As Bart Stupak got up to defend the health care bill from a Republican motion to recommit based on abortion concerns, some cowardly thug on the Republican side shouted “Baby-killer!” at him. Â I was hoping that the passage of health care reform would cause the Republicans to decompensate. Looks as if I might get my wish.
Update Randy Neubegauer (R-TX) has admitted to yelling “baby killer,” but says it was part of the sentence “It’s a baby-killer,” referring to the agreement rather than to Rep. Stupak personally. Since the agreement won’t in fact kill any babies, it’s fair to call Neubegauer the author of a blood libel, but now that he’s stood up it may no longer be appropriate to call him a coward. He admits that his conduct was inappropriate.