Monday, March 22, 2010

GOP Waterloo

Barney Frank: 'Mass hysteria' on Capitol Hill - Marin Cogan and Meredith Shiner -
As the House was voting on an unrelated bill, Republican Reps. Tom Latham of Iowa, Jo Ann Emerson of Missouri, Brett Guthrie of Kentucky and Gregg Harper of Mississippi stood on south balcony off the House floor — an area known informally as "the beach" — holding pieces of paper that read "kill the bill" to a group of cheering protesters. Some Republican lawmakers waved a "Don't Tread on Me" flag from the balcony, causing the crowd to go wild.

Later in the day, Reps. Steve King, Paul Ryan and others gave the crowd an Evita’s welcome, before gathering together to spell out a “Kill the bill” with individual letter signs. Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) stood watching off to the side.

Lawmakers also came down to the crowd, too. Anthony Weiner was watching near the House entrance. “These people are very civil when you talk to them one on one,” he said, “but when they get together, it’s mob rule.”

A deeply misguided and divided Republican party shows just how cowardly and hateful they are with their actions inside and outside the halls of Congress.

The American public shows deep support for all of the components of the historic health care legislation passed on March 21,2010.

It is inconceivable that the Republican party, headed by the worst chairman in their history, Michael Steele, has done nothing to set straight the mobs shouting "nigger" and "faggot' at our legislators. The Republican party will pay politically for their defiance of their constituents' needs.

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