by William Teach | April 5, 2010 7:49 am
David Catanese at the Politico yanks out the Democrat talking points to say you people who disagree with the far left agenda of the Democrats are just plain big old meanies – Spring forecast: Incivility with a chance of rage
MANCHESTER, N.H. — If the experience of this state’s two Democratic House members is any indication, the raw emotion and mistrust emanating from last summer’s congressional town halls never really went away.
Instead, the unrest simmered over the ensuing months, only to return to a boil when Rep. Carol Shea-Porter and Rep. Paul Hodes, who is running for U.S. Senate, returned home to meet with their constituents here during the first week of the Easter recess.
As Paul at Powerline points out, why would anyone think this recess would be different? The only thing that has changed is that the massively unpopular ObamaCare plan has passed, using unsavory procedural motions and what would be termed “bribes” in the private sector. The economy is still mostly being ignored. Cap and tax is still on the table, and Obama may well have the EPA deem CO2 a dangerous gas, which would raise taxes and costs on us all. Companies are already feeling the massive costs of ObamaCare, and people involved with student loans will soon feel the unemployment line. But, hey, Politico, that’s no reason to be mad, right?
Their public events provided a bracing reminder to Democrats that the political pivot from health care to economic and financial issues is going to be much more arduous than they expected.
And the problem there is that the economy and jobs were to be job #1, as we were told time and time again, yet, they have been mostly ignored after the passage of the Generational Theft Act, which has been a miserable failure.
At a senior center in Manchester Wednesday, one woman turned away when Hodes offered his outstretched hand for an introduction.
“I don’t want to shake your hand. You voted for health care, so just go,” snapped Carmen Guimond, as she refocused on her lunch of roast beef and mashed potatoes and waved him on.
How dare this mere private citizen politely blow off an elected Democrat! How rude!
For her part, at back-to-back town hall meetings in Bedford and Merrimack, Shea-Porter faced consistent boos, heckles and catcalls after almost every point she rattled off in defense of her vote.
Despite an effort to accommodate questions from the raucous crowds with a ticketed lottery system and a two-minute time limit for speakers, the congresswoman got little credit from the audience. If anything, it gave her opponents fresh ammunition.
What, no credit? You people are just mean.
David provides all sorts of examples of We The People being uncivil to our Elected Betters. Just because most of You The People have low opinions of Democrats and their policies, that is no reason for you to speak your minds. Because words obviously are hurtful, unlike bricks thrown through windows, a story The Politico failed to cover.
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