CALIFORNIA REP CALLS REFORM A ‘THREAT TO DEMOCRACY’…. Ideally, in the face on enraged right-wing activists, acting on little but misinformation and paranoia, we’d see responsible members of Congress trying to lower the temperature a bit. Even opponents of health care reform could, in theory, make substantive arguments against Democratic proposals, rather than hand torches to angry mobs.

Rep. Wally Herger (R) of California prefers a different tack.

Republican Congressman Wally Herger held a health care town hall meeting Aug. 18 at Simpson University in Redding, where a partisan crowd of over 2,000 people loudly cheered Herger’s position that a public option was “unacceptable.” […]

“Our democracy has never been threatened as much as it is today,” Herger said to a loud standing ovation.

Asked about cap-and-trade policy, Herger added, “Health care is not the only threat to our democracy.”

One of the attendees, who claimed he could trace his ancestors back to the Mayflower, declared to Herger, “I am a proud right-wing terrorist.”

The Republican congressman said with a broad smile, “Amen, God bless you. There is a great American.”

The Party of Nihilists strikes again.

Steve Benen

Follow Steve on Twitter @stevebenen. Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.