Of course it is a threat, and was meant as a threat. This is blue book Progressive Sol Lewinsky smearing the people that disagree so that no one will disagree. Remember when they went after Romney’s donors. They smeared them and had the IRS investigate them for supporting their opponent. REmember when the President had his “business” discussion, when he only invited those who didnot support Romney in any way and who did not disagree with him. Remember when he only has union members in those meetings. THis President is an idealogue accusing the Republicans of being idealogues when he doesn’t give an inch.