Taking the Nasty Plunge


Rep. Andre Carson (D-Ind.) said Saturday that healthcare protesters at the Capitol directed racial epithets at him and Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) as they walked outside.

Carson, a member of the Congressional Black Caucus along with Lewis, told The Hill that protesters called the lawmakers the N-word.

Tea Party protesters held a rally outside the Capitol on Saturday, which included speeches by Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) and actor Jon Voight, and then proceeded into the halls to lobby members at the 11th hour.

Lewis was one of the leaders of the civil rights movement alongside Martin Luther King. Jr.

Asked if racial epithets were yelled at him, Lewis responded, “Yes, but it’s OK. I’ve heard this before in the ’60s. A lot of this is just downright hate.”


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Rep. Emanuel Cleaver’s (D-Mo.) office said in a statement Saturday evening that one protester had spit on the congressman and was arrested by Capitol Police, but that Cleaver decided not to press charges.


Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) put out a statement Saturday night condemning the reports.

“Today’s protests against health insurance reform saw a rash of despicable, inflammatory behavior, much of it directed at minority Members of Congress,” Hoyer said. “According to reports, anti-reform protestors spat on Rep. Emmanuel Cleaver, yelled a sexual slur at Rep. Barney Frank, and addressed my dear friend, Rep. John Lewis, with a racial slur that he has sadly heard far too many times.

“…Members of Congress and opinion leaders ought to come to terms with their responsibility for inciting the tone and actions we saw today. A debate that began with false fears of forced euthanasia has ended in a truly ugly scene.”

From THINK PROGRESS (yesterday):

Tea Party activists have gathered on Capitol Hill today for a “Code Red” rally against health care reform. Speakers at the event included Republican Reps. Steve King (IA), Michele Bachmann (MN), and Mike Pence (IN). The gathering was organized by Tea Party Profiteer organizations like FreedomWorks and Americans for Prosperity. ThinkProgress attended today’s rally and spotted a sign threatening violence if health care passes. The sign reads: “Warning: If Brown can’t stop it, a Browning can,” referring to Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) and a Browning firearm[.]

(You can see the lovely signs at the THINK PROGRESS link)

From CQ POLITICS (yesterday):

House Republicans may be on the verge of losing their long fight against the Democratic health care overhaul, but GOP leaders were all smiles on Saturday as protesters from the anti-reform tea party movement swarmed the Capitol complex.

At an afternoon meeting of the House Republican Conference, Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.) encouraged Members to reach out to a list of Democrats who still have not yet decided whether they will vote for the health care reform bill.


Minority Leader John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) congratulated his colleagues on their efforts over the past few weeks but reminded them the fight was not over.


But the Republican rallying cries inside the meeting were nothing compared to the crowd of tea party movement protesters that gathered outside of the conference room.

House Republican leaders received a rock star’s welcome when they emerged from their meeting, as about 100 tea party activists cheered the GOP effort to block the health care reform bill.


“There’s Pence!” yelled one woman as Republican Conference Chairman Mike Pence (Ind.) approached the stakeout microphones.

“There’s Cantor!” another woman said, as the Republican Whip took his turn to speak to the cameras.

As Boehner exited the Cannon Building after the press conference, protesters lined the street clapping and cheering as the Minority Leader worked the crowd, his black security SUV rolling slowly beside him on the street.

Boehner was not the only Republican to receive a warm welcome from those gathered on the Capitol grounds to protest the health care reform bill.

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) was greeted similarly with cheers as she addressed a large crowd of protesters, who had begun to fill the West Front of the Capitol on Saturday morning.

“We are just getting started!” she said. “Hey, Speaker Pelosi! I think you are in trouble,” she added.

Ya think so, Batshit Bachmann?


Nobody condones the racial epithets used toward black lawmakers on Saturday, the second-ranking House Republican said Sunday.

House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.) disavowed the actions by some conservative, “Tea Party” activists who, on Sunday, used the N-word toward Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), and spat at Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.).

“Nobody condones that at all,” Cantor said during an appearance on ABC.


The actions toward the protesters drew quick rebukes from members of the Congressional Black Caucus and House Democrats as a whole.

Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.), a gay lawmaker who also faced epithets yesterday based on his sexual orientation, called on the GOP to distance itself from the protesters, while Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) denounced Republican speakers at the rally and demanded they apologize for the actions of the protesters.

House Republican Conference Chairman Mike Pence (R-Ind.), who was one of the speakers at the rally, said he decried the behavior of the protesters “in the strongest terms.”

House Minority Leader Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Sunday On NBC Meet the Press that the “isolated incidents” at the rally on Saturday were “reprehensible.”


Republican National  Committee chairman Michael Steele said Sunday on NBC Meet the Press that the incidents were the result of “a handful of people “who just got stupid.”

Rep. John Larson (D-Conn.) said that he welcomed debate on Sunday, but pleaded with Pence to ratchet down the tone of the debate.


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40 responses to “Taking the Nasty Plunge

  1. writechic

    Nastea. You got their brand.

    And forgive me if I’m not all “good Republican” for the “decries” and minor rebukes. The GOP has been encouraging these people on for months. They’re welcomed under the big, whitie tent.

    • and they did it all with the help of their good buddies over at faux news, the advertising/propaganda arm of the party of no.

      • Let’s be kind, ladies.
        May the Republicans who voted against health care reform all have the luxury of needing health care in the very near future.
        And may all their nurses and doctors be gay and/or black.

        • 😆 nope, i hope their doctors and nurses are all cold-hearted white teabaggers. gay and black caretakers would probably be compassionate. let the teabaggers be treated by other teabaggers who will pull the bandages off with no warning, never warm up the stethoscope, and scrimp on the anesthesia to save a few bucks when an invasive procedure is necessary.

    • Ron

      Big, whitey tent… I love that. I hope you don’t mind if I use it…it’s great!

  2. writechic

    Gross. Boehner hawked a loogie during his angry speech. At least he didn’t say “hyperbole.”

    • someone over at the big orange said that boohoo boehner might read the entire bill in order to waste more time. i was very disappointed that he didn’t, because it would have been so much fun to watch him getting paler and paler by the hour as his self-tanner wore off.

  3. Nobody condones it.


    Who’s the demonstrator who intervened when some bigot shouted something?

    Where’s the genuinely, sincerely libertarian demonstrator who also hates racism, and shouted down the hate-mongers?

    Who said, “Look, this is about bad government policy, not skin color”?

    Anyone? Have we seen that story? Even on Fox? No?

    That’s because they condone it.

    • they encourage it, condone it, and make excuses for it. steve king doesn’t think it’s a big deal, and devin nunes thinks the slurs were justified.

      • In other news … Glenn Beck is on the radio saying that Stupak will be damned to hell for voting for the bill last night.

        He’s also calling for people to stalk Stupak and steal his private information so that we can monitor his bank account and vacations.

        He put up $10 million for anyone to tell the story.

        • As my friends on USENET would say, Glenn Beck is outer filth.

        • wouldn’t that be stalking, and isn’t stalking a crime? i hope the capitol police are investigating glenn blechhhh as he tries to incite criminal activity.

          • Of course, his drooling minions … ummm, … I mean, free-thinking fans who are all individuals and just happen to agree on everything … will treat the goober like a martyr if that happens and claim First Amendment intrusion.

            • i wonder how many of blechhh’s listeners are roman catholics who won’t be too thrilled to have blechhh put a target on one of their own. in fact, i wonder how billO will feel about what his little buddy said.

              • I think that his fans have sold out their faith for their politics, and their first loyalty is to Beckism, beyond even the Pope.

                Remember, the Catholic Church is also against torture, the war in Iraq, capital punishment, excessive pollution, and strict immigration controls. A Catholic Beck fan has already broken with Rome.

                • i dunno. i think he’s pushing it lately with all the talk about fleeing the churches. once some of the provisions of the health care bill kick in (like no pre-existing conditions, no more ceilings on benefits, and allowing kids to stay on their parents’ policies until they’re 26), people are not going to give that up, and they are going to wonder why blechhh and his ilk were trying to scare them. he’ll have his small core of fanatics, but i think he’ll lost a lot of his audience.

                  • I hope that you’re right.

                    I had hoped that this particular bit of insanity would finally open people’s eyes, but the Beck fans that I know seem unfazed.

                    That’s only a small sample, though. I hope you’re right, and that it does set people off.

                    • it’s like american idol. when they’re first on tv, they have die-hard devotees. however, they soon become old news, and only a handful really care after the season is over.

                  • These people later became Glenn Beck fans, and continued thinking for themselves in much the same way.

                    • the tides are turning. cokie roberts and her husband wrote a column and called glenn blechhhh a terrorist! the rethugs are all turning against each other. i’m going to buy stock in orville redenbacher.

  4. Finally over! Done deal! Obama may sign it tomorrow. Now which right wing crank will be the first to pop a vein just dicussing it. Love that poster.

    • thanks jerry! 🙂 i couldn’t think of a movie, and for some reason nestea popped into my mind.

      i’ve been glued to the tv for hours. i’m exhilarated and exhausted. it’s been a rollercoaster ride. let’s enjoy the lull before the next battle begins.

  5. Oooh I’m not having what they are having!

    I halfway expected Obama to be standing in the doorway w pen in hand ready to sign that bill the moment it passed.

    But no—- it would be more fun to have a huge press event, full fanfare, BIG to do about passing this bill & yes (it’s music to my ears…) defeating the GOP.

    Kill the bill just turned to one bitter pill- Hmm! Maybe they can wash it down with the sour grape Nastea?

    Yes, it’s a victory for human rights, which was a form of discrimination.
    The low down hate filled name calling just made the victory all the more sweet.

    • you don’t need to have any of that. the rethugs need it all to wash down the crow they’ll be eating. i think i’m going to love the next few days as the teabagger-lovin’ rethugs make even bigger fools of themselves on the talking head shows.

      • They will have a tough time eating crow, what with the foot in their mouths!

        They will be needing something, for that bitter aftertaste of defeat. And what of that painful loss-of-freedom, served with an overdose of doom & gloom?

        After consuming this banquet-
        They may need to see a doctor!

        • i think we should all invest in companies that make breath mints, because the rethugs have left a bad taste in a lot of people’s mouths. did you hear that newt gingrich said that passing civil rights legislation was a mistake, because it was bad for the dems politically? how tone deaf are rethugs? civil rights is a bad thing? everything must be measured on how good or bad it is for a political party? of course, now he’s saying that he was misunderstood. it would be interesting to look at the bottoms of rethugs’ shoes. i bet there’s an interesting wear pattern from walking back everything they say.

  6. jeb

    Sure they don’t condone it. Just like they didn’t condone all the bigots and fanatics who appeared at CU and Princess rallies in 2008 yelling hateful things about Obama. Not his policies but the color of his skin, his supposed religion, etc.

    Meanwhile, a conservative friend of mine has weighed in with tales of gloom and doom about how we’ve now destroyed our country by providing healthcare to illegal aliens. It never stops.

    • yeah, their hands are clean, just like billO’s hands are clean when it comes to the murder of Dr. Tiller. they incite hate and violence, but when it happens, they plead innocence.

      the idiots don’t want to realize that they’re already paying for healthcare for everyone who can’t afford it, because they all go to emergency rooms. free clinics will lower the cost of health care for everyone, and they will free the emergency rooms to treat real emergencies.

  7. you know who will be the first online to get their kids insurance, and their small businesses the tax credits

    the repubs of course.

    • i’d bet that a very large percentage of those in the teabagger crowds at the capitol and at town meetings are getting government assistance in one form or another.

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