Three videos show why ObamaCare is in trouble

posted at 10:55 am on August 3, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

If anyone questioned why Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi wanted to get a health-care reform bill passed before the August recess, the following videos will explain it clearly.  In three town-hall meetings with Democratic denizens of Capitol Hill, crowds reacted angrily to a government takeover of health care.  In the first, Rep. Keith Ellison moves through the crowd in his very liberal district taking comments — but not answering any of his constituents’ questions (via Janet at SCSU Scholars):

The reaction in this clip is almost universally negative, and downright hostile. When one man reads a prepared question asking Ellison whether he’d put forego his “Cadillac plan” as a Congressman and put his family on ObamaCare, Ellison plays emcee rather than answer it — and another constituent loudly demands his response.

Rep. Lloyd Doggett’s crowd was even more hostile in his Blue Dog district of Texas (via Power Line and John Lott):

Back in Central Texas while Congress is on a month-long recess, U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett faced an angry audience at a town hall meeting at an Austin Randalls grocery store Saturday.

Doggett, D-Austin, spoke at the store at Brodie and Slaughter lanes. A video of the event on YouTube shows that many in the crowd had signs denouncing President Barack Obama’s proposed health care plan.

Witnesses said that when Doggett was asked whether he would support the plan even if he found that his constituents opposed it, Doggett said he would. People then began chanting “just say no” and overwhelmed the congressman as he moved through the crowd and into the parking lot.

Meanwhile, back in Pennsylvania, newly-minted Democrat Arlen Specter finds out that Pennsylvanians don’t much care for the rush to have government pass bills that their representatives don’t read. HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius doesn’t help much when she tries to defend the honor of people like John Conyers (via Michelle):

The administration knew that supporters of ObamaCare would encounter not just opposition, but outright anger once they returned to face their constituents. They wanted to ram ObamaCare through Congress before constituents had a chance to have their say. Specter and Doggett would have expected to hear resistance among their constituents, but Ellison perhaps was the most surprised. MN-05 is as safely Democratic and liberal as any seat in Congress (which is why Ellison, an acolyte of Louis Farrakhan, won the seat in the first place). If a Democrat gets a hostile reception in MN-05, it’s just about akin to Nancy Pelosi getting booed in San Francisco.

If Pelosi and Obama had a tough time holding the Blue Dogs before the recess, they will have a lot more headaches when Congress returns in September — and hopefully a lot more skeptics as well.


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Does this mean Arlen’s getting voted off the island?

Upstater85 on August 3, 2009 at 10:58 AM

The you tube commenters are greatly offended by crowds actually putting heat on the congressmen (no surprise.) It shows how they have become the loyal little lapdogs big government has wanted them to be.

The treatment of the people by the ruling class is deplorable. They don’t listen, they don’t care.

Grafted on August 3, 2009 at 11:01 AM

Upstater85 on August 3, 2009 at 10:58 AM

I’m gonna do my part to see that happens.

cjtony97 on August 3, 2009 at 11:01 AM

God gave Congressmen two ears, but ten voting fingers.

LibTired on August 3, 2009 at 11:02 AM

please sir, may I have some more?

hee hee….love it!!

cmsinaz on August 3, 2009 at 11:02 AM

I’m gonna do my part to see that happens.

cjtony97 on August 3, 2009 at 11:01 AM

Go, you.

Upstater85 on August 3, 2009 at 11:02 AM

Keith Ellison looked so stupid(ly) walking around with a ’20 seconds’ sign and NEVER answering any of the questions. Smoke-n-morrors baby.. that’s all that is left

gatorboy on August 3, 2009 at 11:02 AM

It’s called The Harassment Strategy, and it’s just so much loutish astroturfing.

starfleet_dude on August 3, 2009 at 11:02 AM

Attended the Austin Rally, it was a raucious good time and met a lot of people who feel the way I do about Obama policies. Keep the pressure up people!

bhawknine on August 3, 2009 at 11:03 AM

8/22 Recess Rally nationwide, be there, or be square or be in ObamaCare…

ginaswo on August 3, 2009 at 11:05 AM

Of course, our state-run media in Philadelphia have said nothing about Specter’s debacle. But I’m hoping a lot of Pennsylvanians will see this video anyway.

rockmom on August 3, 2009 at 11:05 AM

The you tube commenters are greatly offended by crowds actually putting heat on the congressmen (no surprise.)

Grafted on August 3, 2009 at 11:01 AM

If you have time read some of the profiles of those people. Looks like they don’t leave mom and dad’s basement much.

VibrioCocci on August 3, 2009 at 11:06 AM

“I look at this health care plan and I see nothing that is about health or about care. What I see is a bureaucratic nightmare, senator. Medicaid is broke, Medicare is broke, Social Security is broke and you want us to believe that a government that can’t even run a cash for clunkers program is going to run one-seventh of our U.S. economy? No sir, no.”

Owned.

Abby Adams on August 3, 2009 at 11:06 AM

it is time to kill Obamacare and we’ve got to make it happen sooner rather than leter.

Email, fax, tweet, send a snail-mail old fashioned letter to your Congressional Rep and your two Senators, and to the White House as well…let them know exactly what your views on this Obamanation are.

Cut them no slack. Mention that you are a registered voter and you will vote your conscience in 2010 and 2012 and if they support this Obamacare and any other Obama/Pelosi/Reid plan to rob from the so-called “rich” and give it to whomever they designate as more worthy of your money you will work tirelessly to make sure they never hold any public office ever again…ever.

coldwarrior on August 3, 2009 at 11:06 AM

In that first video, some lady with a bandanna on her head speaks for several minutes and said nothing except the UN says healthcare is a right!?!? Lotta talking, but not saying a thing…

It is nice to see liberal districts throwing fits at ObamaCare.

jeffn21 on August 3, 2009 at 11:06 AM

Waterloo – finally facing my waterloo

My my, I tried to destroy your healthcare

Oh yeah, and now it seems my only chance is giving up the fight

Waterloo – finally facing my waterloo

Are those the lyrics by ABBA or Barry Soreto of Indonesia?

Branch Rickey on August 3, 2009 at 11:07 AM

Republicans protesting and infiltrating town halls will still not stop this legislation from moving forward

liberal343 on August 3, 2009 at 11:07 AM

Does this mean Arlen’s getting voted off the island?

Upstater85 on August 3, 2009 at 10:58 AM

I’d pay good money to see him participate in an icky food challenge…

ladyingray on August 3, 2009 at 11:07 AM

What good are questions without answers?

400lb Gorilla on August 3, 2009 at 11:08 AM

rockmom on August 3, 2009 at 11:05 AM

I saw a brief clip of Arlen on the ten o’clock news Sunday, but can’t remember which one. I’d guess Channel 29 (Fox).

Wethal on August 3, 2009 at 11:08 AM

It’s called The Harassment Strategy, and it’s just so much loutish astroturfing.

starfleet_dude on August 3, 2009 at 11:02 AM

Are you somewhat missing the distinction between real and fake?

Count to 10 on August 3, 2009 at 11:09 AM

“Health care is a right recognized by the United Nations.”

Ooooof…my IQ dropped a few points just from hearing that.

Bishop on August 3, 2009 at 11:09 AM

Republicans protesting and infiltrating town halls will still not stop this legislation from moving forward

liberal343 on August 3, 2009 at 11:07 AM

How do you ‘infiltrate’ an open meeting?

Count to 10 on August 3, 2009 at 11:10 AM

When they are interviewed they will just say they had productive town hall meetings that reaffirmed to them how much change in the Healthcare system is needed.

tomas on August 3, 2009 at 11:11 AM

If they won’t listen to the voice of the people, then we they have to be overthrown…..by any means necessary.

notagool on August 3, 2009 at 11:12 AM

It’s called The Harassment Strategy, and it’s just so much loutish astroturfing.

starfleet_dude on August 3, 2009 at 11:02 AM

Harassment strategy? Astroturfing?

Is Axelrod sending you text messages again, starfleet_dude?

VibrioCocci on August 3, 2009 at 11:12 AM

Republicans protesting and infiltrating town halls will still not stop this legislation from moving forward
liberal343 on August 3, 2009 at 11:07 AM

Townhalls are only for demorats? I must have missed that amendment to the Constitution.

Protesting? A few years ago such a thing was considered patriotic. In fact a well known senator at the time screamed, “It’s our right to protest and disagree with any administration.”

Infiltrate? What, Repubs and conservatives are spies now?

Bishop on August 3, 2009 at 11:12 AM

Not “in trouble” enough. But the word’s spreading. Nothing like crowds of pissed off folks who’ve never been quite that pissed off before.

And when it goes down, it needs to take cap ‘n trade, a “second stimulus”, the Democratic majority and GM with it.

tree hugging sister on August 3, 2009 at 11:12 AM

What I don’t get is how Reps think they could pass something before anyone learns about it and that won’t get them kicked out of office.

As it is, in every election for the next 6 years, if you voted for the bailouts, for healthcare, for Cap and Tax, etc. you will have that brought up constantly during election season by your opponent. Specter is probably out.

Even Kay Bailey Hutchinson is running for Gov of Texas after voting for the bailouts. Rick Perry started calling her Kay Bailout Hutchinson. She will probably end her political career because of that vote. People are PO’d!!!

jeffn21 on August 3, 2009 at 11:12 AM

“Health care is a right recognized by the United Nations.”

Ooooof…my IQ dropped a few points just from hearing that.

Bishop on August 3, 2009 at 11:09 AM

I hear you.

Let’s have the UN pay for it…all of it…after we drop out of that corrupt organization. The UN is not the US. Just a bunch of jealous ingrates who wish they’d been born American trying to take what is ours so they can pay off the corruptocrats across the world. If the rest of the world [the UN] wants so badly to be equal Third World states, let them. We’ve better things to do.

coldwarrior on August 3, 2009 at 11:13 AM

Republicans protesting and infiltrating town halls will still not stop this legislation from moving forward

liberal343 on August 3, 2009 at 11:07 AM

Nor will more than half the country not wanting it. Power to the Government!!!

LibTired on August 3, 2009 at 11:13 AM

Republicans protesting and infiltrating town halls will still not stop this legislation from moving forward

liberal343 on August 3, 2009 at 11:07 AM

Are you saying that Republicans are not allowed to voice their opinions to those who are SUPPOSED to represent them in Congress?

Are you saying that Republicans are no longer citizens and have no representation?

Just what are you saying?

INC on August 3, 2009 at 11:13 AM

Are you somewhat missing the distinction between real and fake?

The strategy is real enough. What’s fake is that there’s any genuine conservative backlash in Rep. Ellison’s district, which is as liberal as they come. It only takes a couple of jerks to make a scene that can be taped, after all.

starfleet_dude on August 3, 2009 at 11:13 AM

Compelling videos. Obama and the democrats are going to ram through universal health care anyway. They won, remember? And one of the few certainties in life is that they don’t give a rat’s ass what “the people” think.

Rational Thought on August 3, 2009 at 11:13 AM

Having lived in Austin for a few years and spending a week or two last fall there during the height of the pres campaign (Hurricane Ike evacuee), let me put the Doggett dogging in perspective. It would be like Pelosi getting shouted down in Frisco.

Spider79 on August 3, 2009 at 11:14 AM

The democrats are imploding. The hope and change has been replaced with lies and deceptions. Same song and dance as usual. Flush the 219 in 2010 that voted for the cap and trade bill is a good place to start regaining our country back.

volsense on August 3, 2009 at 11:14 AM

How do you ‘infiltrate’ an open meeting?

Count to 10 on August 3, 2009 at 11:10 AM

To think, they once called them ‘voters’

entagor on August 3, 2009 at 11:15 AM

Just what are you saying?
INC on August 3, 2009 at 11:13 AM

She’s saying that there are no demorats opposed to the OgabeCare disaster, not one, anywhere.

Bishop on August 3, 2009 at 11:15 AM

It’s called The Harassment Strategy, and it’s just so much loutish astroturfing.

starfleet_dude on August 3, 2009 at 11:02 AM

Gee, remember when Barry told his supporters to go out and get in people’s faces? Is it now a bad thing?

a capella on August 3, 2009 at 11:16 AM

If the Congress listens to the people this stupid idea is dead. AS they are Congress and could not care at all what people demand, we are still n trouble.

JIMV on August 3, 2009 at 11:16 AM

Witnesses said that when Doggett was asked whether he would support the plan even if he found that his constituents opposed it, Doggett said he would.

I guess we don’t actually have representatives anymore. We have dictators.

Daggett on August 3, 2009 at 11:17 AM

liberal343 on August 3, 2009 at 11:07 AM

It is not just the Republicans that are against this legislation. Given Obama and his socialist directive, yes, unfortunately, this may go through.

You are a troll and should have been banned for your comments yesterday. Go suck at Kos.

mimi1220 on August 3, 2009 at 11:17 AM

Republicans protesting and infiltrating town halls will still not stop this legislation from moving forward

liberal343 on August 3, 2009 at 11:07 AM

I disagree. With the tea parties, phone calls, e-mails, and now the townhall meetings, these politicians suddenly realize the peons are actually paying attention. And not just with Obamacare, but with crap-and-betrayed, porkulus, TARP, and the deficits.

Couple that with lousy poll numbers for incumbents, even someone like Boxer, and they’ve gotta be scared sh-tless right about now.

Doughboy on August 3, 2009 at 11:17 AM

Liberal343,

How does a person infiltrate a town hall meeting? You seems to be attempting to make it appear as though showing up to voice displeasure over government policy to your elected representative is nefarious and subversive. Wasn’t it not long ago when Madam Hillary informed us that dissent was Patriotic? Watching these videos of Demo_rats scurrying for cover is priceless.

Hopefully it won’t be long before enough of them will be looking for employment.

devolvingtowardsidiocracy on August 3, 2009 at 11:18 AM

What’s fake is that there’s any genuine conservative backlash in Rep. Ellison’s district, which is as liberal as they come. It only takes a couple of jerks to make a scene that can be taped, after all.
starfleet_dude on August 3, 2009 at 11:13 AM

How do you know all the concerned questioners were conservative? Are you going to take the same line as 343 and claim that Republicans “infiltrated” the townhalls, that not a single liberal in Ellison’s district might be against OgabeCare?

Bishop on August 3, 2009 at 11:20 AM

i looked at the recessrally website. 1st: Virginia is listed as a NorthEastern state. I almost crawled under my bed sobbing.

but, 8/22 rally outside every Congressman’s office. and go to townhalls.

i can & will do this. we must

kelley in virginia on August 3, 2009 at 11:20 AM

I live in S TX near Corpus Christi and the local radio show had a poll today on Perry-61.9%=dear kay-38.1%. I was a bit surprised, but I hope that gal will not be my Governor. She is a rino!
L

letget on August 3, 2009 at 11:20 AM

Ya see, elected left-wing representatives believe Katie Couric when she says they’re smarter than the typical stupid voter.

perroviejo on August 3, 2009 at 11:20 AM

BY THE PEOPLE FOR THE PEOPLE YOU A$$ CLOWNS! Learn to run the country by the constitution or get out.

scalleywag on August 3, 2009 at 11:21 AM

LIEbral343 on August 3, 2009 at 11:07 AM

This troll acts stupidly after seeing video of the hammering that thinned skinned politicians get. Not all politicians are devil, fork-tongued liebral idiots like Barry Soreto and Keiffy Ellison who put on dog and pony shows; some want to be re-elected.

Let me be clear. I should have re-calibrated my words and said the troll should not be stupid. Not acted stupidly but in actuality not be so stupid.

Branch Rickey on August 3, 2009 at 11:22 AM

The people are illustrating (at the crayon level) that these Dems are blindly sprinting toward 2010 political retirement.

Pelosi, Reid, et al were using the lower-ranking representatives until they could be easily disposed.

perroviejo on August 3, 2009 at 11:23 AM

How do you know all the concerned questioners were conservative?

I’m only speaking of the ones who were louts trying to get attention. Those asking Ellison about single-payer were more polite, I’m sure.

In any case, Congress will pass a health care reform bill that Obama will sign into law. Democrats can’t afford to fail as they did in 1993, and even the Blue Dogs know that.

starfleet_dude on August 3, 2009 at 11:23 AM

Even Kay Bailey Hutchinson is running for Gov of Texas after voting for the bailouts. Rick Perry started calling her Kay Bailout Hutchinson. She will probably end her political career because of that vote. People are PO’d!!!

jeffn21 on August 3, 2009 at 11:12 AM

Heh. That’s going to leave a mark.

Vashta.Nerada on August 3, 2009 at 11:24 AM

we need to stay connected to each other & stay informed. (and positive).

and get ready for townhalls. our group is going early to get all the front row seats. then we’ll put people in every row.

then we’ll carry a copy of the stimulus bill or cap ‘n trade or whatever has already been voted on & ask questions like “Cong Dumbass, why did you vote to protect a millipede in one dark hole in AZ?

kelley in virginia on August 3, 2009 at 11:24 AM

The strategy is real enough. What’s fake is that there’s any genuine conservative backlash in Rep. Ellison’s district, which is as liberal as they come. It only takes a couple of jerks to make a scene that can be taped, after all.

starfleet_dude on August 3, 2009 at 11:13 AM

‘As liberal as they come’ is still probably not more than 50%–the rest of their margin is moderates who vote Democrat. People who oppose nationalization of medicine can still complain about it, even if the district vote Dem with zombie like consistency.

Count to 10 on August 3, 2009 at 11:24 AM

Inspired by the “healthcare” news from Oregon, I imagine the President receiving a letter along the following lines.

“Dear Custodian of ObamaCare:

I regret to inform you that your application for extending the life of your Bill to September has been denied. In view of the Bill’s certain demise so soon, it is simply not cost effective to provide this expensive treatment, though well intentioned it may be. Instead, we are happy to refer your Bill to assisted bill-killing services which are provided at very modest cost. Thank you and have a nice day.”

Well, I can dream, can’t I?

jwolf on August 3, 2009 at 11:24 AM

DO ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING TO STOP THIS!

SDarchitect on August 3, 2009 at 11:24 AM

The strategy is real enough. What’s fake is that there’s any genuine conservative backlash in Rep. Ellison’s district, which is as liberal as they come. It only takes a couple of jerks to make a scene that can be taped, after all.

starfleet_dude on August 3, 2009 at 11:13 AM

You’re wrong. This isn’t conservative backlash – this is backlash from the PEOPLE. There are a lot of “liberals” who aren’t for single payer. The ones that are – well I doubt they are showing up for these town halls – the ones that aren’t – are pissed and showing up.

This is a huge story – one the media isn’t covering. Tea Party backlash to Obama has moved from the streets to the town halls – and they are monopolizing the message these town halls are sending out.

The polls say the people don’t want Obamacare and the PEOPLE are showing up at town halls all accross the country to explain that to their representatives.

Does the Democratic party stand for “Democracy”?? Will they ignor the people and pass Obamacare?

They’re trying.

HondaV65 on August 3, 2009 at 11:25 AM

Republicans protesting and infiltrating town halls will still not stop this legislation from moving forward

liberal343 on August 3, 2009 at 11:07 AM

In Austin, you have to leave Travis County to find a Republican. And after 30 years of dragging their feet on road construction, it takes 2 hours to drive anywhere. I doubt if anyone in Williamson or Hays would have bothered to make the trip, considering that Doggett has never been interested in hearing a right-of-center viewpoint (FYI Cap’n, Doggett is as left as Ellison or Pelosi). His own willingness to ignore his constituents on this issue speaks volumes on this point.

Liberal, it seems you have the same problem as Starfleet_dude – too much Axelrod exposure has left your side with the inability to distinguish astroturf from grass roots.

HobbesDFW on August 3, 2009 at 11:26 AM

In any case, Congress will pass a health care reform bill that Obama will sign into law. Democrats can’t afford to fail as they did in 1993, and even the Blue Dogs know that.

starfleet_dude on August 3, 2009 at 11:23 AM

And then come the tax raises on middle America that Barry promised wouldn’t happen,..and then,..2010.

a capella on August 3, 2009 at 11:26 AM

In any case, Congress will pass a health care reform bill that Obama will sign into law. Democrats can’t afford to fail as they did in 1993, and even the Blue Dogs know that.

starfleet_dude on August 3, 2009 at 11:23 AM

Seriously, I don’t get how you can not see this thing as an atrocity.

Count to 10 on August 3, 2009 at 11:26 AM

It’s called The Harassment Strategy, and it’s just so much loutish astroturfing.

starfleet_dude on August 3, 2009 at 11:02 AM

It’s called Democracy – or don’t you libs buy into the whole “Democracy” thing anymore?

Look at the polls dude – you’re losing. Don’t try to pen some worn out moronic strategy that was invented by liberals to make them LOOK like they have the voice of the people on us.

HondaV65 on August 3, 2009 at 11:28 AM

starfleet_dude on August 3, 2009 at 11:02 AM

Ahh yes. Leftist mathematics from Starfleet Douche and an article from Washington Monthly. What, the Mother Jones and Nation links were too obvious.

In Starfleet Douche’s world:
private citizens opposition to OgabeCare=astroturf

paid SEIU/ACORN filth=grassroots support

PimFortuynsGhost on August 3, 2009 at 11:28 AM

Republicans American citizens protesting and infiltrating town halls will still not stop this legislation from moving forward

liberal343 on August 3, 2009 at 11:07 AM

FIFY …

And yeah – you’re prolly right.

HondaV65 on August 3, 2009 at 11:29 AM

Hey liberal343-

Don’t you recognize this? You guys used to call it “Speaking Truth to Power!”

rockmom on August 3, 2009 at 11:29 AM

the obamacare is an entitlement to illegal aliens. it cannot be “undone” by repeal without revolt from illegals.

therefore, this bill must be stopped now.

kelley in virginia on August 3, 2009 at 11:29 AM

In any case, Congress will pass a health care reform bill that Obama will sign into law. Democrats can’t afford to fail as they did in 1993, and even the Blue Dogs know that.

You must not understand the concept of Blue Dogs, or why the demorats didn’t pass OgabeCare before the recess. It’s just going to get worse for them, by September it won’t be just the Blue Dogs who are rebelling against Ogabe.

Bishop on August 3, 2009 at 11:29 AM

Woot! We’re not all crazy in south Austin. Weird, yes, but we’re not dumb.

bitsy on August 3, 2009 at 11:30 AM

Smoke-n-morrors baby.. that’s all that is left

gatorboy on August 3, 2009 at 11:02 AM

I think they’d prefer a game of “blow-smoke-at-the-morons” but we don’t want to play along.

Greg Toombs on August 3, 2009 at 11:30 AM

I can hammer on my congresshole all day long, but how does one remove a Democrat from office in New Jersey?

Other than federal indictment, that is.

bloviator on August 3, 2009 at 11:30 AM

And, perhaps they can’t afford to succeed either starfleet_dude. I guess you might say the dems are finding themselves caught between a rock and a hard place. I only hope the vise is tightened so hard they have their political oxygen expunged from their political being.

I have NO FAITH in the Blue Dogs. There was a time when that moniker meant something. Now, it is just a way for the annoying media to spice up their play-by-play analysis of what they see as a game that is played for their amusement.

devolvingtowardsidiocracy on August 3, 2009 at 11:32 AM

If they won’t listen to the voice of the people, then we they have to be overthrown…..by any means necessary.

notagool on August 3, 2009 at 11:12 AM

Indeed. Regardless of viewpoint or which side of the aisle, any American government which ignores the people they are supposed to represent needs to go. If they won’t step down, it needs to be done the hard way.

Grafted on August 3, 2009 at 11:34 AM

Seriously, I don’t get how you can not see this thing as an atrocity.

It’s because that what’s likely to finally pass is a national version of something that Minnesota’s already done:

Minnesota Care

As the world hasn’t ended here yet, I’m not going to run around saying the sky is in imminent danger of falling.

starfleet_dude on August 3, 2009 at 11:35 AM

The Harassment Strategy, and it’s just so much loutish astroturfing.

fleet_enema on August 3, 2009 at 11:02 AM

I had no idea that the KauseKidz had a name for the 8 years of their actions of nonsense during W.’s term.

Coincidence that “Harassment Strategy” was the code name for AndyWandy Sullivan’s blog on Trigg Palin during and after election 08?
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So it’s harassment when citizens protest people in congress; it’s called “community organizing” when A.C.O.R.N. and Barry Soreto do it?

Branch Rickey on August 3, 2009 at 11:35 AM

HobbesDFW on August 3, 2009 at 11:26 AM

You’d be surprised to know how many of us Republicans are in Travis County.

mimi1220 on August 3, 2009 at 11:36 AM

liberal343 on August 3, 2009 at 11:07 AM

The only kind of ‘Town Hall’ meetings that are closed like that belong to the 0ne whos buttocks your lips are firmly attached to.

Just like Janine Barfalo, Liberal343 thinks that everyone who isn’t bowing and scraping before 0bama is either racist or a republican.

I hate to tell you this, but the Blue Dogs will be coming back from this break with the realization that maybe they are on the wrong side of things like Crap-n-Take, 0bamaCare, and the Porkulus and work to remedy that because they know the will not have a job the next election cycle if they don’t.

Wolftech on August 3, 2009 at 11:36 AM

It’s over — Waterloo is the perfect metaphor.

Richard Romano on August 3, 2009 at 11:37 AM

Does the Democratic party stand for “Democracy”?? Will they ignor the people and pass Obamacare?

They’re trying.

HondaV65 on August 3, 2009 at 11:25 AM

They passed porkulus and most Americans were against that. That’s why this administration/congress is so dangerous…they don’t listen, they rule.

scalleywag on August 3, 2009 at 11:37 AM

Perhaps they don’t intend to put up with this treatment much longer without doing something about it. The National Guard is running ads for “Corrections Officer Internment/Resettlement specialists.” I know I know, I’m just paranoid.

Akzed on August 3, 2009 at 11:37 AM

Has Kathleen Sebelius been to a townhall in which she has not been shouted down?

Theworldisnotenough on August 3, 2009 at 11:39 AM

Wow!

The Doggett video reminds me that even though Austin is the leftmost city in Texas, leftmost is a relative term.

Perhaps Doggett will reconsider voting for Obamacare against the will of his constituents.

I’m getting all giddy just thinking about it.

applebutter on August 3, 2009 at 11:40 AM

JUST SAY NO!
JUST SAY NO!
JUST SAY NO!
JUST SAY NO!
JUST SAY NO!
JUST SAY NO!
JUST SAY NO!
JUST SAY NO!
…. etc…

gridlock2 on August 3, 2009 at 11:42 AM

Has Kathleen Sebelius been to a townhall in which she has not been shouted down?

Theworldisnotenough on August 3, 2009 at 11:39 AM

likely not. she’s a tool

gatorboy on August 3, 2009 at 11:42 AM

starfleet_dude on August 3, 2009 at 11:35 AM

There is a big difference between pulling that at the state and federal level. Your ‘Minnesota Care’ is nothing more than a slightly expanded Medicaid. If you want to see a watered down version of what they are trying to pass, look at RomneyCare (is it any wonder after the RINO pushed that crap, why I hate the idiot?) and see how well Massachusetts is doing running that. Now expand that and put it out to a federal level and compare it with how well they have run the VA, Medicare and Social Security and tell me the federal government can handle it. Hell, they couldn’t even handle ‘Cash4Clunkers’. I wouldn’t trust the 0bama administration to run a lemonade stand.

Wolftech on August 3, 2009 at 11:42 AM

Americans may have been against the Stimulus (actually, my brother, a vet & a real conservative, said he couldn’t say whether he was for/against because he wasn’t a economist/financial expert).

but people are really mad now. and they realize that being vocal is a GOOD THING!.

kelley in virginia on August 3, 2009 at 11:44 AM

Republicans protesting and infiltrating town halls will still not stop this legislation from moving forward
liberal343 on August 3, 2009 at 11:07 AM

Still waiting for your “one” story.

davidk on August 3, 2009 at 11:44 AM

The you tube commenters are greatly offended by crowds actually putting heat on the congressmen (no surprise.)
Grafted on August 3, 2009 at 11:01 AM

That’s because they are busy reaching across the aisle and don’t see why we are not reaching back. /sarc

I followed some links on MM’s site this morning and the commenters are rabid. Yuch. So much for the era of Obama.

Mr_Magoo on August 3, 2009 at 11:45 AM

As the world hasn’t ended here yet, I’m not going to run around saying the sky is in imminent danger of falling.

starfleet_dude on August 3, 2009 at 11:35 AM

It’s Obama’s poll numbers that are falling – not the sky! Teehee! :D

HondaV65 on August 3, 2009 at 11:45 AM

i was reading at a Virginia conservative site where a woman was doorknocking for our Republican gubernatorial candidate (McDonnell). She said she felt like she was a therapist because people are poring out all their financial woes to her. and their anger at the federal govt.

its there & its real.

kelley in virginia on August 3, 2009 at 11:46 AM

can hammer on my congresshole all day long, but how does one remove a Democrat from office in New Jersey?

Other than federal indictment, that is.

bloviator on August 3, 2009 at 11:30 AM

How does one remove a Dhimmicrat from office in Delaware especially when he’s a RINO?

davidk on August 3, 2009 at 11:48 AM

Republicans protesting and infiltrating town halls will still not stop this legislation from moving forward

liberal343 on August 3, 2009 at 11:07 AM

This is a prime example of the intolerant liberal mindset which is …we don’t give a damn what the people think, what the people say, or what the people want … we’re gonna do whatever the hell we want to do. Screw the people and the Constitution.

darwin on August 3, 2009 at 11:49 AM

What do all Congress people care about?

RE-ELECTION

that’s all

kelley in virginia on August 3, 2009 at 11:52 AM

I feel like I get about as much attention or representation from our government as a protestor in Iran gets from the mullahs. When I write my congressman all I get back is canned condescending remarks about trying to reform health care and blah blah yada yada. They’re not interested in what we think or want, they’re interested in promoting Obama’s agenda. They’re killing us softly.

scalleywag on August 3, 2009 at 11:53 AM

Keep Ignoring us congress critters. Soon you’ll be dodging more than angry words and rotten vegetables.

The Ronin Edge on August 3, 2009 at 11:47 AM

By the way, I hear Kelvlar is the new Cashmere amongst congress critters these days.

The Ronin Edge on August 3, 2009 at 11:50 AM

That’s two posts for which you should be banned.

Akzed on August 3, 2009 at 11:53 AM

The strategy is real enough. What’s fake is that there’s any genuine conservative backlash in Rep. Ellison’s district, which is as liberal as they come. It only takes a couple of jerks to make a scene that can be taped, after all.
starfleet_dude on August 3, 2009 at 11:13 AM

Hey dude, can you explain the 80% of the crowd that applauded the “two jerks”? Scotty needs you down in the engine room dude…..something about missing brain cells in the fuel pods.

Rovin on August 3, 2009 at 11:54 AM

Seriously, I don’t get how you can not see this thing as an atrocity.

Count to 10 on August 3, 2009 at 11:26 AM

Spork has penultimate faith in government and the collectivist love of one size fits all tyrrany.

sven10077 on August 3, 2009 at 11:54 AM

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