KOMO4News, with video (01:54):
ASOTIN, Wash. -- They say it's all about traditional values and pushing back against the government.Howie P.S.: Traditional media like to define the tea-baggers as "populists." They should reconsider expanding their descriptions. MSNBC's First Read picked up the story late Wednesday. According to The Google, so far local media (other than KOMO) are looking the other way.
And there were some strong words spoken on Saturday at the Take Back America Rally hosted by the Lewis and Clark Tea Party Patriots.
"How many of you have watched the movie 'Lonesome Dove?'" asked one speaker from the podium. "What happened to Jake when he ran with the wrong crowd? He got hung. And that's what I want to do with (Sen.) Patty Murray."
In the days after the speech, Democrats have rushed to Murray's defense, claiming the speakers' words amount to hate speech.
"She (Murray) understands that people are, you know, anxious. The unemployment is high, the economy is not going well," Dwight Pelz of the state Democratic party. "There's a lot of anxiety out there, but that doesn't justify hatred, and doesn't justify threats of violence."
The senator's office had no comments on the issue.