Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn., believes that his oath of office compels him to protect the country from "rabid" Tea Party congressmen because they qualify as "domestic enemies."

"A lot of those members are rabid, they're sophomoric -- literally, they're second term in Congress -- they've never worked in politics before," Cohen said on MSNBC.

"Really, you've got to think, we take an oath to protect this country from 'all enemies, foreign and domestic,' and these are the domestic enemies," Cohen said.

Cohen said that House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, should work with House Democrats and "give or take eight reasonable Republicans" to avoid another government shutdown and "protect the country from these people."

The congressman is perhaps the highest-ranking government official to articulate a sentiment that has bounced around a lot of liberal message boards in the last several days, usually directed at Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz.

"After Cruz and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin appeared together last weekend on the National Mall, MSNBC's Rachel Maddow reported the event in front of a screen with pictures of Cruz and Palin and the title 'LATEST SEDITION,'" the Washington Examiner's Byron York observed Friday.

"On the activist website, there are multiple petitions calling for Cruz and others to be charged with sedition," Byron also noted.

[H/T Red Alert Politics' Melissa Quinn]