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Just How Much Will GOP Lawmakers Rationalize the Tea Party’s F- and N-Word Usage?

In addition to Massachusetts’ Rep. Barney Frank being called a “faggot” yesterday by Tea Party activists at the Capitol, there was Georgia’s Rep. John Lewis being called a “nigger.” Now will the GOP try to rationalize this disgusting name calling?

Mostly, no. Smart Republican lawmakers, who have thus far been engaging in the Liz Cheney Method of neither insulting nor outright supporting Tea Partiers, are distancing themselves from the remarks. And then there’s California’s Rep. Devin Nunes, a Republican, who wants to reserve everyone’s First Amendment right to engage in hate speech.