Cheney used the same language referring to Adam Clymer, so Baumgartner is in good company.
Your reaction is why the GOP will go the way of the Dodo bird. Self-censorship is the worst censorship of all. Republicans are walking on egg shells with every statement they make for fear of making a mistake or insulting someone. The Dems have no such compunction. We throw our people under the bus, they give them a television show.
What he said was the most effective politically and communicating a message. The reporter got his panties in a wad and had to publish the email. You can see what a punk he is.