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Republicans are again demanding an apology
from Madison County Democratic Party chair T. Robert Hill, or from just about anybody else in the Democratic Party for that matter. John Tanner, Jim Kyle, Roy Herron, and Mike McWherter are all "noticeably silent," says an outraged state GOP chair Chris Devaney.
Of course, Devaney doesn't really care whether anybody apologizes for Hill, who called Young Republicans "brownshirts" for organizing town brawls on health care reform. Devaney thinks that, by publicizing Hill's remarks, he's making Democrats look bad, showing "the disconnect Democrats have with everyday Tennesseans on issues such as health care."
I don't know about that. Devaney's comments might only show people the disconnect between Republicans and reality. I think most people probably would agree with Hill. These mobs do remind you of Nazi Germany in the way the brownshirts disrupted political meetings and stifled opposition.
Senate Democratic caucus chair Lowe Finney did say he thinks Hill ought to consider apologizing, but Hill's standing by his comment:
"I'm sorry. I just find their tactics of intimidation and name calling totally unacceptable, especially when they're aimed at congresspeople and others," Hill said. "It's unfortunate they've taken the debate of a very serious matter to this level."
Update: Tanner responds.
"It's an American issue, and for that reason, I hate to the see party chairmen in any county get into a shouting match. It's not constructive. I want to stay focused on this being an American problem, not a domestic political issue. That may not be possible, but to the extent that I can talk about it as a problem facing Americans, that's what I want to do."