Monday, March 22, 2010

Is This Going to Be Considered Heckling Too?

“A Texas Republican acknowledged on Monday that he was the person who yelled "baby killer" during Sunday's House debate on health care reform.

Rep. Randy Neugebauer said he shouted out "'it's a baby killer' in reference to the agreement reached by the Democratic leadership" on compromise language that emphasized federal funds would not be used to pay for abortions.”

If U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson can be accused of heckling Obama and being racist, then should Rep. Neugebauer get the same treatment? “Michigan Rep. Bart Stupak was on the House floor talking about the issue at the time of Neugebauer's outburst. Stupak was the leader of a group of anti-abortion rights Democrats who refused to back health care reform unless their concerns were addressed” (Just for the record, Rep. Stupak is a middle aged white guy, so taking a racial angle wouldn’t work.)

What about calling it sexist heckling? Maybe it was directed at Nancy Pelosi.

What about calling it racial heckling after all? Maybe it was directed at the idea of universal health care that President Obama wanted.

I’m just waiting to see if there’s the same kind of fallout over this as there was with Wilson last year. I have a feeling there won’t be. Other than the brief article on CNN, I think that’s about it: a case of two good ole boys at odds at work. One apologizes, one accepts, and it’s done.

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