A news service for the people of Michigan from the Mackinac Center for Public Policy

On the most recent "Two Guys Named Joe" podcast from political consultants Joe DiSano and Joe Munem, U.S. Representative John Conyers, D-Detroit, repeatedly referred to tea party activists as "tea baggers" and said that their "rational abilities" are "compromised" because of their anger.

"We are here now to understand the frustration of the tea baggers and the people who are angry," said Conyers. "Many times when you're angry, your rational abilities are compromised."

The comments came at the Michigan Democratic Party endorsement convention.

Conyers, who is Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, turned the conversation towards the tea parties and the recent health care bill after being asked how Democrats could remain in contention in Michigan.

"The facts are, many of the tea baggers that were hollering and being profane and screaming and using profanity...guess what?  They are going to be beneficiaries [of the health care bill]."

To listen to the show, please click here. The Conyers interview is just beyond half way into the broadcast.

 

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