Who Called Stupak “Baby-Killer?” (Updated)

Update: TPM has Rep. Randy Neugebauer of Texas as the admitted “baby-killer” screamer. Neugebauer is the co-sponsor of a Birther bill and probably the new hero of the Tea Party crowd, even though many or most of their local chapters had until now tried to paper over social issues like abortion and gay marriage. I guess the Christian right isn’t dead after all, it’s just been hiding.

Republican Rep. John Campbell just confirmed to the Washington Post that a fellow Republican called Rep. Bart Stupak, the anti-abortion Democrat who voted for healthcare reform, a “baby killer.” He declined to say who. Campbell’s Republican colleague, Rep. Joe Barton of Texas, said the shout came from an area where the Texas and California delegations usually sit. Rep. George Radanovich, a fiercely anti-abortion Republican from California’s Central Valley who plans on retiring in 2010, is rumored to be the culprit. An entry on Radanovich’s Wikipedia page that identified him as the screamer was just scrubbed but Gawker has a screen capture.

Whether or not the identity of “Baby-Killer” is confirmed, the incident highlights the distinctive similarity between Republican members of Congress and the teabagger rabble who surrounded the Capitol yesterday, screaming racist and homophobic epithets at John Lewis and Barney Frank.

The fact that Stupak is being targeted now after the anti-abortion movement upheld him as its darling is remarkable. He is being described in terms previously reserved for George Tiller. On Sunday afternoon, Red State’s Erick Erickson apparently initiated the right’s assault on Stupak, or at least took the Republicans’ sudden resentment of Stupak to a new level. The comments section of Erickson’s initial post on Stupak yesterday filled up with attacks call him a “baby killer.” Then the smears by right-wing blog trolls spread to the House floor.

I have tried comparing the shout of “baby-killer” that is audible in the video below the fold at :06 with the voice of Radanovich delivering a speech denouncing healthcare reform. It is impossible to tell if it was him.

7 thoughts on “Who Called Stupak “Baby-Killer?” (Updated)

  1. Ajax151

    Agreed, this kind of non-sense probably wouldn’t happen if not for the populist atmosphere in American politics created by the teabaggers. Whoever shouted it out stands to score some brownie point with that crowd and some free PR exposure.

  2. stevelaudig

    I propose we quit calling the TPs or TBs “populist” which has many honorable connotations and call it “mobist”, unless the Mafia objects of course.

  3. Ajax151

    I’m using populist in the negative sense here (i.e. Plato’s ship of state). These teabaggers are popularizing irrational and angry outbursts and dressing it up as capturing the spirit of the early revolution and I think politician are taking their cue from these idiots.

    A pretty alarming trend with no end/solution in sight. I guess I’m glad I live in Canada.

  4. Max Post author

    The better phrase is pseudo-populist since they use populist techniques to agitate for more corporate power.

  5. liberallydemocrat

    Hey Max. Whenever you have time, check out NewLeftMedia on YouTube. They remind me of you and you’re republican exposing days. *Sigh*

  6. lynnpollack

    Hey Max —

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