UNCIVIL

Health-Care Protests Still Raging

After yesterday’s ugly scenes inside and outside the Capitol, the health-care protests returned to Congress with nearly the same intensity—much to the delight of the Republicans inside. This afternoon, three members of Congress stepped out on one of the building’s balconies to add a little fuel to the fire by unfurling a “Don’t Tread on Me” flag. And yesterday, after an anti-reformer in the House’s public gallery became too rowdy, Democrat Barney Frank said the Republicans were egging him on. "I've never seen members of the House cheering on a guy resisting being kicked out of the chamber," said Frank, who was bombarded with epithets yesterday. "It's a dangerous situation and the Republicans are cheering him on." Frank was called a “faggot” by protesters inside the Capitol building, and other protesters chanted the N word at civil-rights hero Rep. John Lewis (D-GA). But California Republican Devin Nunes says that the Democrats have only themselves to blame for the abuse. “When you use totalitarian tactics, people begin to act crazy,” he told Washington Journal this morning.