DC Trawler

Did Emanuel Cleaver really get spit on?

Based on the various accounts of the Obamacare protest in Washington last weekend, you’d think somebody actually reared back, made a big ol’ hocking sound, and spit on the Missouri congressman. Well, now there’s video of the event:

YouTube Preview Image

I can’t get it to link to the specific time code, but fast-forward to the 1:20 mark. Looks to me like that dude was yelling at him and maybe a drop of spittle flew at him. Which still sucks. Nobody likes to be yelled at, especially by some redneck who won’t just shut up and pay his taxes. But it’s not like somebody hocked a loogie in Cleaver’s face.

I know, I know. It doesn’t matter anyway because the Tea Parties are racist. I’m just providing… what’s it called? Oh yeah: Evidence.

Cleaver declined to press charges over this, which is a good thing because no arrests were made that day.

Incidentally, do you guys hear the “n-word” in there? Me neither. Maybe we’re just not listening hard enough.

P.S. I forgot to link to it earlier, but I liked “Anchorman’s” take on this whole phenomenon.

P.P.S. Those dumb crackers over at Newsbusters don’t like it when somebody threatens to find those Tea Partiers and “knock every racist and homophobic tooth out of their Cro-Magnon heads.” Hey, if it’s good enough for the editors at the Washington Post, it’s good enough for me.

P.P.P.S. From lweaton in the comments: “If this is spitting, every guest on Hardball ought to be up in arms.”