced or supported by the people of the known universe. No major problem of the people in the known universe that exist can be eliminated until racism is eliminated.


Posted by: demtse | March 22, 2010 1:24 PM | Report abuse

What I find racist is that Washington Post writers are always digging up flimsy evidence and rumors to disparage and demean conservative African Americans.

Posted by: jiann | March 22, 2010 1:30 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps because the allegations are 100% unfounded and unproven, these folks owe us an apology.

In fact a video has surfaced that says nothing of the kind was done.

People were shouting kill the bill, nothing more.

Sad, but Dems will do anything to discredit the growing movement against socialism, even lying about a serious issue like racism.
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So a single video captured every moment of this protest? That's amazing! We should hire that guy to do surveillance-- imagine all the crime we could stop!

This assertion is ridiculous. No video captures everything. If the words were uttered-- and witnesses are pretty much confirming it-- then the Republican party is giving a free pass to racists, homophobes and hatemongers.

Own up, GOP, and disown these lunatics from your ranks or be judged by the company you keep.

Posted by: dbitt | March 22, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Isn't it revealing when a Tea Bagger supporter claims no racial or homophobic slurs were used on Saturday?

That they can't imagine anyone doing such a thing,, that its "reprehensible" in john boenhers words.

Really? that party extremist appealing to the darkest human impulses are then surprised when someone expresses how they really feel about things,,,

The veil falls,, the scales fall from their eyes,,all is exposed,, the world sees what it was blind to before,,

but to a Tea bagger,,,, its all lie,, someone is lying about human beings ability to be cruel, inhuman, racist and bigots

Posted by: EastCoastnLA | March 22, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

“Hatred is the coward's revenge for being intimidated.”
- George Bernard Shaw

Posted by: eddie111 | March 22, 2010 1:38 PM | Report abuse

The irony is Mr. Steele is a very bright and capable leader, he just has the wrong bosses. Why not extend a hand and invite him to be his own person, not a tool of the party of intolerance. Or stay there and instill bold change within the GOP through his God given talents. Anyone can disagree without name calling, and race baiting, except many of the GOP/Fox News/Tea Party coalition. With leaders like they have it's no surprise. Mr. Steele missed an opportunity to lead his party which is supposed to be his job.

Posted by: bfjam | March 22, 2010 1:41 PM | Report abuse

What can be said about behavior like this?! It's a true reflection of the kind of know-nothing, throwback types who are proudly a part of this tea party movement. It's entirly understandable that tea party doctrine would appeal to them.
With blind fury they strike out, like an angry lynch mob. Their boundless ignorance is a kind of disease that has twisted and distorted reality. They live in a nether world of hatred and prejudice.
Posted by: rcairo | March 21, 2010 9:57 PM | Report abuse
LOL we’re you just born????? Sorry but year after year we watch as the so called LIB/PRO youth smash and damage personal property at EVERY RALLY they attend. Damage, injuries and arrests the typical calling card of the LIB protest movement. Calling someone a name pales in comparison. Try paying attention. Also you may want to revisit the history books. If not for the original Tea Party movement things may have turned out much different. These are the people that fought for the rights you pi$$ on everyday. But when one has little education what do you expect.

Posted by: askgees | March 22, 2010 1:41 PM | Report abuse

Steele can't be accountable for the actions of others, like when has any black democrat taken heat for the names that black democrats call people, such as Obama's own reverend, or these so-called black panthers intimidating voters.

Posted by: hared | March 22, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

A thoroughly ridiculous comment even by Mr. King's lax standards.

First of all, these vile allegations are unsupported by any evidence and remain extremely suspect. Apparently they were fabricated — or perhaps planted — in a pathetic attempt to blow smoke and change the subject.

Second, Chairman Steele's reaction is entirely right. That some idiots showed up in a public place is a meaningless occurrence. No matter how hard you spin it, it in no way detracts from the legitimate expressions of outrage by the many tens of thousands of concerned citizens exercising their most basic constitutional rights.

Posted by: thebump | March 22, 2010 1:47 PM | Report abuse

30 pieces of silver? Really? Hyperbolic rhetoric might sell newspapers, but it makes me wonder who the real idiot is.

Posted by: gregscheurich | March 22, 2010 1:49 PM | Report abuse

""idiots out there saying stupid things."

Now wait a second. Aren't racists and bigots pretty much "idiots saying stupid things"? So Mr. King is just wrapped up with Steele's choice of words?

This is this dumbest piece of commentary I have ever read.....what a maroon....

Posted by: uncasquig | March 22, 2010 1:54 PM | Report abuse

Typical Right Wing tactics: hurl such disgusting insults, then lie about it afterward.

Anyway, those who hoped only to see Obama fail have failed themselves.

Those who fought to extend health insurance to millions of Americans have succeeded.

Those who opposed progress will go down in history as the obstructionist reactionaries they are. And they've certainly shown their true colors.

Posted by: simonflannery | March 22, 2010 1:55 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps because the allegations are 100% unfounded and unproven, these folks owe us an apology.

In fact a video has surfaced that says nothing of the kind was done.

People were shouting kill the bill, nothing more.

Sad, but Dems will do anything to discredit the growing movement against socialism, even lying about a serious issue like racism.

Posted by: username
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Pretty funny how democrats throw out unsubstantiated claims and it is the truth in the media.

Posted by: Cryos | March 22, 2010 1:58 PM | Report abuse

michael steele is a disgrace to his race. Colin Powel NEVER compromised his principles to appease the racist idiots. Colin Powel would haver never backed down from his comments about rush limbaugh as steele did. If you remember this is all about money for steele. A few years ago he was almost bankrupt and about to lose his home so he became a first class Tom. There are good and thoughtful republicans and idiot democrats. However the idiot republicans are showing their true colors about their feelings. GET OVER IT !! minorities are here to stay and soon YOU will be in the minority

Posted by: jonmhill1 | March 22, 2010 2:00 PM | Report abuse

LOL we’re you just born????? Sorry but year after year we watch as the so called LIB/PRO youth smash and damage personal property at EVERY RALLY they attend. Damage, injuries and arrests the typical calling card of the LIB protest movement.
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Yep funny how that never makes any MSM. It is sad how one sided the disgraced MSM has become.

Posted by: Cryos | March 22, 2010 2:00 PM | Report abuse

oh please, cry me a river mr. king. I'm pretty sure you weren't upset when the liberal anti-war demonstrators were calling george bush and the republicans every foul name under the sun. nothing worse than selective outrage.

Posted by: jsedelman22 | March 22, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse

One of the most amusing things is liberals call foul on name calling while referring to the people as tea baggers.

Can you hypocritical windbags be any more obvious with your double standards?

Posted by: Cryos | March 22, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse

No one in this health care debate is absolved from behaving badly. Not the Democrats for their poor sportsmanlike behavior, nor the Republicans for the vitriolic tone of their arguments. There is no longer room for a center position in Washington. Those who try to operate from the center are beaten to a bloody pulp until they take a side.
Steele is comfortable getting his six or seven-figure paycheck. His mortgage, health care and retirement comfortably taken care by the GOP. The same for Pelosi and the gang on the other side of the fence. It's a win-at-all-costs atmosphere and the only people who lose are the American people.
Even my seven-year-old could identify bad behavior when he saw it.
Members of Congress could take a page from second-graders, and learn the arts of compromise, civility and basic good manners.
Personally, I would have loved to have seen a tough fight and tough debate - nothing wrong with that, then had the House and Senate leadership from both sides shake hands and agree to disagree - for the good of the country, if not for their own souls.

Posted by: uplandermom78 | March 22, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse

So, Congressman Lewis is a liar, eh?

People making that accusation are every bit as much racist as the people who hurled epithets at him and the others in the first place.

And hypocrites to boot.

Being part of the Right is a psychotic condition.

Posted by: simonflannery | March 22, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

So, Congressman Lewis is a liar, eh?

People making that accusation are every bit as much racist as the people who hurled epithets at him and the others in the first place.

And hypocrites to boot.

Being part of the Right is a psychotic condition.

Posted by: simonflannery | March 22, 2010 2:04 PM
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Wow I didn't know PC had gone this far.

So a black person makes an unsubstantiated claim and you can't call them a liar or you are a racist?

Blow it out your a$$ tool shed there is no tolerance anymore for ignorance.

Posted by: Cryos | March 22, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

One need only remember back to the Presidential campaign and teabaggers yelling "Lynch him!" and "Terrorist" during Sarah Palin's campaign speeches.

They weren't called out by the Republicans then and the Reps bear the responsiblity for the fruit of this shameful behavior.

True or not, you reap what you sow. When teabaggers and conservatives behaved so wretchedly, it's small wonder people believe they are capable of spitting and using racial epiteths.

Posted by: arancia12 | March 22, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

Congressman Neugbauer of Texas(duh, whoda thunk a Texan would do such a vile thing!!)
just made a public statement that it was he that yelled "baby Killer" at Stupak. No
ill will meant, and he is PROFOUNDLY sorry,
kinda like DUBYA always said he was PROFOUNDLY sorry for the young lives lost in Iraq. LIARS!! This guy just yelled out the disgusting puke, DUBYA put on his stoopid Cheshire grin and lied through his teeth.

Posted by: patriotgmalou | March 22, 2010 2:13 PM | Report abuse

This is a teaching moment.A protester speaks vile speach,shocking!The president of the united states the first half black president lies like a duck swims.No mention in this or any other mainstream media.If the media is not aware of the lies he has spewed than lets teach our kids in every school to use lies to debate and support their cause.I would suggest we will have problems explaining to those kids that type of debate.

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

ethereal_reality-welcome to the fold of the sane Americans in this country, and
God Bless ya!!!!! Hey friend, that ole' stink will fade, and you'll come out smellin' like a rose! Hope your family will also come to their senses, just be a great example, sooner or later they will follow. They will have to eventually, cause
the GRAND OLD PARTY, is no more.

Posted by: patriotgmalou | March 22, 2010 2:28 PM | Report abuse

houstonian-when you observed the protestors they were protesting the corrupt dealings of a corrupt administration, NOT THE COLOR OF THE PRESIDENT'S SKIN. Those corrupt dealings deserved protestation, century's old racism should be obliterated, but repukes thrive on the preservance of hatred, in any manner, shape, or form.

Posted by: patriotgmalou | March 22, 2010 2:36 PM | Report abuse

C'mon! He called them idiots for crying out loud. They obviously don't represent the entire group. Where do you come off trying tell everyone the correct way to be Black? I can't stand people who want to determine if someone else is being Black enough. I'm kicking you out of the Black race, King. How about that?

Posted by: forgetthis | March 22, 2010 2:40 PM | Report abuse

King, 30 pieces of silver? Why dont you look in the mirror and ask yourself why you only support a party that imprisons poor black children in failing public schools decade after decade by whoring themselves to teachers unions. There is no proof those things were said. You worry about possibly someone spit on a traitor (I guess it was ok to spit on our soldiers in Vietnam) but not a peep about a 70% out of wedlock birth rate. Look in the mirror.

Posted by: j751 | March 22, 2010 2:57 PM | Report abuse

I love reading the posts from the LIB id10t’s here. Sorry losers but the damage caused by you over the past 10 years has been nicely preserved on-line. Protest after protest and it’s always the same. Property damaged, people injured and you simplet0ns arrested. Apparently the only one’s that believe a thing that comes out of your mouth is YOU. The rest of us know better. Ignorance breeds stupid1ty and the LIB party is over flowing with stup1dity.

Posted by: askgees | March 22, 2010 2:58 PM | Report abuse

Also, I love all the moronic posts about the supposed 99% of all tea party members being white (as if you did a survey, can I see a copy?) BTW, didnt 98% of blacks vote for obama? I guess they are all anti white racists then.

Posted by: j751 | March 22, 2010 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Also, I love all the moronic posts about the supposed 99% of all tea party members being white (as if you did a survey, can I see a copy?) BTW, didnt 98% of blacks vote for obama? I guess they are all anti white racists then.

Posted by: j751

========================================= So by you logic, all the white people who voted for the 43 presidents that proceeded Obama are racist too...
Thanks....

Posted by: priceisright | March 22, 2010 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Also, I love all the moronic posts about the supposed 99% of all tea party members being white (as if you did a survey, can I see a copy?) BTW, didnt 98% of blacks vote for obama? I guess they are all anti white racists then.

Posted by: j751

========================================= So by you logic, all the white people who voted for the 43 presidents that preceeded Obama are racist too...
Thanks....

Posted by: priceisright | March 22, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Gotta go to work!! This has been a delicious day to be on a forum like this!! Keep the faith Dems!! HOORAY FOR PRESIDENT OBAMA, NANCY PELOSI, HARRY REID,
STENY HOYER, ALL THE PATRIOTS WHO WORKED SO HARD FOR THIS, AND MAY TED KENNEDY BE FOREVER REMEMBERED FOR HIS DEVOTION TO THIS
HONORABLE CAUSE!! 225 days until SWEET TUESDAY friends, this is day 1 of a terrific journey!!

Posted by: patriotgmalou | March 22, 2010 3:09 PM | Report abuse

When the "intellectuals" of your party are like Newt Gingrich, who made a lowest-common denominator, cynical appeal to racial animosities in comparing HCR to civil rights, what do you expect from Steele?

The Republicans have clearly calculated that their base is people who can only be moved by demonizing and hatred.

The intellectuals of the Republican party who don't default to "lesser angel" appeals by nature, David Frum seems a rare example, must be feeling some genuine dismay these days.

Posted by: firethief | March 22, 2010 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Sit down King. You are wasting bandwitdh with this garbage. Instaed of raising a stink because Steele didn't stoop to the level of those bigots and come back with an equaly nasty response, why dont you focus on what you can do to help matters and be productive. Until then, SIT DOWN!

Posted by: robinspired | March 22, 2010 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Colbert,
There you ga again. making a mountain out of a mole hill. Where were you when Bush and Cheney were called evil on a daily basis? Your protests are feeble.

Posted by: delusional1 | March 22, 2010 3:26 PM | Report abuse

"The Republicans were in power for the last 8 years. They gave a surplus to rich republicans and called it a tax cut for the rich. We still don't know the real reason. They sent our brave soldiers off to war. We still don't know the real reason. They looked the other way when people were waiting out the storm in New Orleans. We still don't know the real reason. They looked the other way when the bankers were robbing their own banks. We still don't know the real reason. They looked the other way when millions of Americans were losing their homes. We still don't know the real reason. They looked the other way when millions of Americans were losing their jobs. We still don't know the real reason. They caused the worst recession since the great depression. We still don't know the real reason."

Above are the tired, uninformed, blind-hatred "reasons why Republicans are evil". Barney Frank, Democrat, pushed Fannie and Freddie (ever heard of them you idiots) to give loans to riskier and riskier borrowers. He and his ilk caused the housing bubble - not Republicans. Also, read the latest Rolling Stone to see how Obama's administration colluded with Wall Street to reward certain Wall Street firms and set up another housing bubble.
Barack Obama, Pelosi, Reid, - NONE of them EVER was an executive for PRIVATE industry. They wouldn't know how to create a job because they NEVER WORKED FOR ANYONE BUT THE GOV'T. Are we surprised that they have had the gov't take over entire industries? - LET EVERYONE WORK FOR THE GOV'T.
Their is no respect for anyone becoming successful by hard work and TAKING RISKS. You employ others by starting your own company - that REQUIRES YOU TO PUT YOURSELF AND YOUR FAMILY AT RISK - to eventually employ others. BUT - TO DEMS - IF YOU MAKE OVER $250k, YOU ARE EVIL AND MUST BE PUNISHED BY TAXES and ENTITLEMENTS - SOCIAL JUSTICE!!!!!! INSTEAD, BECAUSE OF THE RISKS THEY TOOK, THEY ARE THE ONES PROVIDING JOBS!!!!!!!

Republicans, at the core, believe that everyone must EARN their way in this world. That gov't should regulate commerce, NOT OWN ENTIRE INDUSTRIES. That people should not count on the gov't but count on themselves. Get the gov't out of the way, and stop coddling the lazy, self-entitled masses.

Posted by: patrickrhall02 | March 22, 2010 3:28 PM | Report abuse

> Wow I didn't know PC had gone this far.

Yeah, it's gone so far that it isn't cool to refer to people with racial epithets and then lie about it afterward. The Teabaggers have shows themselves to be racists over & over again. Yet people like you try to cover for them.

Lying scumbag.

Posted by: simonflannery | March 22, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

"One of the most amusing things is liberals call foul on name calling while referring to the people as tea baggers."

The teabaggers call themselves teabaggers. Duh.

And you're going to equate that with racist language?

There's the "logic" of the Right for you....

Posted by: simonflannery | March 22, 2010 3:31 PM | Report abuse

King, what do you want from Steele? It seems that you want him to become like Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton. It also seems that you can't stand that a black man be part of the Republican party.

Posted by: trumeau | March 22, 2010 3:35 PM | Report abuse

These elected "NO" Yokels are starting to look like a bunch of Brownshirts in the Reichstag,a blast from the past; 1930's Nazi Style. When are the Baggers going to hold the first Torch Light Parade in D.C.,Ding Bat Eva Palin can lead the parade.

Posted by: jeromejmarkiewicz | March 22, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse

houstonian-when you observed the protestors they were protesting the corrupt dealings of a corrupt administration, NOT THE COLOR OF THE PRESIDENT'S SKIN.

Posted by: patriotgmalou

What is so corrupt about the Obama administration, other than perhaps, his relationship with unions and lobbyists.

Posted by: jboogie1 | March 22, 2010 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Racsim is a people problem not just a Republican and Democrat problem. If Steele used his words “racists and homophobic bigots “he would be just as bad as the protesters. By the way he said they were wrong. What do you want him to, get a pistol and bust a cap?

Second, I usually have a deep respect for Mr.King’s investigative journalism but he's flat out wrong for attacking Steele personally just because he doesn't agree with him.

Posted by: me_bert | March 22, 2010 3:43 PM | Report abuse

The poor white trailer trash in America has the GOP to lean on.

No to healthcare? These racists and homophobic bigots uttering hateful and inflammatory language weren't complaining about that. Heck. You could have a more meaningful discussion about healthcare with a one-celled amoeba than these low-lifes.

It just boils down to sour grapes knowing they were going to lose what they saw as a referendum, a second election if you will, when the House passed the Bill.

Oh yeah, and that a black man is president.

Most of those numbnuts are out there wailing against protecting them against the insurors that will bleed them blind or drop them in a heartbeat for no good reason.

Stupid is as stupid does.

Posted by: jfern03 | March 22, 2010 3:44 PM | Report abuse

What I can say for sure, Michael Steele is all about raising money. Here is what I got in my email today from Michael Steele: "...the RNC's money bomb is happening now. Send Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and Barack Obama a message by making a 2010 campaign contribution of $40 or more today. Go to GOP.com right now to help our Party raise $402,010 in the next 40 hours through the RNC's money bomb..."

No explanations of position, no rationale for appropriate response, just an urgent call using warlike, belligerent metaphors to eradicate the people who disagree with the radical wing of the Republican Party (the party of which I've been a member for over 40 years).

Some pundits have decried this as the end of the Reagan era of government. If it is to go, go. But please take the snarling no-nothings with you.

Posted by: jamesmiller1 | March 22, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Our mothers always told us that we would be known by the company we kept. That was true then and it is true today. The respectable and concerned T-baggers need to police their own ranks and dis-invite the vicious thugs. Otherwise, the respectable T-baggers will be identified with their thug companions.

Perhaps one way for them to do that would be to stop their use of guns as town hall meeting props, and their use of racist slurs on the signs they carry as political discourse.

Posted by: Freethotlib | March 22, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

The only ones you can accuse of taking 30 pieces of silver are the members of the Congressional Black Caucus who took African-Americans back over 40 years of struggle by voting for the plantation legislation of Obama care. Obama care takes away our freedom of choice in the medical marketplace. Michael Steele is not a sellout.

Those individuals at the rally against the Health care bill who screamed the N word were prejudiced jerks. I support the tea party movement – we in Harlem started an “urban tea party.” However, we live in America where racism is alive and well and everywhere; especially in the galleys of left liberalism, so Mr. Colbert King do you not know that or do you live in a dream bubble of ideological fantasy?

Many Democratic seniors in Harlem that I talk with are embarrassed by the Caucus especially the illustrious Rangel, embittered by the overall reduction of services for them of Obama care and praying for activists like myself to continue to fight the good fight of faith.
JoLinda – Harlem, NYC!

Posted by: jocogen | March 22, 2010 4:01 PM | Report abuse

The footage of these racist and homophobic slurs were all over the ABC Nightly News last night.

Denial... it ain't just a river in Egypt.

Posted by: hiberniantears | March 22, 2010 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Yes they were stupid things those people said, but it doesn't mean that Steele has to play identity politics like yourself.

Posted by: shewholives | March 22, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Well said Mr. King. Well said.

Posted by: Washington Post Editors | March 22, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse

The tea party crowd are the same people who literally protest with depictions Obama as Hitler yet take to the streets acting as rampaging Nazi SA brown-shirts as they clearly demonstrated when they ganged-up taunting and tormenting a Parkinson's victim who couldn't fend them off. Given that they engage in cowardly pack behavior their overt racism should be no surprise. Their German role models did the same as they took to the streets for Krystal Nacht to attack the racially inferior "juden".

It absolutely infuriates and sickens me coming from a military family and serving twenty-two years as well that my family and I defended the rights, liberties and security of such hateful, bigoted, cowardly meat-puppets and just plain blithering idiots.

I recall the image of one old gent with a completely vacant expression holding up his crudely scrawled, homemade sign proclaiming, "NO SOCIALIST HEALTHCARE AND DON'T TOUCH MY MEDICARE". Hmmm... What was wrong with THAT image.

The problem with the protesters is that they operate solely on knee-jerk emotion as they are, to use the polite term, “intellectually challenged”. The evidence was scrawled on that sign that they are incapable connecting the dots.

And they wonder why their grandkids giggle and snicker when they proudly proclaim to be "teabaggers". Geez.

Posted by: bfjackjernigan | March 22, 2010 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Mr. King, my immediate thoughts focus on your comments between the 'telling of the story' - and it's a shame that you feel it necessary to bring a fellow black man down.

Your choice to 'pile on' instead of 'enlighten' are disturbing. Your choice was to 'incite' a racial divide instead of providing 'insight'to a real problem - the apparent need for the Democatic party to envoke the "Racecard" when they need an extra 'push' from their blind followers.

Please note that Mr. Steele is a black man who has never lost track of who he is, or where he's come from. Mr. Steele endured racial slurs spewed by the likes of Democrats who couldnt envision a black man being elected US Senator in Maryland - and NOW has to deal with the likes of YOU hoping to derail his ardent efforts with the Republican Party.

As a black republican I am happy to have Mr. Steele lead our party. As a person who has participated in Tea party protests ( ALL VERY civilised and calm)find your misclassification derrogatory and misrepresentive.

Next time, take 20 mins to hop on the metro and embed yourself in one of those Tea Party protest - perhaps you'll see what Mr.Steele meant on Meet the Press.

- Kimberly
NY, NY

Posted by: Wenchofradio | March 22, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

This fool black man,king, apparently thinks that the black Michael Steele is the wrong kind of black man. Bingo, turns out Steele isn't black at all according to King. But it's all right. King can put on his Negro dialect and try and keep another black man down.

Posted by: bandmom22 | March 22, 2010 4:28 PM | Report abuse

However one views it, African Americans have the best descriptive term for somebody as hypocritical as Steele has proven himself to be: "uncle tom.'

Posted by: Diogenes | March 22, 2010 4:29 PM | Report abuse

To jamesmiller1:

You have my sympathy. If you've been a member of the Republican party for forty years you are surely depressed over what it has become. You no doubt remember when your party was dominated by moderates and there were actually liberal Republicans like the late Sen. Mathias of Maryland. I miss the old Republican party. . . the one that wasn't reflexively anti-government and cared about more than taxes and guns. And I doubt that people like Barry Goldwater or Everett Dirksen would feel at home in today's Republican party.

Posted by: cumaea | March 22, 2010 4:34 PM | Report abuse

King, you disgrace yourself every time you put pen to paper. You are a socialist puppet for the obama administration...now that is a true disgrace!

Posted by: jim000122 | March 22, 2010 4:40 PM | Report abuse

Steele didn’t go that far because he knows they are part of the conservative base on which his party relies

Actually he's spend months courting the Tea Party in order to blunt the potential loss of votes the Republicans may gain if they field candidates.

Posted by: beeker25 | March 22, 2010 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Everyone is entitled to their own opinion but I must ask how far we have come if we as African Americans start to question each other’s Blackness. Let us stop and take note that for the first time in history we have a Black President, a Black Supreme Court Justice, a Black in the Senate, a Black Chairman of the Republican Party, and 42 Black Congress Persons. I do not want any of them to fail, though I may not agree with everyone’s policy, because their success will lead to our success as a people.

Martin Luther King, Jr. never returned an ugly word to those who issued an ugly word towards him and because of him we hold these positions of power.

God Bless.

Posted by: mmcr007 | March 22, 2010 4:44 PM | Report abuse

The Tea Bag movement is over in a NY minute if it becomes law that Tea baggers can no longer receieve Social Security checks or Medicare benefits.

Posted by: jfern03 | March 22, 2010 4:44 PM | Report abuse

For anyone who believes those slurs did not occur are denying the obvious! but that's what I come to expect out of some republicans whose only reason to join that party is because of their hatred for minorities and gays...sad but ABSOLUTELY true! I can never respect a party that has people like that as members, I just hope and pray they don't take their hate to the next level by killing an elected official!

Posted by: Adrian5 | March 22, 2010 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Support the bill or don't support the bill. The Tea Partyists are nothing more than a gang of racist, homophobic, saliva-spitting, venom-spewing fundamentalists. And the irony is that Jesse "Hymietown" Jackson, Al "Tawana 'Dog Feces' Brawley" Sharpton and Mr. Steele all likely support these people.

Posted by: glazer68 | March 22, 2010 5:00 PM | Report abuse

I'm glad that there was a student loan component in the health-care reform bill. The comments from conservatives here, and elsewhere over the past several days, certainly exposes a great need in this country for a better educated population.

Posted by: JimZ1 | March 22, 2010 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Colbert King and Dana Milbank both talk about the "racial epithets" used by protestors against African American Democrats. Were they referring to Congressman Andre Carson's claim that the "N-word" was used fifteen times? If so, did anybody else hear the N-word used fifteen times? What did the person who said the N-word fifteen times look like? Was it a man or a woman? Old or young? I've reviewed the video of the Congressman walking by the protestors and I didn't hear the N-word once. This may come as a surprise to the Post but ocassionally a congressman says something that's not true. Maybe the Post should be a little more skeptical of their left-wing buddies. And since Mr. King got Biblical on Michael Steele with his "30 pieces of silver" comment, I think it's appropriate for me to suggest that the Post needs to be more careful about bearing false witness against thy neighbors.

Posted by: mhiban | March 22, 2010 5:02 PM | Report abuse

I think the whole point of this discussion is to highlight the true intentions of the tea party movement. They are not about individual rights or protecting the US constitution. They are movement of white racists. That movement was infiltrated with Stormfront supporters of whom Don Black and his ilk got a hookup with Ron Paul and other organizers of this tea party movement. The main point is to obstruct the current administration and congress because they have been thrown out of power.

Second, it is NOT a free country in a way that people can go out and harass folks based upon their color, race, religion, gender, disability, or sexual orientation. The Hate Crimes Act of 2009 prohibits that conduct. Many of those teabaggers could have spent a night in jail under that law alone. For any so-called "decent" Republican to even associate themselves with that group of folks is enough to warrant them the title of "traitor" "unamerican" and "terrorist". When I see people on this forum making excuses for this type of behavior rather than acknowledge it for what it really is...you have demonstrated your support for racists (making you one of them). It's like you called yourself out rather than anyone having to do the job for you.

Posted by: kitten2 | March 22, 2010 5:06 PM | Report abuse

Where's the proof. Show us proof. The Capitol Police dispelled claims that anyone was arrested at all. No charges were dropped by any congressman because there was noone to arrest. If anyone asaulted anyone, there were enough police and Congressman to apprehend the person. It was a too convenient lie for political purposes. And is too convenient a cheap shot for the neo-racist King to take on Steele.

Posted by: bobilly2 | March 22, 2010 5:08 PM | Report abuse

I think Mr. Steele is an idiot for the most part but I don't think he deserves what is said about him on this column. The fact that he is the GOP "head" is enough punishment for him. It is very courageous for him to take the job in the first place.

Posted by: AMQ1 | March 22, 2010 5:27 PM | Report abuse

I have often thought that Michael Steele had basically sold himself back to the slave owners. Now I'm sure of it. And the Republican Party? It is now clearly associated with a mob of racists and bigots, aka "The Tea Party" led by proven, self-avowed racists and bigots like Limbah and Beck. I don't see any point for the Democrats to try to include them in anything. Let them twist in the wind.

Posted by: jrw1 | March 22, 2010 5:29 PM | Report abuse

…or is it 30 pieces of silver?
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No, I beleive it's 40 acres and a mule.

And no, that is not a racial slur. Who he works for is an insult to all african americans.

Posted by: tommc1 | March 22, 2010 5:33 PM | Report abuse

Colbert King accuses Michael Steele of being beholden to the Tea Party movement without mentioning that he himself is beholden to the Liberal massahs at the Washington Post plantation.

Posted by: nolib1 | March 22, 2010 5:36 PM | Report abuse

Michael Steele is right... they ARE "idiots ... saying stupid things." It doesn't matter what other labels you want to apply to them. In the most basic sense of things, people who hurl insults based on a person's religion, ethnicity, gender, or sexual orientation are idiots who generally don't have a good or compelling argument.

Posted by: kiltedknight | March 22, 2010 5:39 PM | Report abuse

Talk about political correctness. Is the tea party movement so desperate to get a couple of hundred people out with signs they are scared to offend the only people they round up? You bet ya!

Posted by: bradcpa | March 22, 2010 5:48 PM | Report abuse

The tea baggers have a collective IQ of about thirty, their ignorance of governance and the Constitution is surpassed only by their likelyhood of marrying their cousin, you expected something more from them?

Posted by: orange3 | March 22, 2010 6:19 PM | Report abuse

So what would have you expected from this Uncle Tom Oreo? This lackey is an utter disgrace, being used as a ridiculous example of Republican "diversity". The fact that Sreele's beloved Tea Bag Freaks are venemous bigots apparently does not concern the pathetic fool. He should realize that the White Trash Racists that he grovels for would rather string him from a tree than look at him.

Posted by: shiva7 | March 22, 2010 6:43 PM | Report abuse

Colbert King & U-Jean Robinson, are the two biggest stepin-fetchits in the democratic party.

Moreover, there not even in Steeles league.
Both King and Robinson serve as the Washington Posts house Negros.

Posted by: dashriprock | March 22, 2010 6:55 PM | Report abuse

Michael Steele is a pathetic and misguided Uncle Tom of the first order. Poor thing, he somehow beleives his white Republican cronies actually like him and respect him, and as others have stated earlier, behind his back they laugh, and refer to him using the "n" word. But, they say, some people will do anything for money. Sadly poor little Michael has sold his soul.

As far as the Tea Party, they hide behind the rhetoric of too much government spending and control of their lives, more taxes etc...... all bullcrap. What it really boils down to is they cannot stand the fact that an African American is now in the White House. "Take our country back"... is a slogan often heard, yes, take our country back to having a white middle, or senior aged man as President.

What is even more funny about these Tea Baggers is some are uneducated, unemployed, underemployed and can use this healthcare legislation more that some others, yet rail against it.

Posted by: 72Redskins | March 22, 2010 7:14 PM | Report abuse

"Used the N word in attacking black members of Congress. Spit on a Black Congressman. Used the Q word in attacking a gay member of Congress. Is anyone surprised to witness this type of behavior from a Tea Partier or a Republican? I have come to expect nothing on a higher level from these misinformed, intolerate, mean, awful people.
Posted by: dswanay | March 22, 2010 12:41 PM | Report abuse"

I know of no black man that would let the slurs slide, they would have had the protestors arrested for hate crimes...

Posted by: DwightCollins | March 22, 2010 7:25 PM | Report abuse

It will be interesting in this day of cell phones and minicams if anyone can produce a credible piece of evidence that this took place. Pots shouldn't be calling
Kettles black.

Posted by: jjlj | March 22, 2010 7:27 PM | Report abuse

Mr. King, an all too typical Leftwingtard, prefers the propaganda in staged street theatre over the truth.

He'll go to his grave arguing that somebody spit or somebody said "the n-word".

Now, examples of saying the "n-word" ~ well, one of them. Guy who'd been the Congresscritter from Prince Georges county MD until the black power coup kicked him out and made him run in a different district, Stenny Hoyer, said one of those "n-word" things yesterday morning (Sunday) on national TV.

Stenny said "deNIGrate".

He, like everyone else in the DC area knows there are people who will run your tail out of town for saying that, and Stenny is a well-trained DC Democrat lapdog, so you just know he didn't say that UNLESS IT WAS ON HIS MIND!

Oh, yes, Stenny Hoyer is walking around thinking the "n-word" and meaning every bit of it.

My mind boggles!

Lucky Stenny didn't say "NIGGardly", or "tossiN'Garbage" ~ both of them having attracted the "We are too sensitive and delicate to hear the n-word" crowd that abounds in this area.

Still, videos of the event showing all the principals in the story reveals that NO N-WORDS were thrown, and if Barney Frank has given up homosexuality, he should tell people.

Posted by: muawiyah | March 22, 2010 7:41 PM | Report abuse

72Redskins ~ did you actually say "Uncle Tom"?

That sort of racist garbage should get you banned for at least half an hour or so around here.

Posted by: muawiyah | March 22, 2010 7:43 PM | Report abuse

This is exhibit A in the campaign to discredit anyone who questions massive government takeover or the wisdom of Obama-Pelosi-Reid. Rather than discussion we get viscious name calling. When people in New York City gathered to protest the KSM trials contingents of known leftist agitators stood around yelling racial epithets and waving Hitler signs (the same ones they'd been using to protest Bush) And , of course. that was what was reported in the Times, New Yorker et. al. Colbert King is just doing the government's bidding by trying to reduce any discussion to name calling. It's disgraceful but it's also obvious voters are catching on--as they always do.

Posted by: wbensonhuber | March 22, 2010 7:45 PM | Report abuse

bfjackjernigan ~ you silly person. You and your fellow Democrats spent most of a decade teaching the American people that the correct and proper way to depict the President of the United States is as HITLER!

Now, you want to change the rules?

Tell you what, Republicans and Tea Party movement people haven't depicted the President as your other favorite character ~ the chimpanzee!

Much more fascist demands from you people and there could be that, and other things. There are some great "piggies" pictures floating around, but they focus mostly on others like Reid, his greedy sons, Biden, his greedy sons, Pelosi, her greedy sons, and so on.

Frankly, if you'd just pledge to give up fascist motives, fascist solutions and fascist slogans you might well get along with everybody else much better and "pictorial retaliatory sloganeering" might pass into the great beyond.

Oh, yeah, and the propaganda street theatre stuff ~ that's got to go or you'll start attracting whole big bunches of that crowd on the Secret Service's list of 400,000 dangerous people. I understand they like to get in on such events so they can commit REAL acts of violence. You might ask the anti-world bank people about that sort of thing.

Posted by: muawiyah | March 22, 2010 7:51 PM | Report abuse

are yu out of your f#$# mind. First you don't know if you those slurs actually happened. Second, somehow being a black man is now only equated with bowing down to king obama.

Posted by: romeror2k | March 22, 2010 7:52 PM | Report abuse

The sad thing about this movement, Mr. King, is that people who used to be rational, sane and occupy positions which usually garner respect, when they join forces with the Tea Partiers, must conform to the mob's mentality.
That's the demand of the Tea Party crew, no exceptions.
It appears to me that Mr. Steele is trying to have it both ways, so he can continue to have standing with them while appearing not to be in league with them, and in the process, he doesn't seem to understand that he will have to give up some portion of his personal integrity.
It's the price he must pay to stay in good with them.
Otherwise, they will see to it that he's RNC chair in name only, with little or no authority.
Many of the GOP congressmen have fallen to their siren call, as well.
Look at what has been happening on the floor of the House in the past year.
Were I caught in that fix, personally, I'd run screaming away from them.
But it seems my reaction is clearly in the minority.
The GOP can't hide the fact that the TP mob has captured that party and require they exhibit regularly a certain level of rage or they lose TP support.
In the process, this situation is eroding the quality of our national Union.
I don't know what it's going to take to bring these people back to civilized behavior.
However, Mr. Steele is caught in a trap, largely of his own making.
It's sad, but a fact.

Posted by: Judy-in-TX | March 22, 2010 7:58 PM | Report abuse

Mr. King, I don't read everything everyone writes on the WashingtonPost.com, and I don't have an opinion of every contributor, but I have tended to like some of the things you write. Having said that, it seems to me this particular post is a bit of a nitpick.

Assuming that people did shout racist and anti-gay slurs at Members of Congress (I wasn't there), calling them "idiots" instead of "racists" or "bigots" doesn't seem to me like a blog-able offense. The fact is, he distanced himself from them, and ridiculed them. To jump on the guy for the specific words he chose seems kind of petty. Just my reading of things.

Posted by: carloz0 | March 22, 2010 8:07 PM | Report abuse

Colbert King, just stop writing period. A few people embarrass everyone there, but you want to say the whole group should be shamed, and I suppose they should just go home because of the acts of a few. And feeding paranoia about Michael Steel, who dares to be outside the box you impose on Americans due to their skin color.
One of the most inexcusably shallow columns ever.

Posted by: kls1 | March 22, 2010 8:15 PM | Report abuse

Dear Colbert:

You are not the arbiter of all things black. Please check yourself.

When it comes to doing anything to stay on the payroll, even if it means sacrificing your identity as a black man and disgracing himself in the process, your colleague Milton Coleman selling out Jesse Jackson comes first to mind.

Posted by: gbooksdc | March 22, 2010 8:30 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: username

In fact a video has surfaced that says nothing of the kind was done.
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How do you video something that wasn't done? Do you just point the video recorder somewhere else? What a maroon!

Posted by: shhhhh | March 22, 2010 8:34 PM | Report abuse

I'm sure you consider any African American who doesn't share your racial view of the world to be something of a Judas, but I would give the man a break. Even if you're right about his choice of words, (and I agree with you on your suggested choice of words), I deeply disagree with you that he should be cast out as harshly as you seem to want to.

Here's a thought. Maybe if we stop making racism systemic, people will stop being racist.

Don't you find it insulting that the government thinks African Americans can't get decent jobs or a decent education on their own merit and need extra help to succeed?

In my opinion, ending Affirmative action would basically put racist and white supremacist movements on life support, with nothing left to complain about.

Talk about successful African Americans "only" getting so far because of affirmative action and not because of merit will go away.

It would also take doubts out of the minds of many African Americans about whether or not they "really" deserve to be where they are in life.

Maybe I'm way off base, but it seems like putting people on the same level would be like judging "not by the color of their skin but the content of their character."

If we had a merit based system, the already deeply diminished population of racists would likely flee even deeper into the shadows of their own ignorance, never to be seen or heard from again.

Posted by: sportbri | March 22, 2010 9:24 PM | Report abuse


Michael Steele and Rush Limbaugh are the heads of the KKK.

Posted by: lcarter0311 | March 22, 2010 9:32 PM | Report abuse

How hypocritical of liberal Democrats to express such outrage over racial epithets allegedly hurled at black people while, themselves, hurling racial epithets at a black man, Michael Steele. The racist characterizations of Mr. Steele are the same type of racist slurs Democrats used to demean blacks during the days of slavery and segregation. As author Michael Scheuer stated, the Democratic Party is the party of the four S's: slavery, secession, segregation and socialism. The socialist Democrats running black communities today have turned those neighborhoods into economic and social wastelands. Soon the budget busting ObamaCare bill enacted by the Democrats will turn America into a bankrupt third world country. Those average Americans who are participating in tea party protests are doing so because they do not want our country to be turned into a failed socialist nation.

Posted by: ricerpfp1 | March 22, 2010 9:34 PM | Report abuse

austininc4 wrote:

INTRODUCTION TO GOP FISCAL POLICY

Spending $1 TRILLION DOLLARS of our TAX PAYERS MONEY to provide Education, Security, Health Care and Infrastructure to the people of Iraq is "A NOBLE CAUSE".

Doing the same for the people of the USA is "SOCIALISM”.

You said it, bud, you said it. Sometimes it seems like the only thing they like to spend money on is death, destruction, and putting people in prison.

Posted by: cmckeonjr | March 22, 2010 9:46 PM | Report abuse

You can call them racist, provincial idiots. I would not be offended. Maybe they'll just get in their pick ups and go home. I actually listen to the vitriol spewed by Limbaugh and Savage. That way I know how they operate. Usually though I have to turn them off as I do get annoyed.

Posted by: skybride56 | March 22, 2010 9:59 PM | Report abuse

Colbert, I am ashamed of you. YOu are going on record stating that racial epithets were yelled at Black Congressional Members but NO ONE HAS YET PRODUCED A VIDEO< RECORDING Or any other method of recording with it being said.

I am a black man....and in todays 21st century, if racial epithets were yelled at the Members as they walked you would have some recording or record of it. SOmebody somewhere produce a recording with racist remarks on it. Your critique of Steele is baseless because you are taking the words of someone who claims this occurred from an opposing party to gain ground and consensus for the sake of staking a claim the racists are in the Tea Party.

My friend the real racists are sitting in the Democratic Party, Ried and Pelosi have no close black comrades, not when they were young and not as leaders in Congress. The real racists are those in the Dem Party that take the little black vote for granted year after year and see no need to fulfill promises to the black community because their vote is a HUGE AUTOMATIC! That is why the leaders within the Dem Party have their eyes set on the Hispanic vote. They couldnt care less about the black vote. A handful of Congressional members from Black districts, all where the murder rate, drug problems and poverty is sky high, even in wealthy neighborhoods in PG COunty...yeah we play the race care but now the race card is Playing US!

Move over black people the Dems have run out of room for you...they seek the Hispanic vote so you can kiss your A55es goodbye in November. It will be immigration, immigration and immigration for the Dems and when the Hispanic vote does start gaining ground the majority will leave the ABORTION HEAVY PARTY for the GOP because of its stand on Abortion....so there Colbert, produce a tape, recording or something with all those mics and cameras around on the HIll that day, somebody should have recorded the "N" word somewhere, so dont just throw that BS around because a few congressional members want it to catch on, Novemeber is coming and you can Ki55 your a55e5 goodbye!

Posted by: Fred23 | March 22, 2010 10:27 PM | Report abuse

Colbert, I am ashamed of you. YOu are going on record stating that racial epithets were yelled at Black Congressional Members but NO ONE HAS YET PRODUCED A VIDEO< RECORDING Or any other method of recording with it being said.

I am a black man....and in todays 21st century, if racial epithets were yelled at the Members as they walked you would have some recording or record of it. SOmebody somewhere produce a recording with racist remarks on it. Your critique of Steele is baseless because you are taking the words of someone who claims this occurred from an opposing party to gain ground and consensus for the sake of staking a claim the racists are in the Tea Party.

My friend the real racists are sitting in the Democratic Party, Ried and Pelosi have no close black comrades, not when they were young and not as leaders in Congress. The real racists are those in the Dem Party that take the little black vote for granted year after year and see no need to fulfill promises to the black community because their vote is a HUGE AUTOMATIC! That is why the leaders within the Dem Party have their eyes set on the Hispanic vote. They couldnt care less about the black vote. A handful of Congressional members from Black districts, all where the murder rate, drug problems and poverty is sky high, even in wealthy neighborhoods in PG COunty...yeah we play the race care but now the race card is Playing US!

Move over black people the Dems have run out of room for you...they seek the Hispanic vote so you can kiss your A55es goodbye in November. It will be immigration, immigration and immigration for the Dems and when the Hispanic vote does start gaining ground the majority will leave the ABORTION HEAVY PARTY for the GOP because of its stand on Abortion....so there Colbert, produce a tape, recording or something with all those mics and cameras around on the HIll that day, somebody should have recorded the "N" word somewhere, so dont just throw that BS around because a few congressional members want it to catch on, Novemeber is coming and you can Ki55 your a55e5 goodbye!

Posted by: Fred23 | March 22, 2010 10:27 PM | Report abuse

lcarter0311 ~ guess you picked that up at the latest Klavern where you took the torch and lit fire to the cross.

You filthy little KKK infiltrator to this thread. You don't know. You don't know.

Posted by: muawiyah | March 22, 2010 10:31 PM | Report abuse

Our great nation was built on many principles including freedom of choice. But nowadays it's all about control - who has control of Congress, who controls the White House, the media, the money, and so forth. The truly sad thing is that we as a people have lost our way. We can never just debate our sides about a particular topic before Congress anymore. Now it's about 'winning is the only thing' - no matter to what level one side or the other stoops to in order to win, to make its point and get that all important sound byte for the sake of re-election and posturing - it's win at all costs or blow the damn thing up.

This weekend in DC was like a composite of all the negative things that have come about with change in our nation. From racial and homophobic slurs to comparisons to Stalin and referring to handguns when things don't go one way or the other. And let's not forget political maneuvers on the House floor for or against the topic at hand and finding ways to keep a majority or make it not happen. Yes, health care is a major concern and it really doesn't matter what side of the matter I was on - because in the end, everyone loses when it all about winning at all costs. This is how we suffer as a country when it's all about the next battle and the next way to trip up the opposition.

Let's get a grip people - the sun will rise tomorrow, we will still have breath in our lungs and we can move forward regardless of whatever side of the topics we may be on - we need to clean up our respective acts and stand up as Americans for having a democracy that lets us demonstrate for or against what we believe in - but let's show some class out there and not drop to the lowest common denominator when things don't go our way.

Well, we can at least try.

Posted by: RLJComm | March 22, 2010 11:10 PM | Report abuse

Weak, Mr. King. Very, very weak.

Three cheers for Mr. Steel, who maintains his integrity in spite of pathetic attacks against him.

Posted by: Ixtlan | March 22, 2010 11:48 PM | Report abuse

The GOP is little more than the remnants of the Klan anymore. Take a look at what fires up their base every time. Rush Limbaugh putting out the laughable fantasy that "48% of Obama's voters were black welfare recipients". But it was ever thus, from Willie Horton right up to yesterday's slurs. This party is everything that American ideals work to move past.

The GOP represents our embarrassing past. May we grow beyond it gracefully and swiftly.

Posted by: B2O2 | March 23, 2010 12:09 AM | Report abuse

So, has it really come to this:

If the chairman says people are idiots but doesn't really "rip them", he's protecting them as a bootlicking Negro that is protecting Masta'? If he goes too far and says something more, then he's a hothead with no couth that should be thrown out on his ear?

With Black people like the author, Steele can't win - which is why it makes all in the sense in the world to ignore this "brother."

My question is this: when Steele articulated that Limbaugh is NOT the leader of the RNC and, in fact, categorized him as an "entertainer" back in February 2009, where was this author or any other "right-standing Black man" to defend Steele for standing up to the more questionable and racist parts of the conservative movement?

There were nowhere to be found.

And this highlights my point: Black people are quick to jump down the throat of folks like Steele without a willing to take in the whole story. When Steele stands up to racists and bigots, the Black community by-and-large refuses to say anything in support to express, "...hey, it's about time someone in leadership over at the RNC respected us as Americans..." Why is that?

The quote "...Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere..." by Dr. King has been lost on Black people for the most part - an example being this piece above. It's that failure to express true morality that has led to us losing morality and ethics within our community. If we can propagate the same hatred and distain for people without use of facts or leveraging of love, then why do we think that we should be able to move forward as a community (i.e., Black folks) or as a collective nation (i.e., the United States)?

To the author: have you ever gone to a Tea Party? Have you talked to those older White people there - many of whom are HOLDING BLACK GRANDCHILDREN AS YOU TALK TO THEM? Are they racist - many of whom are the same people that grew up during the Civil Rights movement and defended the rights of Black people as teenagers? Do the math on the years and check the history, my brother and fellow child of God.

In the meanwhile, stop spreading this junk, particularly if you are investigating by way of sitting on your behind from behind your desk and not on your feet in front of the people you castigate - falsely, I might add. And if you are too afraid to move forward with Steele or the Tea Party people, then walk with me, child of God, and I can show you a different - and truer - sense of what is going down in this political game.

PYC - Proud Young Conservative

Posted by: razzamataz1 | March 23, 2010 9:06 AM | Report abuse

TeaBAGGERS are nothing more than disgruntled old Republicans who believe the party didn't actually lynch enough black people. TeaBAGGERS are purely the KLAN Wing of the dying Republican Party trying to survive on its own.

Posted by: NothingButTheTruth | March 23, 2010 9:54 AM | Report abuse

When Democrats can't win arguments based on facts, they resort to false racism charges. Democrats readily and falsely link Republicans to the KKK. In fact the Ku Klux Klan was started by Democrats in 1866 to lynch and terrorize Republicans, black and white, and the Ku Klux Klan became the terrorist arm of the Democratic Party. Details about the Democratic Party and the Ku Klux Klan can be found in the book “A Short History of Reconstruction” by liberal professor Dr. Eric Foner. His bio can be found on the Internet at: http://www.ericfoner.com/

While today the David Dukes of the world have not been embraced by the Republican Party, former Klansman Democrat Senator Robert Byrd is still being embraced by the Democratic Party. Democrats call Byrd the "conscience of the Senate". Byrd who was a fierce opponent of desegregating the military complained in one letter: “I would rather die a thousand times and see old glory trampled in the dirt never to rise again than see this beloved land of ours become degraded by race mongrels, a throwback to the blackest specimen of the wilds”. In the early 1970's, Byrd pushed to have the Senate's main office building named after a former "Dixiecrat”, Democrat Senator Richard Russell who was Byrd's mentor and leading opponent of anti-lynching legislation. In 2001 Byrd was forced to apologize for using the "N-word" on television. While an Illinois Senator, President Barack Obama wrote a letter of support for Byrd that helped that racist win re-election.

The fact that Republicans today are not racists is explained clearly in the article “The Myth of the Racist Republicans” by Gerard Alexander that is posted on the Claremont Institute’s website at: http://www.claremont.org/publications/crb/id.928/article_detail.asp

Posted by: ricerpfp1 | March 23, 2010 11:04 AM | Report abuse

I strongly suspect the allegations of vulgar slurs are true because I myself have in fact been subjected to them. In the few times that I've made the mistake of trying to civilly blog and make politically moderate points on a few of these right-wing blog sites, I've been called "commie queer" and "HOMO" even though my comments had NOTHING to do with homosexuality (or communism), so I can only deduce what these people would say to someone who is an acknowledged gay like Barney Franks.

Posted by: JLocascio | March 23, 2010 1:01 PM | Report abuse

Steele is a modern day uncle Tom. The Tea Party is based on racism, and it will not be long before their stupidity is exposed, an African American in the white house is the foundation of their anger. Everything else is a smoke screen.

Posted by: RealTruth2 | March 23, 2010 4:49 PM | Report abuse

The Republicans were doing nothing but lying and obstructing to reach their ends.

I cannot believe ANYONE could take seriously the torrent of utter KRAPP that came out of the Republican Party over the last year, from Sarah Palin's Death Panel to Tom Tancredo

America is not Socialist if we help those less fortunate.

It also boggles the mind that this is the CHRISTIAN party. No one could continue to believe there is anything Christian about the Republican Party.

They weren't representing America, they were representing their self-interest at the expense of America.

Posted by: vigor | March 24, 2010 10:29 AM | Report abuse

"Why else would they throw around a homophobic phrase like "teabagger" without wincing?"

Teabaggers first identified THEMSELVES as Teabaggers. If they are too ignorant from their Abstinence Only educations to know there's a sexual connotation to the phrase, well, that's their peoblem, not mine. Plus why would you think this is "homophobic?" The Urban Dictionary defines teabagging as: 2) a man that squats on top of a womens face and lowers his genitals into her mouth during sex, known as "teabagging" They also give the definition 4) a person who is unaware that they have said or done something foolish, childlike, noobish, lame, or inconvenient. which seems to fit our teabaggers better.

"yelling racial epithets and waving Hitler signs (the same ones they'd been using to protest Bush)"

People used signs of Barack Obama with a Hitler mustache to protest Bush?!!

I think we are back to Idiots.

Posted by: lmwilker | March 24, 2010 10:35 AM | Report abuse

To the first commenter:

Congressman Emanuel Cleaver D-MO who is also black was spat upon allegedly by members of the Tea Party. The protestor who spit on Cleaver was arrested and turned over to Capitol Police.

“They were shouting the N-word,” one police official said. “It was like a page out of a time machine.”

Capitol Police surrounded the group and escorted them across the street to the Capitol. Cleaver's office decided not to press charges taking the high road in what was an ugly incident.

So, Capitol Police arrested the racist spitters -- instead of photographing them. Then Rep. Cleaver dropped the charges. You, and all the Tea Party haters, have a whole lot to learn.

Posted by: nadeemsx | March 25, 2010 9:00 AM | Report abuse

You, Mr. King, are reprehensible. Every party, group, fanbase has loons. To make it sound as if the more than 30,000 people who were there were anything more than a lawful assembly, with the minor exceptions of a crazy few, are divisive and reprehensible. Just how many arrests were there? None. How many acts of violence have been noted to date? Many were documented during the elections, by the same you would deem as "appropriate." You challenge Mr. Steele's very identity because it isn't one of entitlement. You must then loathe Thomas Sowell; another brilliant man of color who believes in self-responsibility and isn't of the "pack" mentality, or that the government owes him anything.

Mr. Steele has suffered because of his convictions. Did you defend him whenever Democrats threw Oreos at him? I'd bet not. You continue the allegation that he isn't "Black" enough? Just how should he act? So, isn't it far more racist to follow color lines, and denigrate someone because they're not supportive of a color? Shame on you. I find you totally racist, and a spreader of propoganda.

Posted by: arslp | March 26, 2010 12:10 AM | Report abuse

If the GOP is as racially sensitive as they claim to be, why did they hire the dumbest black guy they could possibly find to chair the RNC?

It was a lot of fun watching these idiotic Republicans "warning" the Democrats that the passage of health care reform will cost them dearly at the polls in November. It reminded me of a certain Disney film I saw when I was a kid:

"OH, PLEASE DON'T THROW ME INTO THAT BRIAR PATCH, BRER BEAR!!!"

It's going to cost someone dearly, alright, but it won't be the Dems. Former Bush 43 speechwriter Davin Frum put it perfectly yesterday when he said that it was the Republicans - not Barack Obama - who had met their "Waterloo". The historical rule of politics, that an incumbent president's party always loses ground in the midterm elections, will go out the window come November. They will be unable to win without the help of the moderates. At this moment the moderates are abandoning this sinking ship en masse. The extremism of people like Michele Bachmann and John Beohner is starting to scare the hell out of them. Gee, I wonder why!

http://www.tomdegan.blogspot.com

Tom Degan

Posted by: tomdeganfrontiernetnet | March 28, 2010 6:44 AM | Report abuse

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