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Mon., April 14, 2014, 11:51 a.m.

Tea Party Hurls Abuse At Keough

Chris Carlson/The Carlson Chronicles columnizes on abuse heaped on state Sen. Shawn Keough at recent forums: Forum attendees were overtly hostile and constantly rude----interrupting her attempt to answer questions, calling her a RINO (Republican In Name Only), and the nastiest word of all, a LIBERAL.  These Tea Party wing-nuts actually believe state legislators can repeal ObamaCare and when she and others tried to explain why that just isn’t the case, they were booed and shouted down.  Some bluntly said her 18 years of service was enough. Where else in America do you hear people call for someone who has performed their job well to be fired after 18 years? Senator Keough, like the other “gems,” will say the abuse comes with the territory, but the personal abuse has to hurt.  They also will tell you that the personal politics of vilification have gotten much worse¸ that if you disagree with a wing-nut its not a difference of principle, it is because you are evil and a tool of the devil. More here.

Question: I've never understood why Tea Party crowds, who wrap themselves in patriotism & old-time values, can be so nasty when they are part of a crowd -- mob? -- at a political funtion. Anyone?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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