In the Arena


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Right-wing extremists are threatening Democrats who voted for health care reform with violence. This, after Congressman John Lewis was called a “nigger” and Barney Frank was called a “faggot.” This, after Congressman Randy Neugebauer called Bart Stupak a “baby killer” and, essentially, refused to take it back. The Republican Party has to be very careful about where it’s headed. After all, it was protesters shouting “baby killer” at U.S. troops in the 60s that helped put the Democratic Party in the American doghouse for 40 years. I’ll have more about this in my print column tomorrow.

Meanwhile, over in the Senate, Republicans plan to play parliamentary games to block passage of the reconciliation package. This will not burnish their reputation for seriousness.