Last week, I declared GOP minority whip Eric Cantor “Swine of the Week” for his lame attempt to blame the Democrats for the threats they’ve been receiving from teabagger-conservatives outraged over Big Health Insurance’s loss of the right to fuck them over. Cantor’s claim that he, too, has received threats — which he nonetheless refused to make public — was met with hoots of derision and ultimately, my Swine of the Week award.
Then it was discovered that Cantor had indeed been threatened — on Youtube, no less — by some bathrobe-clad offside nutcase by the name of Norman Leboon. Gaze into the Face of Terror, if you dare:
Well, it doesn’t matter what the guy’s wearing, or if he looks like he’s three sheets to the wind — a threat is a threat, and this guy made one against Cantor and his family, which is all kinds of Wrong. It is appropriate that he’s since traded his bathrobe for a prison uniform.
What is a little inappropriate is the GOP’s response to this brain-damaged foul ball and his incoherent threats — some of them are a little too giddy about it, as if a threat to a Republican somehow “cancels out” threats to Democrats. Forgetting for a moment that Leboon seems to be an equal opportunity hater who also threatened Barack Obama last year (even though he donated to Obama’s campaign), Babe the Pig and others, the GOP’s takeaway from this madness shouldn’t be “Nyeah nyeah nyeah, they do it too”. It should be an acknowledgment that the escalating rhetoric about the Obama administration in general and health care in particular has provoked all kinds of brainless psychos to slither out from under their rocks, and that is not good for anyone.