Also showing his true colors: Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, Democrat from Missouri. He caught some bodily fluid and a racial epithet from someone in the Tea Party crowd. His grace-under-pressure response, via spokesman:
This is not the first time the Congressman has been called the "n" word and certainly not the worst assault he has endured in his years fighting for equal rights for all Americans. That being said, he is disappointed that in the 21st century our national discourse has devolved to the point of name calling and spitting. He looks forward to taking a historic vote on health care reform legislation tomorrow, for the residents of the Fifth District of Missouri and for all Americans. He believes deeply that tomorrow's vote is, in fact, a vote for equality and to secure health care as a right for all. Our nation has a history of struggling each time we expand rights. Today's protests are no different, but the Congressman believes this is worth fighting for [spokesman for Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, quoted by Patrick O'Connor and James Hohmann, "Dems Say Protesters Used N-Word," Politico, 2010.03.20].
Dems, passing health insurance reform will do a lot of good for a lot of Americans. That's all the reason you need to vote for this bill. But if it helps, remember that passing health insurance reform will also crush this so-called Tea Party and remind the cussers and spitters that America belongs to all of us.
p.s.: Congressman Cleaver also blogs... with the free Blogger platform! Bonus!