There's nothing new here. Hatred has been part of politics for some time.
Ask former President George W. Bush about his mail. Bush loathers even made a movie fantasizing about his assassination.
The real threat presented by the hate mail is to the Democratic pretense that they've passed a bill demanded and welcomed by the American people.
Neither Stupak nor Schauer can say with any credibility that their votes represented the will of their right-of-center Michigan districts.
Nor can the Democratic caucus as a whole. Democrats won the White House and control of Congress on the votes of a broad majority of the country. Then they declared a mandate to govern on behalf of their narrow partisan base.
That's why people are angry. They feel betrayed. And they don't get a sense that their feelings matter in Washington.
Elections have consequences. But so does political arrogance.
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