Can you help me with the definition of "stalking"?
Because it sure has pejorative implications.
Is it stalking for a bona-fide reporter to follow a public official and ask difficult questions? Gee, I thought that was one of the gripes progressives had with the Bush administration, embedded reporters in Iraq, pre-screened questions, etc., etc.
By your definition, then the actions of Shekar Sidarth following the Allen campaign in 2006 could also be defined as "stalking". You can't have it both ways. You cannot demand that your opponents be subject to public scrutiny, but your own candidates be shielded.
And as to the specifics of the press conference at Rep. Cohen's house - since he called a press conference in relation to his capacity as a public official - even if at his own home - he made it a public venue.
PPS - And I say this as someone who was glad to see Allen defeated and who believes that Cohen is the far better candidate. But I believe there should be overarching principles and a higher level of discourse.
Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime where of the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.
The first African American major party candidate and he uses a metaphor which brings to mind the caning of abolitionist Senator Charles Sumner. There may have been a few other bumps and scrapes in the halls of Congress, but the beating of Sumner is, far and away, the most famous episode of using a cane in Congress.
Not to mention that Obama doesn't have all that much political capital as yet. So to talk about "whupping" is an open invitation for snickering in the back benches.