Wednesday, March 24, 2010


Politico reports:

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer ... said more than 10 House Democrats have reported incidents of threats or other forms of harassment about their support of the highly divisive health insurance overhaul vote. Hoyer emphasized that he didn't have a specific number of threats and that was just an estimate.

In response to this, Pajamas Media blogger Stephen "Vodakapundit" Green writes,

What that last line tells you is, this Politico report is totally bereft of any actual facts. Generally, those are things I like to find at least one or two of in a news report, but let's set that aside.

Green may like to find facts of that kind, but not enough, obviously, to read the rest of the story, which notes that Democrats held a closed-door meeting with representatives of the FBI and the Capitol Police -- not something that I imagine usually happens when nothing is really going on -- and also points out that fuel lines were cut outside the home of Congressman Tom Perrinello's brother after his address was mistaken gives as that of the congressman on a right-wing blog. Not factual enough for Green, I guess.

But here's Green's conclusion:

The important part is this: If this abominable, unconstitutional, usurperous, injurious, unsustainable and ruinous new health care law has a mere ten legislatures afraid for their safety, then this country might already be too far gone to save itself.

Translation: fellow right-wingers, you're not terrorizing Democrats enough. What's wrong with you? If you were men and not mice, you'd be threatening even more of them, dammit.

When exactly did we cross this line? When was it decided that, in our system, criminal intimidation is just a vigorous form of hardball? Were you consulted on this rewriting of the rules of our political life? I sure wasn't.

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