Dem Rep. Steve Cohen: Tea Party Republicans Are 'Domestic Enemies' We Took Oath To Defend Against
By Mark Finkelstein | October 19, 2013 | 09:48
Watch out, Alan Grayson: you've got competition when it comes to uttering the ugliest slur on Tea Party Republicans . . .
Sure, you've compared them to the Klan. But fellow Dem Steve Cohen has upped the ante. On Steve Kornacki's MSNBC show this morning, Cohen called Tea Party congressmen: "domestic enemies" that he took an oath to defend the country against. Did Kornacki challenge Cohen's libel? Hah! He merely observed that Cohen sounded "very pessimistic." View the video after the jump.
Was Cohen's calumny what President Obama had in mind when this past week he proclaimed that "there is no reason why . . . we can't disagree between the parties while still being agreeable"?
Note: readers will recall that Cohen was recently in the news when it turned out the beautiful young woman he was tweeting during the SOTU—that he claimed to be his daughter—wasn't.
STEVE COHEN: I obviously do not have an opportunity to go within the conference, the Republican, we call it a caucus, they call it a conference. But I know some of the members there, and a lot of those members, they're rabid, they're sophomoric, literally, they're second term in Congress, never worked in politics before, and they think they are somehow like--it's all talked in military terms. They think they're some kind of guerillas there to strike a blow for freedom. I think they may try to pull this off again. What John Boehner is going to have to do is decide that he's not going to be Speaker in 2015 and work with the same crew that gave us the opening-up of government: Nancy Pelosi's Democratic caucus and give or take 80 reasonable Republicans and pass some bills to avoid another CR problem and shutdown and avoid the debt crisis, protect the country from these people, who really, you got to think, we take an oath to support the country against all enemies foreign and domestic, and these are the domestic enemies.
STEVE KORNACKI: You sound very pessimistic I think I can safely say about the near-term prospects for anything to be different.