I understand that Republican electeds don’t want to annoy the Teahadist wing of the party. After all, that’s their base.
But when someone publicly asks a member of the House of Representatives about assassinating the President of the United States, the Representative ought to say something more forceful than “We’re going to have an election next year.”
The brute fact is that open advocacy of political violence is now endemic on the Red side of the politico-cultural wars. Broun’s response to the wingnut voter is in line with Gov. Walker’s response to someone he thought was one of the Koch brothers proposing to “plant some troublemakers” among the protesters in Madison. “My only fear would be if thereâ€™s a ruckus caused is that maybe the governor has to settle to solve all these problems.”
At some point, the remaining grown-ups in the Republican Party are going to have to try to reassert control. But so far I’m not seeing much evidence of that.