Friday, February 25, 2011

Meet the Republican Party: Paul Broun edition

Unbelievable how irresponsible and sick the Republican Party has become:
Lawmaker is Asked "Who Will Shoot Obama?"

The Athens Banner Herald reports Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA) was asked at a town hall meeting, "Who is going to shoot Obama?"

The question was met with laughter, but Broun did not immediately condemn it. In fact, TPM reports several witnesses say Broun laughed as well.

Said Broun: "The thing is, I know there's a lot of frustration with this president. We're going to have an election next year. Hopefully, we'll elect somebody that's going to be a conservative, limited-government president that will take a smaller, who will sign a bill to repeal and replace Obamacare."

Later, Greg Sargent notes Broun issued a statement, noting "I deeply regret that this incident happened at all."
Instead of identifying the person who asked the question so he could be questioned by the FBI, Representative Paul Broun laughed along with it, as if threatening to assassinate our nation's president were a joke.


Riley Murray said...

It seems we are inching closer to some outbreak of political violence. Your 150 annv. coverage of the Civil War sounds too familiar. I am thinking about doing a series on T
the Irish Civil War, as model for what a more modern civil war would look like. Sad to think we are divided that armed conflict could happen again.

The Richmonder said...

I am particularly struck by how little the Richmond Times DIspatch has changed in 150 years. One of the primary sources for my Civil War project is "The Daily Dispatch," the direct lineal ancestor of today's Richmond Times Dispatch. Same ignorance, same bias, same inflammatory rhetoric.