Republicans and Tea Party activists have decried threats against Democrats over health care reform, but there is also the sense among opponents that Democrats are doing the political equivalent of a hockey dive to score some cheap points off them.
Here, a Missouri anti-abortion activist writes about doing a prayer vigil -- with an empty coffin (pic below)-- outside the office and home of a St. Louis Democrat, but denies reports in Politico and elsewhere that they threatened the congressman or left the coffin on his family's front yard.
Erick Erickson at Red State condemns threats too, but does a bit of rhetorical eye-rolling at some of the complaints, noting conservatives get targeted with their share too:
The threats, potential acts of violence, and violence against those who voted for the health care legislation must be condemned. They are neither helpful to those seeking repeal nor the acts of a civilized society. I comfortably say I speak for all the front page posters here condemning the violence and threats. The people who think this country has descended into the darkness do in fact send us down a dark path themselves with these actions.
Here comes the controversial part that still must be said: I have heard the audio of some of the threats. I get worse stuff routinely. Rush Limbaugh gets worse stuff on a daily basis. Republican members of Congress have gotten similar and worse stuff. Thank God this wasn’t a free trade vote or a variety of left wing groups would have half the country in flames right now.