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Republicans on 'the firing line'

Taken in isolation, Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele's call to put House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on "the firing line" isn't a big deal. "Fire Nancy!" has been a mantra of the GOP for a while now. But in the context of the violence and threats directed at members of congress this past week, it is disturbing.

House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) finally and forcefully denounced the craziness that has erupted among the crazies in his party last night on Fox News:

I know many Americans are angry over this health-care bill, and that Washington Democrats just aren't listening. But, as I've said, violence and threats are unacceptable. That's not the American way. We need to take that anger and channel it into positive change. Call your congressman, go out and register people to vote, go volunteer on a political campaign, make your voice heard -- but let's do it the right way.

The right way should also include not employing tripwire rhetoric, especially by "leaders."

Last week, Boehner himself suggested that Rep. Steve Driehaus (D-Ohio) "may be a dead man" because of his vote for the health-care bill. "He can't go home to the west side of Cincinnati," Boehner taunted. "The Catholics will run him out of town." Driehaus is now receiving death threats. There's also a protest planned in front of his home, thanks to a conservative blog that printed his address.

A little more than an hour after President Obama signed the health-care bill into law on Tuesday, Sarah Palin tweeted: "Commonsense Conservatives & lovers of America: "Don't Retreat, Instead - RELOAD!" She went one better on her Facebook page by including a map with gun sights over the 20 districts that went for the McCain-Palin ticket in the 2008 presidential election but are represented by Democrats who voted for the health-care bill.

McCain, meanwhile, tried to have it both ways. On the Today Show this morning, he condemned the emergence of violence but dismissed his former running mate's gun-sight map and the rhetoric being used as the typical language of politics.

That may be, but when members of congress are being targeted, obscene and threatening messages are being delivered, windows are being smashed and gas lines are being cut, it's time to use different metaphors.

The atmosphere around the Capitol and the country is toxic. The extreme voices that have taken over the GOP must be overcome by Republican leaders willing to set aside short-term political interests (an energized base is mid-term elections gold, you know). Sadly, said leaders are in short supply, as too many of them seem content to sow the seeds of anger and mistrust with wink-and-nod rhetoric that serves to foment the violent impulses they say they condemn.

By Jonathan Capehart  | March 25, 2010; 8:36 AM ET
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The GOP must realize that with the advent of instant communication via Facebook, Twitter, and the internet, it would behove us all to use language which is more civil. Unfortunately, there are a lot of "crazies" out there, who don't understand that when someone says "he will be a dead man"...that it is a metaphor. These crazies take it literally. So politicians, be smart in these times, say what you want, but use language that does not incite violence.

To quote the President:

"We can agree to disagree without being disagreeable"

Posted by: StayinCivil | March 25, 2010 10:08 AM | Report abuse

I seem to recall the only violence / vandalism that against Democrats that resulted in an actual arrest was perpetrated by a Democratic operative, hoping to make Republicans look bad.

Probably some disgruntled leftist that is peeved we don't have single-payer.

Posted by: sold2u | March 25, 2010 10:18 AM | Report abuse

Well, sold2u, you have that exactly backwards, or don't you remember that young Republican worker who carved the "B" into her own face and blamed a black assailant? Seems to me you just are making it up to suit your own prejudices.

What's astounding to me is that all this vitriol has built up around providing HEALTH CARE. Not unlimited wiretapping, or the loss of habeas corpus or the near-collapse of our whole financial system that happened under the Republicans. What is wrong with you people?

Posted by: lahke | March 25, 2010 10:41 AM | Report abuse

Always good to get lessons in civility. I would argue that marganalizing political opponents is a tactic and persons who are offended, maybe a hundred million conservatives, would be correct here to demand apology. That is if the object is to promote civility.

Posted by: almorganiv | March 25, 2010 10:53 AM | Report abuse

People who resort to violence or threat of violence are terrorists. If they are captured, they should be treated as such. In the current climate, where the threat of mortal violence is real, saying or posting further inflammatory rhetoric should be condemned. It's the same as yelling "Fire!" in a crowded theater. We all know there are crazies in the Tea Party and the GOP and we know they are armed.

Posted by: DavidH3 | March 25, 2010 11:40 AM | Report abuse

The tea bags are racist lunatics. Palin is a moron and her comment about RELOADING is disgusting and dangerous given the level of intelligence (almost zero) of most tea bags.

Posted by: EdSantaFe | March 25, 2010 11:43 AM | Report abuse

For me this is home grown terrorism.
What I really found disturbing is why the FEDS need to figure out what to do or how to handle the threats. ?¿

Lock them up like they lock up anyone else!!! I say send them over to Guantanamo Bay!!!!


And why is there more MEDIA VIDEO SNIPPETS of this violence instigation being shown every hour???

We saw Rev. Wright hourly and this was one mans sermon.
Why aren't Palin and the rest receiving more QUESTIONING about their contribution??

Why isn't FOX being questioned about this as well considering she contributes to them now.

I'm sorry people, but I don't believe in the FAKE apologies being given out ONLY when asked. Why no press conference that breaks into the lunch hour or what have you DEMANDING people STOP the threats?

The MEDIA plays a role in this as well.
Republicans really act like that spoiled child we see who refused to do what he is told that is right and insist on having his way including violence.

Posted by: bbg_isback | March 25, 2010 11:44 AM | Report abuse

Reading these posts is hysterical. Some folks actually have the audacity to say what republicans say is awful, and then refer to them as tea baggers in the same post. Civility starts with yourself.

Posted by: termiteavenger | March 25, 2010 11:49 AM | Report abuse

This eruption of threats and vandalism has been building ever the campaign when we witnessed people at the Republican rallies shouting, "KILL HIM" and the Republican candidates doing NOTHING to stop it.
I predict there will be blood. These people want it. And, as long as the Republican "leadership" offers nothing but tepid bleats of "violence is unacceptable", they will do nothing to calm their hordes.

Posted by: cms1 | March 25, 2010 11:50 AM | Report abuse

Civil War 2 by 2012.

Get used to the idea.

Posted by: pmendez | March 25, 2010 11:51 AM | Report abuse

republicans don't believe in democracy. Thir extreme reaction to legislative defeat is partly the result of getting away with stealing the presidential election in 2000 and with treason required to lie about war. There can be no further appeasement of republican fascism. There will be another timothy mcveigh crawling out from the tea-bag cesspool and attempting to murder. Hold those who are inciting their party's scum to acts of murder responsible. Try 'em and hang 'em. You betcha!!

Posted by: JovialReaper | March 25, 2010 11:53 AM | Report abuse

This is so the pot calling the kettle black. Dems are dangerous and violient everywhere they show up at the G-7 and IMF meetings being a great example. How about some of the movies that have film festival awards for depicting the assinations of George Bush and Tony Blair? Could you imagine the outcry of a movie show Maobama in that context? Dems your cry wolf is not going to help you come November. Bye-Bye...

Posted by: restonhoops | March 25, 2010 11:53 AM | Report abuse

Capeheart, Capeheart,

Go spew your Progressive whines on FDL or DailyKos...this is supposed to be a media outlet.

You have no news...just lying whines...

Your opinions are pulled out of a dark place...

Posted by: easttxisfreaky | March 25, 2010 11:54 AM | Report abuse

President Obama needs to call in the army to arrest the tea partiers and take their weapons before someone gets hurt or killed. The tea partiers are far worse than the 9/11 terrorists. These are Americans threatening Americans with violence. Tea Party-America's garbage.

Posted by: moxford0 | March 25, 2010 11:54 AM | Report abuse

republicans don't believe in democracy. Their extreme reaction to legislative defeat is partly the result of getting away with stealing the presidential election in 2000 and with treason required to lie about war. There can be no further appeasement of republican fascism. There will be another timothy mcveigh crawling out from the tea-bag cesspool and attempting to murder. Hold those who are inciting their party's scum to acts of murder responsible. Try 'em and hang 'em. You betcha!!

Posted by: JovialReaper | March 25, 2010 11:54 AM | Report abuse

AMEN!!! AMEN!!! AMEN!!!!!

You hit it right on the head.
Where were they then????

This nation ran around "Support Your Troops" because they were lied to about WMD. Then they had families justifiying the death of their own kids because of their service as not being wasted.

Where were they when the TRUTH came out???
Yes I support my troops and always will, but that doesn't mean I agree with the ORDER!!! They didn't have to die for Iraq.
We won't send them to other places for the same reason. "No sense putting them in harms way... "

They agreed with wiretapping while at the same time talking patriotism and democracy???

They agree with spending all that money on Iraq, but not themselves??????????????

God knows we haven't seen the true bill because many military individuals have not and are not receiving the care they needed because they were just left out there.

Oh... and lets not forget about the FAKE HERO Female Soldier story that turned out not to be true.

McCain talks out of both sides of his mouth and the respect I had for him is gone. Long gone! I did my history research and I see he is nothing more than a token who exploited his status more than it really was. Hero? Ha!

The violent and childish ways of the right and conservative are making the left look great if you ask me!

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Well, sold2u, you have that exactly backwards, or don't you remember that young Republican worker who carved the "B" into her own face and blamed a black assailant? Seems to me you just are making it up to suit your own prejudices.

What's astounding to me is that all this vitriol has built up around providing HEALTH CARE. Not unlimited wiretapping, or the loss of habeas corpus or the near-collapse of our whole financial system that happened under the Republicans. What is wrong with you people?

Posted by: lahke | March 25, 2010 10:41 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: bbg_isback | March 25, 2010 11:54 AM | Report abuse

"Taken in isolation, Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele's call to put House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on "the firing line" isn't a big deal. "Fire Nancy!" has been a mantra of the GOP for a while now. But in the context of the violence and threats directed at members of congress this past week, it is disturbing." -- from the corrupt liberal/progressive fascists at the POST

........... Please ! Give us a break elities.......

Trying to create "news" where there isn't any.

POST, how did it feel to have to carry the Dems dirty water for them?

Posted by: allenridge | March 25, 2010 11:56 AM | Report abuse

Americans should arm and protect themselves against the angry racist mob that is the Teabag Party. If I see one on or near my property, I will shoot first and ask questions later. You should too.

Posted by: unpluggedboodah | March 25, 2010 11:56 AM | Report abuse

Republicans deep down KNOW the voting demographics are against them, that's why we're hearing more and more talk of violence as an answer from them now.

Posted by: controlbob1 | March 25, 2010 11:57 AM | Report abuse

YES!! YES!!! YES!!!!
Then it will be interesting will the Republicans question them being treated as terrorist.

Sent them to Guantanamo Bay!!!

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People who resort to violence or threat of violence are terrorists. If they are captured, they should be treated as such. In the current climate, where the threat of mortal violence is real, saying or posting further inflammatory rhetoric should be condemned. It's the same as yelling "Fire!" in a crowded theater. We all know there are crazies in the Tea Party and the GOP and we know they are armed.

Posted by: DavidH3 | March 25, 2010 11:40 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: bbg_isback | March 25, 2010 11:57 AM | Report abuse

I will never understand the mind of these people:

War - they cheer
Torture - they cheer
Tax Cuts for the Wealthy - they cheer
The Patriot Act - they cheer

But health reform turns them into an angry mob screaming at town halls, mocking those who are sick and say they need health care, lamenting the end of freedom. And now some advocate violence and issue threats and others do actual violence.

The Republicans are responsible for this - many of them are as bad as any TV or radio talker using inflammatory rhetoric. They want to use these angry people to return to power so they whip them into frenzy but they are unleashing something that is spinning out of control.

Posted by: FauxReal | March 25, 2010 11:59 AM | Report abuse

How about that great sucking sound of NAFTA which was signed by Bill Clinton.

Posted by: think11 | March 25, 2010 12:05 PM | Report abuse

While the South Carolina AG was signing the suit to overturn healthcare, the people who protest in South Carolina were marching at the capital about other things...like the cult who protests at military funerals & the University students who make fun of them.

No where was there a sign about healthcare - pro or con.

The on-line comment board on articles about healthcare or even at the end of letters to the editor at the local newspaper, the State, runs 4 or 5-1 against doing away with the healthcare bill as passed. Many suspect even the one against is a troll visiting different rticles & using many names.

Even a known adversary to the healthcare bill before the bill passed said he was for this healthcare bill.

South Carolina denounces the anarchy promoted by Republicans & as a senior, I believe Republicans will pay for their curdish behavior in November - Keep an eye on South Carolina - the Republicans may meet their waterloo - at home.

Posted by: SCVoter | March 25, 2010 12:06 PM | Report abuse

This it the question. If there is a Civil War, who going to be fighting whom? I wish the tea partiers all the best of luck when they go up against THE US ARMY, MARINES and the like.

Posted by: danielburke3 | March 25, 2010 12:10 PM | Report abuse

At best the tea baggers are the new KKK. At worst they are potential domestic terrorists. In either case they need to be dealt with NOW.

Posted by: EdSantaFe | March 25, 2010 12:13 PM | Report abuse

These cynical politicians know full well what they are doing, and when the violence they are inciting starts, they will blame it on the Democrats. Right now we are rolling inexorably towards our Timothy McVeigh moment. When it comes, I hope the Republican strategists have it wrong, and it is the right-wingers who get the blowback and the blame.

Posted by: gposner | March 25, 2010 12:15 PM | Report abuse

How can Fox news, Limbaugh and Beck cause people to riot and not be held accountable? How come the Federal government is not closing them down? It time for hatred to stop even if it means filling up the prisons with the idiots spewing it. And don't say free speech.

Posted by: danielburke3 | March 25, 2010 12:15 PM | Report abuse

read this and tell me who doing the hate http://tinyurl.com/ygjjc9f

Posted by: jamw1 | March 25, 2010 12:16 PM | Report abuse

pmendez wrote:
"Civil War 2 by 2012.
Get used to the idea."
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So are you just warning us of the danger, or will you also be participating in the insurrection? If so, I think you should go to PolitiFact.org, a Pulitzer Prize-winning and NON-PARTISAN source (really, they ARE non-partisan) to read the articles on health care BEFORE you start pulling any triggers.

That some opponents of the health care legislation actually think that this is how we should solve our problems is mind-boggling. That they think that this legislation, for all its faults (and I happen to think there are plenty) is worth INSURRECTION is mind-boggling. These folks have drunk the wingnut kool-aid and lost all sense of civic responsibility and proportion and any shred of rationality. What happened to voting "the bums out" at the ballot box?

We had Civil War I. It was four years of costly destruction and appalling carnage. Apparently some folks haven't learned a thing.

Posted by: post_reader_in_wv | March 25, 2010 12:16 PM | Report abuse

there isn't going to be any violent war. the next civil war will be one of a political nature. however, danielburke3, maybe you need to read a little history about our civil war. at that time or military split. which was a problem because many of the us army's best leaders were from virginia, and many of them went to the south.

Posted by: termiteavenger | March 25, 2010 12:17 PM | Report abuse

No surprises here, these tactics are part of the current GOP Playbook:

1. Use apocalyptic rhetoric that exacerbates fear, bigotry and extremism among the uneducated and intolerant.
2. Counter any liberal criticism of your inflammatory calls for action by saying they can't take a joke.
3. Keep turning up the heat and act surprised when somebody finally heeds your calls for extreme action.
4. Be sure to maintain you were only speaking figuratively and you are being unfairly blamed when violence occurs.
5. Keep your celebrations behind closed doors.

Posted by: bpai_99 | March 25, 2010 12:19 PM | Report abuse

This it the question. If there is a Civil War, who going to be fighting whom? I wish the tea partiers all the best of luck when they go up against THE US ARMY, MARINES and the like.
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Couple points

1. Military folk tend to trend conservative.
2. Military seems to have issues effectively dealing with insurections in Iraq and Afganistan despite the much smaller population.

Not saying I support violence but the fact is that a determined underground resistance is very very very hard to root out.

Posted by: BradG | March 25, 2010 12:26 PM | Report abuse

This columnist, the Washington Post, and Democrats in general are out of touch and they are the extremists, not the GOP. The Dems have a slim minority in Congress, yet have to resort to the sleaziest methods to bribe senators to get this garbage passed. Multiple mainstream polls have shown that less than 50 percent of the American people support this bill, but Obama and the Dems are forcing it upon the American people anyway. Who are the extremists here? It's the Democratic fascist oligarchy.

Posted by: FormerVAResident | March 25, 2010 12:29 PM | Report abuse

bpai_99 - So I guess it was republicans who were hanging GBush, Cheney, and Sarah Palin in effigy? Right now all that we know is that some people have made some threats. Heck, I have had death threats made toward me in my job. Right now, the only real violence I can recall, where identities can be determined, was that video when the SEIU guys beat up someone at a rally. Again, if liberals want to calm things down perhaps they should calm down themselves. But again, Rahm has been quoted as wanting to take advantage of any crisis, so maybe they have no real want to calm this down?

Posted by: termiteavenger | March 25, 2010 12:30 PM | Report abuse

"Trying to create "news" where there isn't any."
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So are you intentionally trying to miss the point? Or will it take someone walking up to a Member of Congress or a staffer and shooting them or burning their house before it is newsworthy in your estimation?

The point is that there are crazies claiming something horrific just happened and rationalizing that therefore they are perhaps entitled to do something horrific. When in fact, the only thing that happened is a majority of Congress passed legislation they have been trying to pass for a hundred years.

The point is that leaders are trying to have it both ways - once fanning those thoughts and next moment chilling out. Like Bush associating Saddam with 9-11 and then after starting a war saying he never said it.

Still don't get it? Well, then imagine the death threat went to your home. Now tell me it's no big deal.

Posted by: tfspa | March 25, 2010 12:30 PM | Report abuse

Bin Laden doesn't have to lift a finger. We'll do ourselves in.

Posted by: newsraptor | March 25, 2010 12:31 PM | Report abuse

Civil War II will be red states vs blue states. And each side will have nukes.

Posted by: FLvet | March 25, 2010 12:32 PM | Report abuse

We have become so used to the venomous rhetoric and actions of the extremist conservatives that we often fail to see how dangerous things are becoming.

When someone like Palin puts out propaganda that is filled with military references (targets with crosshairs, the use of inflammatory weapon-related words (reload, assault, etc). the atmosphere can become extremely dangerous given the unstable mental state of many of her followers. It's hard to believe she was a vice-presidential candidate.

The media should call Palin on her vicious statements. But of course they won't, with the exception of responsible columnists such as Capehart .

Posted by: dougd1 | March 25, 2010 12:33 PM | Report abuse

The original Republican "death panels" were imaginary and self-serving. The death panels they have created now are dangerous and real. It's time for McCain to condemn violence with out a smirk and a "but."

Posted by: annjee | March 25, 2010 12:37 PM | Report abuse

I can't say this enough. Liberals using the term teabagger, or an various terms like it, are using the same laguage you hate. Is this irony lost to you? You equate anyone you disagrees with you as a sex act. You sound like a mad adolescent child, stomping your feet and calling us names becaue you can't have a second bowl of ice cream.

Posted by: jay441 | March 25, 2010 12:37 PM | Report abuse

I saw the best comment about Sarah Palin the other day - "she's the Britney Spears of politics". Now, with her gun-sights and "Reload" comment, we might need to call her the Timothy McVeigh of politics.
Yes, I also question, is the FBI investigating her as a terroist? She's definitely "palling around with terrorists", the tea-bagger fringe lunatics, but more than that, she's inciting them to violence against our elected representatives. Wouldn't that be considered treason and sedition under the constitution? Why are her threats and those of other Republicans not being taken seriously?

Posted by: seethewest | March 25, 2010 12:38 PM | Report abuse

I will never understand the mind of these people:
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This country was founded on personal responsibility and freedom. Maybe Russia or France might be a better locale for you?

Posted by: restonhoops | March 25, 2010 12:39 PM | Report abuse

I'm particularly irked by the two Senators from Maine, Snowe and Collins. Supposed/touted as moderates, how do they sleep at night knowing that their party encourages these crazies? How in good conscience to they still associate themselves with and amongst such idiots? They'd make a powerful statement against GOP fostered extremism by announcing that they've switched parties. They certainly can find a welcome place among the blue dog Dems whose ideology is similar to theirs.

Posted by: hypocritebuster | March 25, 2010 12:42 PM | Report abuse

IT IS WHAT IT IS. HOW SHORT MEMORY IS. WHO CAN REMEMBER THE VIETNAM PROTESTERS? WERE THEY CIVIL?hOW ABOUT THE DEMS ACTION AGAINST GEORGE BUSH ?WERE THEY CIVIL. HOW ABOUT NOW, THE REMARKS ABOUT BUSH AND KARL ROVE. ARE THEY CIVIL? OH BUT IT IS DIFFERENT BECAUSE THEY ARE REALLY WRONG. ONLY THE LIBERAL DEMS HAVE IT RIGHT I GUESS.HOW ABOUT ALL OF THE COMENTS IN RESPONSE TO THIS ARTICLE ARE THEY CIVIL?
IT SEEMS THAT THE SHOE ONLY FITS WHEN IT IS ON SOMEONE ELSES FOOT.
THOSE WHO VOTED FOR CHANGE ARE GETTIG IT. THEY ARE SUFFERING A PUBLIC WHO IS DISGUSTED WITH THE DIRECTION OBUMA IS TAKING THIS COUNTRY. I WONDER HOW MANY OF THE WRITERS HAVE EVER DONE ANYTHING FOR THEIR COUNTRY/ HOW MANY OF THEM HAVE EVER SERVED IN THE ARMED FORCES? HOW MANY HAVE DONATED TIME TO ANY OF THE SOCIAL HELP AGENCIES? HOW MANY ARE WILLING TO GO INTO THE INNER CITY TO HELP THOSE LESS FORTUNATE. STOP CRYING YOU ASKED FOR SOMETHING BUT GAVE LITTLE THOUGHT TO WHAT YOU CREATED.
NO CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE ACTION IS ACCEPTABLE, BUT REMEMBER THAT YOU CANNOT HAVE IT BOTH WAYS. YOU GET WHAT YOU DESERVE. EVERY ACTION HAS A CONSEQUENCE. HAS ANYONE PRODUCED PROOF THAT IT WAS NOT A PLANT DOING THE HOLLERING? DOES ANY ONE REMEMBER THE PICTURES OF OBUMAS FAVORITE UNION MEMBERS BEATING A PROTESTER ON THE STREET? I GUESS THERE IS SOMETHING DIFFERENT ABOUT THAT. RIGHT.
BECAUSE OF THE DEMS AND OBUMA THIS COUNTRY IS IN FOR SOME TOUGH TIMES AND PEOPLE ARE NOT GOING TO LIE STILL AND TAKE IT.

Posted by: MALBENNET | March 25, 2010 12:42 PM | Report abuse

Civil War 2 by 2012.

Get used to the idea.

Posted by: pmendez
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Typical garbage by the crew that has been calling for a race war since the 60s. Sure, Civil War 2 by 2012. And the cops tossing one big net over your useless, redneck white fannies will take of it. Tea Baggers aren't a movement and more of bunch of whiners who can't cope with a black president.

Posted by: vagator | March 25, 2010 12:42 PM | Report abuse

We are living in a time, when Politics has debased its self to the lowest common denominator, in morals and decency. The Health Care, Reform shouldn’t be about scare tactics, in trying to get Democrats to back away from this process because the Republicans don’t like this bill. The Democrats must face the fact, that they are going to be fought at every turn by the Republicans and Partisan Politics are out the window until President Obama leaves office. Republicans, are following the mantra of Conservative talk show host like Rush Limbaugh who stated from the beginning of the Obama administration, I hope He (Obama) fails, and that is their goal to make him a lame duck president with ineptitude, so that this will never happen again and that is that the American people won’t dare vote for another non white president again. The underlying fact is that this is about ethnicity or what some call race issues. At the grass roots level, I’ve heard all the nasty little small minded prejudice reasons why a black man shouldn’t be president and those reasons, for the most part came from the Conservative Republican Christian Right. I am an African American who once use to vote republican and held republican ideology, for a long time and I began to speak out over two years ago, that if the Republicans didn’t give up their prejudice ways that their parties views would end up being no different from the views of the Ku Klux Klan, and that day has come. It’s safe to say that if it were not for the open mindedness of the Democrats that we would not have ever had an African American President. With all the violence and the use of the N word by T Partiers, my question is where is Michael Steele, and how is it that he sits back and says nothing, but we must remember that when Fox News TV Show host Glenn Beck called President Obama a racist against White Americans and the culture they created, Michael Steele said nothing then either. The Republicans from the top down are acting like a bunch of misguided double minded twelve year old children with out any discipline or any real leadership and they’ll say or do anything to keep this president from succeeding. Republicans are now out in the open and they are showing their true colors and that is they are against any one of color!

Posted by: stanthemanmusic | March 25, 2010 12:43 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: lahke
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You right wing nuts and left wing nuts slay me. Take every little word "target". politically "dead", out of context. You folks are crazier than the crazies.

Posted by: bnw173 | March 25, 2010 12:44 PM | Report abuse

This extremist reaction is simply TERRORISM. Palin's use of gunsights is TERRORISM. Use of the words "kill", "dead", "firing line", all are words of TERRORISM. And now actual acts of violence, not just words. The Constitution protects the use of hateful, even terroristic words, but certainly judges actions as criminal. All this coming from those who want to save our country from the terrorists from without, all the while becoming themselves the terroists within. My only hope is that the reasonable "silent majority" of people will vote these thugs and their likes OUT. I know there are resonable Republicans, since I am one of them! I've been Republican for forty years and I am appalled at the extreme right takeover of the Party. Clearly I cannot move to the Democrats, since they have always been closer to the extreme left than I can stomach. I do not see a moderate political movement happening, or I would certainly join that.

Posted by: schaeffz | March 25, 2010 12:45 PM | Report abuse

The politicians who try to rev up people with hate speech and who indirectly or directly insight them to violence are disgusting and irresponsible.

They are are also lying blatantly. (Lying is to be expected from politicians to some extent) But all this talk of communism, socialism and calling Christian people Muslims and Presidents terrorists has to stop.

Posted by: celestun100 | March 25, 2010 12:46 PM | Report abuse

"The Dems have a slim minority in Congress, yet have to resort to the sleaziest methods to bribe senators to get this garbage passed. "

Posted by: FormerVAResident
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Since when is a substantial majority in both Houses a slim minority. Obama needs to tackle education next so these GOPers can get a clue, learn about numbers, learn about politics, and function better in life.

Posted by: vagator | March 25, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse

Isn't there some law in place that can reprimand members of Congress for conduct unbecoming the public position you hold?? If not, then once certainly needs to be put in place, "quickly". These people that are inciting bad behavior need to have consequences for their very public actions.

Posted by: WhitneyDavid | March 25, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse

The Republican Party are in a "CIRCULAR FIRING SQUAD", with Micheal Steele in the Middle.

The Party is in complete DISARRAY, and more dysfunctional then the Days Richard Nixon was Drummed out of Office.

In a short analysis "THE LUNATICS HAVE TAKEN OVER THE ASYLUM, OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY."

Posted by: austininc4 | March 25, 2010 12:58 PM | Report abuse


President Obama needs to call in the army to arrest the tea partiers and take their weapons before someone gets hurt or killed. The tea partiers are far worse than the 9/11 terrorists. These are Americans threatening Americans with violence. Tea Party-America's garbage.

Posted by: moxford0 | March 25, 2010 11:54 AM | Report abuse

republicans don't believe in democracy. Their extreme reaction to legislative defeat is partly the result of getting away with stealing the presidential election in 2000 and with treason required to lie about war. There can be no further appeasement of republican fascism. There will be another timothy mcveigh crawling out from the tea-bag cesspool and attempting to murder. Hold those who are inciting their party's scum to acts of murder responsible. Try 'em and hang 'em. You betcha!!

Posted by: JovialReaper | March 25, 2010 11:54 AM | Report abuse

Americans should arm and protect themselves against the angry racist mob that is the Teabag Party. If I see one on or near my property, I will shoot first and ask questions later. You should too.

Posted by: unpluggedboodah | March 25, 2010 11:56 AM | Report abuse

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You people and similar posters are really pathetic. Your reaction to hysterical, criminal behavior is to get hysterical and propose criminal behavior?

moxford0, you think that the rational response is for the President to order the Army to disarm law abiding citizens? Are you hoping to start a war?

JovialReaper, you want to impose capital punishment on those who might be inciting violence? I take it that you have no objection to capital punishment for murders?

And, unpluggedboodah, you really take the cake. No further analysis required.

Capeheart, do you realize that you are guilty of using the same intemperate language here as Palin and Boehner, thereby inciting fear, hate, and violence.

You should all be ashamed of yourselves and take a good look at what your values really are.

Posted by: hisroc | March 25, 2010 12:58 PM | Report abuse

Most DEMs ought to be amused by some of this right-wing craziness. It's obvious that it's coming from a group that feels they are losing control. Never let them see you sweat is an axiom that Republicans should follow but they can't because they are so intent on riding the wave of vitriol back into political control. But, I predict a severe crash n' burn. Isn't this why Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, and Harry Reid gained majority control of our political system. The wild-eyed crazies during the 2008 elections drove voters away from the GOP. Sane people do not sympathize with the right-wing paranoia. These people do not look like leaders...they look like what they are: deranged. I suppose "mad as hell" should actually refer to psychological "madness". Sounds like the GOP as a whole needs to revisit the DSM version of "psychological madness".

Posted by: kitten2 | March 25, 2010 12:59 PM | Report abuse

This is not a GOP thing . . there are nuts in both parties who overreact and resort to inappropriate or violent acts. I'm sure you wrote the same article when all of the violence and hate was directed at President Bush ... right? The media isn't biased in any way are they???

Posted by: sarno | March 25, 2010 1:01 PM | Report abuse

Instead of living in fear and cowering behind the media, Democrats need to get their base riled up to counter these right-wing wingnuts. Dems need to understand, we far, far outnumber the conservatives who make up the teabaggers coalition. They are all hot air. They wouldn't dare protest in districts where they know they'll be outnumbered because they might not make it out. Remember, the Union won the Civil War. I bring that up because these teabaggers are really Confederate re-treads with their talk of "states' rights" and disparaging this black President. Democratic Americans, stand up for your Congressmen, who just put their necks on the line, for you. Fight fire with fire!

Posted by: sachancp | March 25, 2010 1:01 PM | Report abuse

"This columnist, the Washington Post, and Democrats in general are out of touch and they are the extremists, not the GOP. The Dems have a slim minority in Congress, yet have to resort to the sleaziest methods to bribe senators to get this garbage passed."
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OK, I know this is hard for you, but try to keep up: The Democrats have a MAJORity. Say it again: MAJORity. The GOP's talking points - always referring to themselves as "Americans" and Democrats as "Democrats" (or much worse) - do not alter the fact that a Democratic MAJORITY was elected to both houses of Congress, and that a giant MAJORITY of Real Live Americans elected a President who made his plans for health care well known during the campaign.

You don't like it? Campaign harder. But spare us all the talk about how one side speaks for America, even after the other side kicks its butt in an election.

Posted by: nonbelievable | March 25, 2010 1:02 PM | Report abuse

Remember Oklahoma City...this same type of rhetoric over Waco and Ruby Ridge preceeded this event, and it could happen again.

Posted by: rstpierre | March 25, 2010 1:08 PM | Report abuse

IT IS WHAT IT IS. HOW SHORT MEMORY IS. WHO CAN REMEMBER THE VIETNAM PROTESTERS?
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I remember those protesters getting beaten mercilessly by the police, and shot by the national guard. Is that how you think we should deal with your group now?

Simple solution: calm your guys down, root out those making death threats and bring them to justice, and make your case to the American voters. You know. Like you would in a civilized democracy.

Posted by: leftcoaster | March 25, 2010 1:11 PM | Report abuse

jay441 says
I can't say this enough. Liberals using the term teabagger, or an various terms like it, are using the same laguage you hate. Is this irony lost to you? You equate anyone you disagrees with you as a sex act.

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nonsense! complete and utter nonsense, on January 19th 2009 the first of these so called "grass-roots" protests (which had Dick Armey and his merry band of corporatists written all over it) started. It was called the "tea bag campaign". Some of your more dim-witted associates started calling themselves "tea-baggers". This was covered on many, many media outlets, you can go watch the videos. The term was self-applied and fits its intended goal - to describe the people involved in the "tea bag campaign". It's unfortunate that they didn't know about its other urban slang meaning. But hey, stupid is as stupid does. To now say that they should be called tea-partiers because their first name was also a term for a sex act would deny the public the knowledge that many of these folks are not-too-sharp with the words and stuff. THEY SELF APPLIED THE NAME, deal with it. Republicans call it the "democrat" party, instead of its real name the "democratic party". Are you crying for them? How about during the "freedom fries" happy days of Bush and Co. Were you crying then?

If you need a new name how about "tea-2nd meaningbunglers", or soon to be "tea homegrownterrorists" or "tea-ocrats"?

Posted by: atomictreefrog | March 25, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

Civil War 2 by 2012.

Get used to the idea.
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Bring it on.

Posted by: sr31 | March 25, 2010 1:17 PM | Report abuse

Completely disingenuous, Capeheart.

Where is your outrage at the threats and violence against conservatives?

It is just as abundant as these recent incidents you report (some of which, I might add, we know for a fact never really happened).

The media and the politicians need to STFU about these types of things.

Law enforcement will do their job, and if arrests are warranted, they will be made.

Everything else is just someone's political point of view. And that includes you, Capeheart.

Posted by: etpietro | March 25, 2010 1:18 PM | Report abuse

The Bush administration invaded a foreign country that hadn’t attacked us and did not have weapons of mass destruction while leaving another war unfinished, claimed torture and indefinite detention without trial is just fine, doubled the national debt, watched as New Orleans and the U.S. economy collapsed, and the Left went nuts. The Obama administration passes a health care bill that helps 32 million Americans get health insurance, prevents insurance companies from dropping coverage for pre-existing conditions, will save about $1.3 trillion dollars over the next 20 years, and the Right goes nuts. Doesn’t that say it all

Posted by: zvelf | March 25, 2010 1:19 PM | Report abuse

Why is it that according to you, the "extreme voices" are only heard on the side of the GOP? I guess it doesn't occur to you that there are plenty of extreme voices on the side of the Democrats, many of whom are close allies to Obama. Violence and threats are never right, but for the Democratic partisans such as you, Mr. Capehart, that never seems to apply to Democratic allies such as Bill Ayers, the guy who bombed congress and NYC police stations and later held fundraising parties at his home for President Barack. Nor does it apply to the thugs who intimidated voters in Philadelphia. Many people ARE very angry about the recent follies perpetrated by congress, and their anger is not going to pass just because you wish it away, or because you would like to paint them as "domestic terrorists." Wake up, Capehart.

Posted by: ttj1 | March 25, 2010 1:21 PM | Report abuse

The Tea Party movement has been based on threats and intimidation. It seeks to stifle debate. Think back to those raucous town hall meetings when protesters shouted down anyone they didn't agree with. If that isn't intimidation, what is? Nutcases have extrapolated this attitude into the realm of violence, but it was the Tea Party which first condoned intimidation. Their attempt now to distance themselves from the violence, though welcome, is a bit late.

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

Capeheart and the rest of the partisan left are disgusting hypocrites. They lost the public debate about health care so they turn the narrative into demonization of the opposition.

Like all of the liberal hypcrites beating this drum, Capeheart conveniently overlooked the far more violent anti-war protestors:

http://www.zombietime.com/zomblog/?p=621

-It was not the fear of conservative violence that caused Ann Coulter's speech to be cancelled this week.

-It was a liberal who bit the finger off a man who disagreed with him on healthcare.

-It was Obama-loving Amy Bishop who took a gun to work and murdered co-workers.
Joseph Stack flew his plane into the IRS building after writing an anti-conservative manifesto.

-It was liberals who destroyed AM radio towers outside of Seattle.

-It's liberals who burn down Hummer dealerships.

-It was progressive SEIU union thugs who beat a black conservative man who spoke his mind.

-It's doubtful that a conservative fired shots into a GOP campaign headquarters.
In fact, Democrats have no monopoly on having their offices vandalized. Don't forget it was Obama's friend Bill Ayers who used terrorism as a tool for political change. SDS is still radical, with arrests in 2007 and the storming of the CATO Institute in July 2008.

-It was a liberal who was sentenced to two years for bringing bombs and riot shields to the Republican National Convention in 2008.

-It was a liberal who threatened to kill a government informant who infiltrated her Austin-based group that planned to bomb the RNC.

- It was liberals who assaulted police in Berkeley.

-It was liberals who intimidated and threw rocks through the windows of researchers.

-The two Black Panthers who stood outside polls intimidating people with nightsticks were probably not right-wingers.

- Every time the G20 gets together, it's not conservatives who destroy property and cause chaos.

Posted by: bobmoses | March 25, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

When Republican members of Congress go out to the balcany of the Capital to fan the flames of the tea party protesters, they take responsibility.

When Republican members of Congress yell "Baby Killer" on the floor of the House of Representatives, they take responsibility.

True Conservative to moderate Republicans need to step forward and say enough is enough and the Republican Party, the party of Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt, will no longer be assoicated with the tea party movement. Until they do so, the Republican party is responsible.

Posted by: smith6 | March 25, 2010 1:33 PM | Report abuse

Can't we all just get along? It is sad, really. How can anyone be for violence in this situation, whether real or in the use language. The true majority, the great center, is fed up with the two extremes, and their inability to govern.

Posted by: gprudich | March 25, 2010 1:35 PM | Report abuse

ttj1,

somewhat fair but guilt by association nontheless and going way,way back. The right wing violence in this country is alsways more severe (and mostly based on racism, xenophobia, and homophobia) than the left wing, and more approved of by the media etc. Bush protesters were put in cages. Tea baggers bring guns and obvious racist signs to rallies and just get news coverage to spew their rehased fox news talking points. The old axiom that respectability, truth and rational though lies somewhere in the middle of Dem vs. Rep. is gone. Rep. lost another big chunk of that these past few weeks and months. Unfortunately too many republicans are just not rational and far too many tea baggers are not either. If you can guilt Obama with having gone to Bill Ayers house once, then the tea baggers are all guilty of being racist stooges of fox news by the thousands of racist signs, dog-whistle racists slogans, and many tens of examples of direct personal violence and racist and homophobic language. You're potentially stewing yourself with a toxic brew of associates. The health care bill that was passed is so close to republican ones previously submitted that all this invective about "the end of America" and "socialism" will prove to be utter and complete nonsense. Show me your posts from 2000-2004 about how dangerous the Iraq war will be to our federal budget (not paid for at all) and i'll start possibly listening to your ideasw of how this will bankrupt us. Even at 1 trillion thats 100 billion a year, roughly 1/7th of the total defense spending FOR A YEAR.

Posted by: atomictreefrog | March 25, 2010 1:38 PM | Report abuse

Boehner and other Tea Bag Terrorists created this.

The FBI and Homeland Insecurity should be profiling the real threat - angry old white men - and taking them seriously.

Just like we do any other TERRORIST group.

Lock em up in GITMO for four years and we can think about what to charge them with. Have Yoo conduct the torture sessions until they crack.

Posted by: WillSeattle | March 25, 2010 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Listen up teabaggers, inspiration time:

A mind is a terrible thing to lose - D. Quayle.

After your successful psych treatment, go back to school and resume where you left off in the sixth grade.

Posted by: johng1 | March 25, 2010 1:40 PM | Report abuse

oh, and I heard the second-in-command of al-Thea (aka the GOP) carved a backwards O on his face ...

Posted by: WillSeattle | March 25, 2010 1:40 PM | Report abuse

New material for a DNC ad:

"You want to vote for people who are doing THIS?"

Posted by: ravensfan20008 | March 25, 2010 1:41 PM | Report abuse

smith6 -

Whatever. You are just another intolerant partisan hypocrite who is looking for yet another excuse to hate people who dont share your narrow minded views.

Posted by: bobmoses | March 25, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Mr Capehart, my jaw dropped when I clicked on your hypertext link to the sarahpac.com website and I saw the graphic you mention.

I just filed a formal complaint with the FBI, asking them to determine whether this graphic represents a criminal incitement to assassinate Members of Congress, and if so, whether charges should be brought against that organization. First Amendment protection does not extend to calling for the assassination of Federal officials.

Posted by: gdenis | March 25, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Hey Bobmoses:

You are correct there are fantaics on both sides of the poltiical spectrum... but in each incident that you write about the Democrats were not out talking about how these groups were fighting for "freedom, etc."

The problem is the Republican party is trying to use the tea party movement and all that comes with it for their own political advantage. The Republican party is activily seeking the support and approval of these groups. You do not see the Democratic Party and its leaders courting the protester at the G20 summit or those who burn down Hummer dealerships.

Republicans saw the tea party movement as a way to energize its base and to use its passion for their advantage. The problem is they didn't think about the final conclusion of what these groups are doing.

There is a strong segment of the tea party who truly believe that the United States has changed. When they say "socialism" they truly feel the US is becoming a soviet state. I would argue you are not sane if you think this is true. They are not looking at what the Health Care bill actually does. I heard a tea party activist say she thinks President Obama "hates America." People truly believe that. Therefore these people wrongly feel that there backs are against the wall and they need to literally fight (and I truly believe the fact that President Obama is a "black man" feeds this anger... if it was President Biden, you would not have these same amount of outrage). When Palin says "Reload" and puts gun sights on districts to go after in the Novemeber elections, she is feeding into this paranoia.

Republicans saw an opportunity to use the tea party. They felt they could control it, but they can't.

Posted by: smith6 | March 25, 2010 1:49 PM | Report abuse


Republicans on the Firing Line?

Yes, quite literally, Mr. Capehart. Here is the answer to your assertion that the GOP is the party that incites violence:


Minority Whip Virginia Rep. Eric Cantor said Thursday that his Richmond campaign office has been shot at and that he's received "threatening e-mails."

Posted by: ttj1 | March 25, 2010 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Forget about it. There are no more statesmen in the RePIGliKLAN party. They've been cleansed when they failed purity tests. Into the vacuum has stepped the CANTservative entertainment industry. And the Tea Klux Klan. This isn't going to end until one of the right wing lunatics kills a Democratic politician.

And they'll be lauded as heros and patriots.

The modern Republican party is a despicable repository for detritus, refuse, feces, vomitus and all other forms of waste, bodily and otherwise.

Posted by: VeloStrummer | March 25, 2010 2:05 PM | Report abuse

10 to 1 you do not write a similar article about dems/liberals and their need to tone things down as well! Too bad this kind of blatant bias is so prevalent in the WP. And, yes, the dems/liberals also include idiots (no fewer than on the other side) who do stupid and potentially dangerous stuff. However, it is rarely put on the front page (until today's Cantor incident) like right wing nut jobs foolish behavior.

Posted by: sagedutch | March 25, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse

The republican party in 2010 is a shameful thing.

Ronald Reagan would have been shocked.

Posted by: binkynh | March 25, 2010 2:14 PM | Report abuse

Republicans have become the sleazy low-lifers of America.

Own it...

or change it.

you can't have it both ways.

We are watching.

Posted by: vigor | March 25, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Mr.Capehart. I have to respectfully disagree. I found Rep. Boehner's statement to be the opposite of forceful.

It was wink-wink, nudge-nudge.... "although we whipped you into a foaming-at-the-mouth-hate-filled-frenzy, we are shocked, shocked I tell you that anyone took it upon themselves to do anything bad."

I really have to wonder if Neanderthals are really and truly extinct or did they just evolve into teabagger-republicans?

Posted by: cfeher | March 25, 2010 2:20 PM | Report abuse

All violence is intolerable.

The GOP is reaping what it sowed. Their Idea of civil discourse is heckling “LIAR” and “BABY KILLER”. They cheered on a tea party crowd spitting and yelling slurs at democratic congressmen.
Palin with her cross hair ads.
Boehner with his dead man comment.
The list goes on and on.

The center is not going to migrate to a party of sore losers, extremists and race baiters. McCain was right that OBAMA is good man trying to the right thing for America even if he disagreed with the way he wants to do things. The country has real problems and the GOP’s best idea is to obstruct every American loses.

Posted by: joejoe2000 | March 25, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse

Please, people, cut the Republican leaders some slack. Violent left-wing protest marches (anarchists at G-8 meetings, anyone?) should remind us all that violence-preaching wingnuts are just that: wingnuts beyond the extreme fringe of all respectable politics, be it left or right. So maybe Boehner and friends went a bit far in fanning voter anger... Were things that different during the Viet Nam war protests? Wingnuts then nor wing nuts now are representative of the overwhelming majority of protesters.
So instead of trying to delegitimize the protesters by treating them all like wingnuts, challenge a protester to an honest debate on the merits of the law and agree to disagree.

Posted by: archaeoman | March 25, 2010 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Ja vohl, Herr Censor Capehart! Must be careful of "tripwire rhetoric". In case people don't know what "tripwire rhetoric" is - It's the opposite of obeying President Obama by not 'doing too much talking".

Posted by: chatard | March 25, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

Stop changing the subject, liberals. Where's my $ 2,500? Or is that another lie?

About the "violence." Liberals just want to change the subject - like dirty little rats in the night, they snuck this bill past the American people who very definately did not want it. Now, they're trying to say they have the moral high road because some alledged fruit cake committed some alledged crime in some far off town... Who cares. That's a dog bites man story.

Posted by: Cdgaman | March 25, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

re-quote:

"I know many Americans are angry ... are unacceptable. That's not the American way. "

No, evidently it IS the American way. It's happening now, and the GOP - the party that attacked Iraq on flimsy charges of WMD's, did it then, too.

Violence is your friend.

admit it. the western world you claim to have "won" with pistols, with a side of malaria, was all won by force.

that, my friend, is the American way, as it turns out.

Now that we won't be killing any insurance company giants as an American thing, we're bound to kill anything that we don't understand, or that gets in our way to enjoy more violence. It turns out that congressmen and congresswomen are in the crosshairs for your next feat of celebrated American agression.

A-holes.


This Boner guy and McCain, they are natural born liars. I hear McCain lie today, telling me that the Democrats NEVER allowed the GOP to participate in the legislation process.

another big lie.

be proud, be american you gots stuff - lies and violence.

How PROUD you all must be.

Evidently another exclusive American trait.

Posted by: pgibson1 | March 25, 2010 3:11 PM | Report abuse

smith6 -

"You are correct there are fantaics on both sides of the poltiical spectrum... but in each incident that you write about the Democrats were not out talking about how these groups were fighting for "freedom, etc.""

That is your pathetic excuse? Lame.

Excuse the hate speech of your folks however you want. I expect no less from hypocrites.

Posted by: bobmoses | March 25, 2010 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Sara Palin and Eric Cantor are those targets on your backs?

Posted by: classicskins | March 25, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

I love it.

Let the Republicans and the Tea Party folks show their true colors, but I will say this...

If there is a death uptown, there will be a death downtown. For the religious nuts, that translates to "an eye for an eye". Do what you will, but there will be consequences for your actions, believe that.

You aren't the only one's with guns. Funny, These nut jobs seem to picket and stage rallys in areas over run with A CERTAIN TYPE OF PERSON.

I bet a dollar to a donut these nuts won't come into area with a heavy concentration of brown folks. They know who to play with and who to spit on and that is fact.

Posted by: eps0609 | March 25, 2010 3:28 PM | Report abuse

Yes, quite literally, Mr. Capehart. Here is the answer to your assertion that the GOP is the party that incites violence:


Minority Whip Virginia Rep. Eric Cantor said Thursday that his Richmond campaign office has been shot at and that he's received "threatening e-mails."
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Yeah, right. The Republicans, terrified to offend the teabaggers, the only citizens ignorant and bigoted enough to still support them, are now making things up. No Democrats are threatening or shooting at anyone, they won. This is part of a larger strategy, which the mainstream media is already picking up, that there are threats and violence coming from "both sides", and that is simply not true.

Posted by: dnahatch1 | March 25, 2010 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Who knew that an angry, armed mob screaming 'socialism' and carrying signs comparing Obama to Hitler would produce some acts of violence? I guess I just don't know human nature...

Posted by: EnemyOfTheState | March 25, 2010 3:50 PM | Report abuse

The Republican Party is the party of the bigots, white supremacists, neo Nazi, haters, crazies. They have goaded them on, as seen the night of the vote, and rely on Limbaugh, Beck and others to direct the raw base of the party to violence and terrorism.

Posted by: Billy1932 | March 25, 2010 3:57 PM | Report abuse

The More these guys (and gals) fight amongst themselves gives more meaning to the concept to "Throw them ALL out". We elected these people to represent us, instead they represent - who? Maybe the big money business interests, because they're sure not representing us anymore.

Both parties are to blame for the mess, the Republicans for not agreeing to discuss even certain individual causes, like much needed tort reform, without having to have the whole package agreeable to them. The Democrats are to blame for stonewalling some Republican ideas as well.

Time for a whole new slate?

How about representatives who actually represent us? Wow, what a concept.

Congress itself needs a major makeover, throwing out the lobbyists first, and the "bought and paid for" congressmen and senators next. We, the American people, are fooling ourselves if we think these people represent us anymore.


Posted by: PasadenaDave | March 25, 2010 4:01 PM | Report abuse

These teabagging freakkks are nothing more than ignorant racists. And who's supporting these home-grown terrorists?

None other than the Republican Party.
What a disgusting display.

And now we have Palin telling these teabagging lunatics to reload and take aim at Democrats.

The Repugs were hoping to win over Independent voters in 2011. Believe me, it's not going to happen. No one with any sense would what to be associated with the 21st century version of the KKK.

Posted by: ethereal_reality | March 25, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Sadly Obama and Pelosi have engendered an atmosphere where both violence and anarchy by an outraged electorate are very likely to occur. They, with shocking arrogance, rammed the healthcare legislation through largely ignoring the opinions of a very large segment of the population that supported reform but was in complete opposition to this particular legislation.

Posted by: state82 | March 25, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

These are the same tactics of incitement to violence and intimidation while pretending to deplore the actions of over-zealeous followers that were employed by Adolf Hitler in his election campaigns. In the 1960's Stokely Carmicheal, and Eldridge Cleaver were jailed for supposedly inciting a riot in Cambridge, MD, while making a speech for the rights of Black Americans. How about holding McCain, Palin, and Boehner to the same standard.

Posted by: joeller | March 25, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse

What pathetic prose from a liberal whiner and hate monger.

Thanks for making me less intelligent for having read this piece of trash, that should have been saved for the Huffington Post.

Posted by: ignoranceisbliss | March 25, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

The Republican Party has turned its "storm troopers" loose.

Posted by: robfield | March 25, 2010 4:25 PM | Report abuse

The Republicans are walking a fine line. The GOP is trying to fire up setiment against the Congressional vote on health care to just the point of boiling. I suspect this is for political gain in upcoming elections. Inciting and condoning anger is one way to ease the pain of their loss I suppose, but they run the risk of having fringe elements take more aggressive and violent action. Cantor's statement that Dems are fueling the fire by citing threats against them and seeking protections is absolutely lubicrous.

Whatever indecisiveness I had before the health care vote have been completely erased by the delight the Repubs lost because they are performing so poorly as government officials. A thoughtful editorial in USA today (25 March) lays out how the "purity police" in the GOP prevented this health care bill from achieving its ultimate goal of serving the American people through a bipartisan process. Good job GOP. Thank's for putting your political pettiness aside and serving the true will of the people. Not.

Any party that thinks there is gain in obstructionism deserves to lose.

I am glad to see Congress pass health care if for no other reason than it's nice to see our legislators accomplish something significant. Touche to the dems.

Accomplishing nothing is not be admired.

Posted by: citizen4truth1 | March 25, 2010 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Capeheart,

Where were you when members of the SEIU, wearing their famous purple shirts, assaulted Kenneth Gladley outside a health care town hall meeting in St. Louis on Aug 6, 2009? Mr. Gladly was passing out "Don't Tread on Me" flags. Unlike these answering machine messages and bricks through the windows, this crime was committed by an organized politically active left wing union, and there is video and audio recording of the event here,

http://www.newsbusters.org/blogs/matthew-balan/2009/08/07/victim-alleged-seiu-town-hall-assault-st-louis-interviewed-cavuto

You see when news organizations like the Washington Post ignore thuggery like that practiced by the SEIU at the health care town hall, but they highlight random hate messages on the answering machines and imply it is organized by the Republican party, well, it just is plain baised. How much more red handed do you need to catch the lefties?

I would submit sir, that you only cover violence when it suits your political agenda, and this time the purpose in doing so is to redirect public anger at congress over this health care bill to scapegoats who leave angry messages on answering machines.

Posted by: Wiggan | March 25, 2010 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Yes, Republican leaders must set aside short term political interests. Repeating, Republicans must set aside short term political interests. Once again, Republicans must set aside short term political interests and do as we say.
If they don't we can't be reponsible for someone shooting a bullet through the window of Eric Cantor's office.

Posted by: chatard | March 25, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Republicans see a situation that they can exploit for political gain. But, instead of a measured campaign, they are encouraging (or shall we say, NOT agressively discouraging) and engaging in the same kind of extremist language that scared away moderates and independents in the McCain/Obama election. A congressman yelled "baby-killer" at a fellow colleague while he was talking on the House floor. Isn't it nice to know we elect such poised and eloquent individuals into high office?

I read that Lindsey Graham wants to stop work on the comprehensive immigration bill because Republicans don't want to work with Democrats on key pieces of legislation in protest of the health care bill. Something tells me that strategy will not help them make any gains with Hispanic/Latino/Mexican voters and that voter bloc is growing astronomically every year. They think they are setting the stage for massive gains, but that won't happen if they scare off every important voting bloc in order to "energize their base". That strategy didn't work so well for McCain and Palin in November 2008. Just saying.

Posted by: linswilliams | March 25, 2010 4:50 PM | Report abuse

Absolutely agree, the lunatics have taken over the GOP asylum, and they are way out of control.

Posted by: fimclennan | March 25, 2010 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Thanks to McCain, we have the Sarah Palin crazy.

Posted by: SarahBB | March 25, 2010 5:16 PM | Report abuse

A little more than an hour after President Obama signed the health-care bill into law "on Tuesday, Sarah Palin tweeted: "Commonsense Conservatives & lovers of America: "Don't Retreat, Instead - RELOAD!" She went one better on her Facebook page by including a map with gun sights over the 20 districts that went for the McCain-Palin ticket in the 2008 presidential election but are represented by Democrats who voted for the health-care bill."
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Sarah Palin looks hot in that Porn Film she did for Larry Flynt!

I'll "reload" that dumb $lut anytime!

Posted by: trenda | March 25, 2010 5:17 PM | Report abuse

Not today, not tomorrow, or every day until the November elections will death threats claims of the Democrats take priority of the people to vote the Democrats out. Where were the concerns about the threats to take our rights, choices, fundamentally change and transform this country. The bullies want sympathy and now all American are supposed to forget how President Obama and the Democrats forced health care down our throats for the fears of the Democrats. We're supposed to forget the corruption and trickery used in passing health care for the fears of the Democrats. We're supposed to forget the tone deafness of President Obama for the fears of the Democrats. We're supposed to forget the country we grew up in for the fears of the Democrat. The majority has fears now and we're supposed to drop everything and feel for these political gangster who want to take over everything. We're suppose to turn over America to President Obama and the Democrats and just move on because health care has been pass and we should just give up. No, we're not going to play the Democrats fears games they play every time they want to control public opinion. We're not buying the threats the Democrats claim their getting. It's all too well played out by the Democrats with the MSM taking the lead like they always do, when the Democrats say something the MSM picks it up and plays with it all day long. It's too rehearsed and we know the lines by heart. Better luck next time. The November elections are still on our mind. We are still focused and no death threats ploys by the Democrats will change anything.

Posted by: houstonian | March 25, 2010 5:24 PM | Report abuse

in the good old days...
people could challenge them to a duel...
by rapier or pistol...
the outcome is the same...

Posted by: DwightCollins | March 25, 2010 5:32 PM | Report abuse

Obama is associated with the most thuggisg goons in politics. The SEIU union, ACORN the vote fraud outfit that Obama used to work with, Chicago machine and the liars and character assassins of the mainstream media.

Obama lawyer allies willingly work for free for terrorists at Gitmo, push phony rape lies at Duke and in New York, orchestrate phony arson attacks and pin it on opponents (Colorado), publish the addresses of political opponets, hack into opponent's email addresses, release court sealed records, physically assault opponents (SEIU multiple examples) and the list goes on and on.

The Big Lie days are over. This frenzy to discredit opponents is pure Alinsky. It was launched by the lies of a group of democratic hack congressmen who accused others of slurs without producing a shred of evidence. All evidence now indicates the charges were without foundation.

The lie machine leftwing media took that ball and have covered themselves in full discredit.

Obama has lied so frequently to the American people that it is no wonder he hides from even the friendly press. When he actually gets a fairly tough interview as Baier gave him a few weeks ago, the moonbat press goons go nuts.

Posted by: NAuchi | March 25, 2010 5:43 PM | Report abuse

We need people like you to keep speaking out about the outrageous behavior of the Republican party and their supporters. Not since the late 1960's has threats and intimidation by crazies been so open. The most incomprehensable action thus far is the Republican members unwillingness to tone the threats and actions of their supporters down.

Do we Americans want this type of childish behavior to run the country? Do we want to live under the control of a Nazi dictatorship? The Republicans are sore losers and think they have the right to run this country and dictate to the citizens of this country.

Now all this stuff they claim was in the bill isn't there! For eight years we sit under Bush/Cheney with the threat of the weapons of mass destruction. Again I ask, were can I find the death panels information in the bill? HEY REPUBLICANS WHERE CAN I FIND YOUR LIES IN THE BILL?

Posted by: sun52shine | March 25, 2010 5:43 PM | Report abuse

Capeheart, little boy. THE EXTREME VOICES of the Democratic party, who wrote this bill in secret, ignored the opposition totally/froze them out, used the most heinous and legally questionable maneuver to RAM IT DOWN THE THROATS of the american people, now whine about the reaction?

HEY CAPEHEART.....you sowed the wind, NOW YOUR REAP THE WHIRLWIND....and quit whining about it. You're going to get exactly what you dished out on America and Americans ever since the Vietnam war.

Posted by: wjc1va | March 25, 2010 5:58 PM | Report abuse


Hello! Stupid people!

Democratic presidents dating back to Roosevelt have attempted to start the discussion on nationalizing health care.

In fact a few Republican Presidents entered into this same discussion. Believe it or not!

President Obama campaigned on quality, affordable and portable coverage for all
new health initiatives. He also campaigned for lower costs for the U.S. health care system, including drug costs,

And he was elected our president with the knowledge of those campaign promises by the American electorate.

If you don't understand the consequences of that, please, proceed to your local high school and take some social studies refresher courses.

If you have some reading, hearing, comprehension, or visual difficulties, the high schools are well equipped with special education teachers to help you through your handicap.

If you are too stupid, even after that, then please, continue writing and yelling death threats at the top of your lungs, until Secret Service Officers knock at your door to take you away.

I hope this addresses a few of your obvious misconceptions.


Posted by: helloisanyoneoutthere | March 25, 2010 6:04 PM | Report abuse

Here just 2 weeks after a car accident that broke her back, Mrs. Harry Ried will be set upon in her own home in her tiny little town by thousands of teabaggers.

They've begun to publish home addresses and egg the crazies to show up there to do violence. One address published was in error... it was the Congressman's brother's home, and they cut the gas line with his four children in the house.

Posted by: dutchess2 | March 25, 2010 6:10 PM | Report abuse

I almost feel sorry for the disaffected individuals that feel compelled to make threats of violence against people they don't even know. I suspect that there is something eating away at their souls that is much more troubling than the fact that a health care reform bill was passed. The bill is just an excuse to lash out at others rather than take responsibility for the lameness of their lives, the unfulfilled dreams, and their own self-loathing.

Posted by: fizzy1 | March 25, 2010 6:16 PM | Report abuse

Obviously some people feel like the process is broken. Some people are expressing their opinion. Inciting and encouraging riots was not above the founding fathers-- read historical account of the Boston "Massacre" by A.J. Langguth in Patriots: The Men Who Started The American Revolution.

Freedom of Speech and expression are part of the American way.
Leaders in congress doing such things was part of the American Revolution. Whenever we are impassioned about things, we speak our minds.


Ideologically the republicans were always 100% against health care the way it was written. Not even all the democrats were for it. That says alot. That this is the first major bill with long term consequences to pass without a single vote from the other side, with 34 votes from its own party against it...

It says something. Perhaps it's just republicans doing as David Frum says-- putting all their marbles in one bag as poltiical maneuvering. Perhaps it's their belief that this really wasn't the way to do things


To some the way this was handled by the democrats stinks. They are entitled to speak their mind and express themselves. We would hope to live in a decent and civilized society where we would not get to the point where we felt things were so badly handled that we would be justified (as some obviously feel they were, whether we agree or not) to break the law.

The fact of the matter, is that the way either Republicans or Democrats handle themselves when they have controlling power of both the houses is unrespectable and uncivilized.

For those of you who vote out there and want a more civil dialogue-- you might want to think of that when you vote, and possibly give one party complete control of both the executive & legislative. This goes for the Republicans too...

Posted by: jmregistration | March 25, 2010 6:37 PM | Report abuse

The GOP has not renounced anything without saying "both sides do it"! They have lied and made up stuff every since President Obama have been in office!

Posted by: kebred | March 25, 2010 6:41 PM | Report abuse

Capehart, you have to call off your goons and loons, and senile old coots.

Didn't you think it a tad strange that ALL BUT ONE of the WHITE Congressmen used the tunnel to go from the various office buildings to the Capitol building, and only a HANDFUL of NON-WHITE CONGRESSMEN decided to access the entrance by walking through a large crowd of protesters?

Maybe they were having "senior moments" and thought they were marching on Bull Connor ~ but, alas for them, they weren't and even Jesse Jackson Jr. is embarrassed to turn over his videos to examine them for anything out of line.

The "coots" lost Jesse on that jaunt. (BTW, they're all just a bit older than me, so I knew them when they were young, so you can call me whatever you want ~ )

Regarding your goons, there's that SEUI guy who tried to cannibalize a registered Republican who'd attended a public hearing. Or, the DNC people who torched Sarah Palin's church, and tried to kill the reporter attempting to interview Ms. Moxley, or..... well, there are so many of 'em including this latest event where one of your guys shot up an office frequently used by the highest ranking Jew in the Congressional hiearchy. You people just can't keep your hands off people you think you can kill.

Worse, though, are your loons. Just what was Barney Frank doing cruising through a bunch of older folks? You don't suppose he was just following the CBCaucus guys?

Or, was he trying for a slur. He's been so strange since he had to admit his roomie was running a homosexual prostitution operation out of his basement.

More serious are the loons who keep telling us that a Republican rally I was at had some people chanting "Kill Him" (referring to Herr Obama). No, didn't happen. Didn't even come near it.

Today you had 10 more Democrat Congresscritters lining up to complain about their constituents. Of course people are going to complain ~ I handled complaints made to the Postmaster General for years and years. You haven't seen complaints until you see the garbage people spew at the USPS ~ just utterly fascinating stuff.

A Congresscritter who can't handle the complaints is not psychologically cut out for the job.

Then there's this guy who was the target of an entire ceremony regarding the "death of the Constitution", and they left the ceremonial coffin on the ground somewhere in the vicinity of his home.

He was crying and bleating like a stuck sheep. Gad.

How pitiful for a grown man to act that way.

Posted by: muawiyah | March 25, 2010 6:50 PM | Report abuse

The Republicans ought to elect some adults and replace these childish, irresponsible people. Our country has too many problems to have these hate-mongering, do-nothings in office.

Posted by: MNUSA | March 25, 2010 6:59 PM | Report abuse

As if republicans don't also get death threats?

Posted by: termiteavenger | March 25, 2010 7:11 PM | Report abuse

sold2u (or anyone who knows the answer): what incident are you referring to in which a democratic "operative" was arrested in an attempt to make republicans look bad? I'm not trying to be sarcastic in any way, I just honestly don't know what you're referring to.

Posted by: graphchick1 | March 25, 2010 7:22 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: restonhoops

"Dems are dangerous and violient everywhere they show up at the G-7 and IMF meetings being a great example."

They are anarchists, not Democrats.

"How about some of the movies that have film festival awards for depicting the assinations of George Bush and Tony Blair?"

Made by a British filmmaker, not an American, therefore very doubtful a member of the Democratic party.

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

sold2u @ 10:18am is saying he SEEMS to recall a democrat perpetrating voilence, and it PROBABLY some leftist who's doing it to make republicans look bad without ever point out which democrat he SEEMS to recall or which leftist PROBABLY is framing republicans

At least you're inserting the qualifiers "seems" and "probably" to mitigate your OUTRIGHT LIES.

Posted by: eastlander | March 25, 2010 7:34 PM | Report abuse

jvlem ~ Alas, maybe not a Democrat per se, but more like one of Nancy Pelosi's running dog lackeys.

No limits on being one of those.

In any case, you Democrats are TO BLAME for cheering such moviemakers on.

Posted by: muawiyah | March 25, 2010 7:42 PM | Report abuse

MY,MY,MY WHERE WERE ALL OF YOU CRY BABIES WHEN YOU WERE HANGING GEORGE BUSH IN EFFIGY?
WHERE WERE YOU WHEN THEY WERE HOLDING SIGNS OF GEORGE BUSH WITH HIS HEAD CUT OFF?
WHERE WERE YOU WHEN THEY BURNED A DUMMY OF GEORGE BUSH IN THE STREET? YOU WERE OUT THERE LAUGHING AND SINGING AND SHOUTING. JUST REMEMBER THAT PHRASE " WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND."
I DO NOT CONDONE ANY OF THIS, BUT THE DEMS ARE TRYING TO MAKE HAY OUT OF NOTHING JUST TO TAKE THE HEAT OFF THE HC BILL. ONCE AGAIN A CNN POLL SHOWS THAT 63% OF AMERICANS AGREE THAT THE STATES SHOULD FILE SUIT AGAINST THE GOVERMENT FOR THIS BILL. AND WHERE IS OBUMA? OUT ON THE TRAIL TELLING YOU SUCKERS HOW GOOD IT IS.
NOW THE CO TELLS US HAT SOME THINGS WERE LEFT OUT OF WHAT WAS PRESENTED TO THEM TO SCORE. OH? I WONDER HOW THIS COULD HAVE HAPPENED WITH SUCH HONEST LEADERS. AND HOW ABOUT JOE BIDEN? THAT STAND UP GUY. HE HAS A MOUTH LIKE A SEWER. IT MUST BE DIFFICULT FOR THE GOOD FOLKS OF DELAWARE NOT TO VOTE FOR THIS GUY. HE IS SUCH AN INTELLIGENT AND ENDEARING CHARACTER. MY MOTHER WOULD HAVE WASHED MY MOUTH OUT WITH SOAP, BUT FOR OBUMA THAT MUST BE CHICAGO TALK.
KEEP CRYING DEMS. IT IS NOT GOING TO GET ANY BETTER UNTIL NOVEMBER, THEN IT IS ADIOS MOTHER

Posted by: MALBENNET | March 25, 2010 7:43 PM | Report abuse

termiteavenger ~ not only do Republicans get death threats from Democrats, there's no record of a Democrat member of Congress being assassinated.

Our guy, Charles Sumner (who once held Teddy Kennedy's seat) was beset upon by a Democrat who intended to kill him.

Then, Larry McDonald was assassinated by some of their running dog lackeys in the former Soviet Union. They targeted 3 other Republican members of Congress for death that day, but their plane veered away.

The Democrats need to reign in their loons, goons and senile old coots first.

Posted by: muawiyah | March 25, 2010 7:45 PM | Report abuse

Could it turn out THIS bad--Tea Party =NAZI?

Posted by: bruceabby1 | March 25, 2010 7:59 PM | Report abuse

How can Fox news, Limbaugh and Beck cause people to riot and not be held accountable? How come the Federal government is not closing them down? It time for hatred to stop even if it means filling up the prisons with the idiots spewing it. And don't say free speech.

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I know you don't want to hear it, but it is free speech...maybe. In order to convict anybody for inciting violence, you must prove (via Brandenburg v. Ohio) that the person's words direct others to and are likely to incite "imminent lawless action." The direct link between Limbaugh, Beck, etc. and such imminent lawless action would have to be proven beyond a reasonable doubt. That means proving that a suspect received the message by watching or listening, then proving that suspect was motivated to action by the message. Then, you must prove the suspect actually committed a lawless action. The word "imminent" is also important - the time frame between the speech and lawless action must be relatively short. If either isn't provable beyond a reasonable doubt, it's considered free speech and the federal government can't interfere.

That said, there is some consideration placed on the breadth of your audience. Fox News, for example, reaches so many people, that they may be held to a stricter standard. This may come into play if we see an increase in vandalism and violence in the coming weeks.

Not an opinion, just explaining the law.

Posted by: damascuspride04 | March 25, 2010 8:04 PM | Report abuse

Violence in itself is not necessarily negative or evil. It depends on who the violence is directed toward and for what reason. Surely you Marxists are not about to renounce violence.

Posted by: RossOdom | March 25, 2010 8:20 PM | Report abuse

John Boehner is an idiot who talks out of both sides of his mouth and nothing he says makes any sense

Posted by: LDTRPT25 | March 25, 2010 8:41 PM | Report abuse

As one of a few hundred Americans who witnessed the epic failure of democracy in Chile on Sept. 11, 1973, I find myself waking up to the nightmares of my past. I have seen the pain and suffering extreme politics, both left and right can cause. I know what it is like to have your house shake from a leftist bomb or to be questioned at gunpoint and accused of being a spy by an officer of a rightist regime. I understand what it is like to walk down a street and see a trail of fresh blood and know that if you said anything you would “disappear.”

I do not care what your issue or philosophy is, or how righteous your cause may be, some behaviors are clearly un-American. Destroying property and threatening people is something terrorists do -- not red-blooded Americans.

Freedom of speech should be valued and not abused. Coming together as a nation to solve our common problems is what freedom is all about. Real Americans roll up their sleeves and gear up their brains to solve their country’s difficulties. That is what the real patriots taught us to do.

From time to time, I have wondered what my ancestor who spent a very cold winter in a place called Valley Forge as a private in General Washington’s Army would think about how we have taken care of our democratic republic. I suspect that good man who sacrificed so much so we could be spared the horrors that I witnessed would cry bitter tears to see our elected representatives spat upon and threaten by folks who fancied themselves to be patriots.


Posted by: DrS1 | March 25, 2010 8:46 PM | Report abuse

"Not saying I support violence but the fact is that a determined underground resistance is very very very hard to root out."

That's why we have the internet now. The underground outs itself, no rooting necessary. By now, your IP address has been traced and your most recent "I don't support violence but" comment has been added to your FBI dossier.

See you in the camps.

Posted by: fzdybel | March 25, 2010 9:04 PM | Report abuse

Kristallnact all over again.

Gays, Muslims and "Non-Believers" will be rounded up next. Mormon Elder Beck did a great job as the new Goebbles inciting violence in his loyal stooges - just like Hitler in 1938.

Posted by: coloradodog | March 25, 2010 9:11 PM | Report abuse

Leaders - real leaders who take their positions seriously must understand that words, especially words with fervor matter. They must understand the era we are in - with threats from within and without - and act/speak so as not to inflame. That, my friends is my advice to republicans and democrats alike. To offer less is a dis-service to OUR country.

Posted by: cch1 | March 25, 2010 9:19 PM | Report abuse

Sadly Obama and Pelosi have engendered an atmosphere where both violence and anarchy by an outraged electorate are very likely to occur. They, with shocking arrogance, rammed the healthcare legislation through largely ignoring the opinions of a very large segment of the population that supported reform but was in complete opposition to this particular legislation.
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"A very large segment of the population" is not a majority. To be clear, I'm not claiming this bill had overwhelming support or even a majority - just correcting a false statement in your post. The last polls I looked at were nearly dead even in the low 40% range, and somewhere around 18% were still undecided.

Posted by: damascuspride04 | March 25, 2010 9:23 PM | Report abuse

The repubs have a lot of nerve, no brains, and no class. The Dems and independents with an ounce of common sense see right through the hatred and the lies. The backlash from all the tea party nonsense and the skinheads and the bigots will be stronger than the neo-nazi diatribe being spouted by the haters. It may be 70-30 after the midterms in the senate. If someone gets shot, all bets are off...

Posted by: DontGetIt | March 25, 2010 9:50 PM | Report abuse

The Teapartiers it seems are toting guns not for fear of Russians invading, but to intimidate libs. Lord knows they can't do it with reason. The first Tea Partiers (way back when, in Boston) saw their government (British) as illegitimate. That is really the idea here too, by choosing this phrase -- not very patriotic. A downright dangerous lot altogether, and I hope that Homeland Security has them in their sights.

Posted by: johnnormansp | March 25, 2010 10:28 PM | Report abuse

fzdybel.

You said that "the Republicans have a lot of nerve, no brains, and no class."

Well, sir, that's a lie. That's 3 lies!

How do I know?

Well, heck, I'm a Republican! How else would I know?!


Posted by: RossOdom | March 25, 2010 10:29 PM | Report abuse

How about that great sucking sound of NAFTA which was signed by Bill Clinton.

Posted by: think11

You should really try to live up to your handle, think.
NAFTA was negotiated by right-wing god Ronnie Reagan, ratified under George Bush the First, and signed by Clinton.

Posted by: lewfournier1 | March 25, 2010 10:33 PM | Report abuse

Very Pro-life Sarah. You sick thoughtless reactionary.

Posted by: Chops2 | March 25, 2010 10:51 PM | Report abuse

"Minority Whip Virginia Rep. Eric Cantor said Thursday that his Richmond campaign office has been shot at and that he's received "threatening e-mails."

Posted by: ttj1 | March 25, 2010 1:52 PM "

Read the Richmond Police report on the shooting. Or are they a bunch of commie nazi marxists, too?

Posted by: thrh | March 25, 2010 11:10 PM | Report abuse

If the republican tea bagger want to play this game, it's fine. Let them start something. Democrats have guns, too.

Posted by: jeffc6578 | March 25, 2010 11:12 PM | Report abuse

oh shut up jonathon capeheart. i'll put you on the firing line.

and yeah, im only talking about you losing your job, not the other thing. i want you to be around when americans shout from the mountaintop the moral bankruptcy of your statist liberal ideology.

Posted by: dummypants | March 25, 2010 11:13 PM | Report abuse

on November 12, 1938, Hermann Goering called a meeting of the top Nazi leadership to assess the damage done during Kristallnacht and place responsibility for it. The intent of this meeting was two-fold: to make the Jews responsible for Kristallnacht and to use the events of the preceding days as a rationale for promulgating a series of antisemitic laws which would, in effect, remove Jews from the German economy.

Hitler also blamed the Reichstag Fire his thugs set on the Communists.

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Atwater's Rovian diciples learned Hitler's playbook well in blaming Democrats for America's latter-day Kristallnact at the offices of democratic legislators.

200 deaf boys molested by a catholic priest and the hybrid religion/political party breaking glass. A great day for theocracy in an America doomed to suffer another great civil war.

Posted by: coloradodog | March 25, 2010 11:16 PM | Report abuse

on November 12, 1938, Hermann Goering called a meeting of the top Nazi leadership to assess the damage done during Kristallnacht and place responsibility for it. The intent of this meeting was two-fold: to make the Jews responsible for Kristallnacht and to use the events of the preceding days as a rationale for promulgating a series of antisemitic laws which would, in effect, remove Jews from the German economy.

Hitler also blamed the Reichstag Fire his thugs set on the Communists.

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Atwater's Rovian disciples learned Hitler's playbook well in blaming Democrats for America's latter-day Kristallnact at the offices of democratic legislators.

200 deaf boys molested by a catholic priest who the Hitler Youth Pope hid and our hybrid religion/political party stooges breaking glass. A great day for theocracy in an America doomed to suffer another great civil war.

Posted by: coloradodog | March 25, 2010 11:19 PM | Report abuse


jay441 Posted:

I can't say this enough. Liberals using the term teabagger, or an various terms like it, are using the same laguage you hate. Is this irony lost to you? You equate anyone you disagrees with you as a sex act. You sound like a mad adolescent child, stomping your feet and calling us names because you can't have a second bowl of ice cream.

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jay can't say it enough because it is a lie, and jay441 is a liar

as goring told the world, you must repeat the big lie over and over so people will begin to believe is

so jay441 repeats his lie over and over

the teabagger crowd chose their own name,before the checked out all of the common usages.

now, due to their incompetence and stupidity, they are forever teabaggers

no matter how many times jay tells his big lie

watch out for people who repeat themselves

they are probably repuglotarded liars, like jay

Posted by: nada85484 | March 25, 2010 11:55 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: termiteavenger

As if republicans don't also get death threats?

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there is no evidence to support your statement, but eric cantor is willing to lie to support your theory

turns out that the "death threat" cantor is discussing is a random bullet that just happened to hit a building that houses one of his offices

so those repuglotarded death threats you're talking about ???

they're lies, just like the rest of tour teabagger act

Posted by: nada85484 | March 26, 2010 12:16 AM | Report abuse

I think it fair to say that all "leaders", regardless of affiliation, should be talking this craziness down. It doesn't really matter who starts what, what it is they do or why they do it; in the end we will all suffer from any and all violence and, perhaps most importantly, the country we all profess to love will be greatly damaged, perhaps permanently. This whole debacle is based on the vote for a president, as well as an issue that both sides believe needs reform sooner than later, and the fact that the current majority has started that reform to roll. I believe this is all the result of the democratic process we have practiced for a long, long time. Whether the results are to our liking or not I would say the process worked. That may be the most important thing of all.

Posted by: hoser3 | March 26, 2010 12:49 AM | Report abuse

If the republican tea bagger want to play this game, it's fine. Let them start something. Democrats have guns, too

Posted by: jeffc6578

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uhm, you might want to restate that

If the republican tea bagger want to play this game, it's fine. Let them start something. AMERICANS have an ARMY, and a NAVY too

maybe the teabagger repuglotards would like to address their anger toward the United States Marine Corps

this isn't repuglotards versus Democrats any more

this is repuglotardes against America, Reality, and HUMANITY

you are either with them or against them

you have to chose between the repuglotards or humanity, America, and sanity

Posted by: nada85484 | March 26, 2010 2:28 AM | Report abuse

Capehart: What have you contributed ONCE to the discussion? All you add is that your opponents (magically) oppose your views. Did it take long to learn that in whatever JOURNALISM program you attended in college?

What a proud thing you must feel being such a contributor to society! What magic you are performing for the public good!

Congratulations on turning your meaningless degree into at least 10 seconds of public fame on a website your friends and foes will bookmark, and then delete when they sober up.

But hey: At least you had those 10 seconds.

Feel good about youself! Really.

In the meantime, serious people (who pay taxes and regret it) will do serious things about policies that don't effect you in the least.

But again, enjoy your 10 seconds and make sure your Mom saw the one post to fame you will ever claim. Just so it wasn't a waste of her spitting you out and feeding you all those years.

Posted by: Axexut | March 26, 2010 4:34 AM | Report abuse

Everyone should read the post by nonbelievable. It pretty much states what an earlier post mentioned: Presdident Obama has to tackle EDUCATION next! The level of ignorance in this counry is frightening for the country said to be the most powerful in the world. But then again, no one said power was equivalent to intelligence. American teachers need to step up: This country is falling apart under the weight of ignorance! People, the Internet is worlwide. We have to do better than this. Is it any wonder that N.Korea, Iran, even Israel - some of the smallest countries - ignore us with impunity? Please, we have to start behaving like civilized people, if we REALLY love this country!

Posted by: fdwyer | March 26, 2010 7:44 PM | Report abuse

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