David Harsanyi

"I've received threats since I assumed elected office, not only because of my position but also because I'm Jewish," said House Republican Whip Eric Cantor, who had a bullet shot through his office Monday. "I've never blamed anyone in this body for that, period."

Democrats claim that the "mischaracterizing" of the substance and motives of their health reform legislation generates angry and violent reaction. Well, I suppose that's subjective. There is a strong case to be made that the Republican characterization of Obamacare is far closer to reality than the one offered by Democrats.

The real problem is that tea partyers represent the means of obstruction. They must be discredited, first as robotic foot soldiers of the insurance companies and then as out-of-control and potentially violent mobs.

Neither is true. Or, as the president likes to say, it's just another distraction.

David Harsanyi

David Harsanyi is a senior editor at The Federalist and the author of "The People Have Spoken (and They Are Wrong): The Case Against Democracy." Follow him on Twitter @davidharsanyi.