The health care bill debate was often more than that. While Rep. Randy Neugebauer, a republican from Texas shouting “Baby killer!” on the house floor the other day has gotten a little media play, several other unseemly incidents have all but been ignored.
Tea party protesters screamed the word ‘nigger’ at U.S. Rep John Lewis, a black Democrat from Georgia, on March 20 outside the U.S. Capitol. Lewis is a civil rights icon who was nearly beaten to death by Alabama State Police during a march he led on Selma, AL in 1965.
The same Tea Baggers hurled racial comments at other members of the Congressional Black Caucus, and one of the protesters went so far as to spit on Missouri Rep. Emanuel Cleaver as he was trying to enter the Capitol building to vote on the health care bill.
And then there was a brick through through the front window of the D.C. office of U.S. Rep. Louise M Slaughter (D-NY) on March 19.
Way to show your style, boys and girls.