Protester to Specter: “You have awakened a sleeping giant”

posted at 6:20 pm on August 11, 2009 by Allahpundit

Grade A red meat, straight off the bone. All protesters want to believe this is true of their pet cause, of course. The left surely believed it after the anti-war movement got going and yet here we are, six years later, still with 130,000 troops in Iraq … and, er, with an anti-war Democratic president and Congress at the helm. Will the right’s “sleeping giant” fully awaken before 2012 or are we doomed to a few more years of hitting the snooze button before the backlash hits full force? Famously eeyorish blogger predicts: Zzzzzz.

Give The One credit for doing his part to nudge us, though. According to Gallup, only 35 percent would advise their congressman to vote for ObamaCare versus 36 percent who’d advise voting against. In one month, that’s a drop of … 21 points.

Update: “It scares the life out of me.”

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what a joke she is

liberal343 on August 11, 2009 at 6:23 PM

Will the right’s “sleeping giant” fully awaken before 2012 or are we doomed to a few more years of hitting the snooze button before the backlash hits full force?

If the left gets any of their killer legislation through (or just do it by regulation, instead) this nation won’t make it to 2012. It likely won’t, anyway.

progressoverpeace on August 11, 2009 at 6:23 PM

She should run against Arlen…

Dickie Dunn on August 11, 2009 at 6:23 PM

Yes they have.

“Don’t Tread on Me” video

For the Angry mob…featuring RUSH, LEVIN, COULTER..etc

Rocks

deedtrader on August 11, 2009 at 6:23 PM

what a joke she is I am……

liberal343 on August 11, 2009 at 6:23 PM

FIFY.

HornetSting on August 11, 2009 at 6:24 PM

how is it liberal343 is 1st on so many threads? Nah, he’s not a paid shill or nothing. Just a coincidence.

angryed on August 11, 2009 at 6:25 PM

Wow that mob moll looks really dangerous.

sandee on August 11, 2009 at 6:25 PM

We need to shut down their phones again.

WisCon on August 11, 2009 at 6:26 PM

what a joke she is

liberal343 on August 11, 2009 at 6:23 PM

bunny shaker…. have to have more then one alias?

upinak on August 11, 2009 at 6:26 PM

no feeding trolls

Weight of Glory on August 11, 2009 at 6:26 PM

what a joke she is

liberal343 on August 11, 2009 at 6:23 PM

You wouldn’t write that if she were…

the_nile on August 11, 2009 at 6:26 PM

Wow. Specter needs to go out to pasture. He bumbling all over the place.

Sit down Arlen. Your time has come.

portlandon on August 11, 2009 at 6:26 PM

I kind of wish we were turning into Russia. Russia’s income tax is a flat 13%.

angryed on August 11, 2009 at 6:26 PM

Look! Look! She is reading a script that was given to her by the insurance companies!!! Mobilize the SEIU! She is hurting America!

Punchenko on August 11, 2009 at 6:26 PM

AP, I realize that you have to leave your house to get the sense of what happens at town halls and rallies, but really: this time it’s different.

beatcanvas on August 11, 2009 at 6:27 PM

what a joke she is

liberal343 on August 11, 2009 at 6:23 PM

here let me revise that for you

what joke she liberal343 is

johnnybgood on August 11, 2009 at 6:27 PM

no feeding trolls

Weight of Glory on August 11, 2009 at 6:26 PM

Can we at least waterboard them for a little while?

HornetSting on August 11, 2009 at 6:27 PM

what a joke she is

liberal343 on August 11, 2009 at 6:23 PM

Awww. Jealous?

Esthier on August 11, 2009 at 6:27 PM

Caught a couple minutes of Hardball today. Both guests were sure that the mobs weren’t representative of anything larger because, looking at President Obama’s town hall today, no one was angry. Everyone seemed to trust that he was telling them the truth, and so the protests at everyone else’s town halls simply must be overblown.

Hell, he had to beg the audience just to get someone to ask him a tough question.

BadgerHawk on August 11, 2009 at 6:27 PM

Ignore the racist liberal343. Don’t let IT hijack the thread as good as this one.

portlandon on August 11, 2009 at 6:27 PM

Will the right’s “sleeping giant” fully awaken before 2012 or are we doomed to a few more years of hitting the snooze button before the backlash hits full force?

We’ll see next year. In the meantime, too many on the right are afraid of the harsh opinions of the media to be gigantic.

ddrintn on August 11, 2009 at 6:28 PM

I kind of wish we were turning into Russia. Russia’s income tax is a flat 13%.

angryed on August 11, 2009 at 6:26 PM

In Russia the government targets journalist. In America the government and the journalist target private citizens.

Punchenko on August 11, 2009 at 6:28 PM

Hell, he had to beg the audience just to get someone to ask him a tough question.

BadgerHawk on August 11, 2009 at 6:27 PM

Because the Obama astroturfers don’t ad-lib well. If it ain’t scripted…..

portlandon on August 11, 2009 at 6:28 PM

what a joke she is

liberal343 on August 11, 2009 at 6:23 PM

Keep it up. Please.

ddrintn on August 11, 2009 at 6:29 PM

Will the right’s “sleeping giant” fully awaken before 2012 or are we doomed to a few more years of hitting the snooze button before the backlash hits full force?

He’ll likely be re-elected. It’s 2010 that I care about. Pick up enough Senate seats to reliably preserve a filibuster and enough House seats to force compromises in every committee.

BadgerHawk on August 11, 2009 at 6:29 PM

what a joke she is
liberal343 on August 11, 2009 at 6:23 PM

Her first time on national T.V, she was articulate, intelligent, honest and informed. I understand why you would go straight for the ad hom.

29Victor on August 11, 2009 at 6:29 PM

Appropriate song for this thread

Elric66 on August 11, 2009 at 6:29 PM

Is it normal for bipartisan town hall audiences to chant “Yes we can!”?

Bishop on August 11, 2009 at 6:29 PM

In Russia the government targets journalist. In America the government and the journalist target private citizens.

Punchenko on August 11, 2009 at 6:28 PM

In America, journalists and the government (at least the Democrat party) are one and the same. Look at the revolving door.

ddrintn on August 11, 2009 at 6:30 PM

What a joke Arlen Specter is. And I say that in all sincerity, as someone who regrettably voted for him in 2004.

rockmom on August 11, 2009 at 6:30 PM

HornetSting on August 11, 2009 at 6:27 PM

Oh, yes. Of course.

Weight of Glory on August 11, 2009 at 6:30 PM

liberal343 sits in the dark, on the Hotair site, typing…

“,,,,,,,…”

Corky on August 11, 2009 at 6:31 PM

I’ve been talking to extended family memebers lately, people who vote but don’t talk about politics unless it is election day. They are paying attention to the healthcare stuff. They don’t know much of anything about Cap N Trade or how bad the deficit is, but they seem to know enough about the House healthcare bill, enough to surprise me.

They are angry and they feel pretty helpless to stop what is coming. Just wait until they figure out that the whole voting thing is an effective weapon.

myrenovations on August 11, 2009 at 6:31 PM

HornetSting on August 11, 2009 at 6:27 PM

I want to be the second to pour the water.

upinak on August 11, 2009 at 6:31 PM

Is it normal for bipartisan town hall audiences to chant “Yes we can!”?

Bishop on August 11, 2009 at 6:29 PM

It reminded me of this show I watched on the history channel a couple of weeks ago, around 1933. They were chanting something, but I just couldn’t put my finger on it and they were punching the air with the arms….Yeah, it reminded me of that…

HornetSting on August 11, 2009 at 6:32 PM

Corky on August 11, 2009 at 6:31 PM

was that a haiku? Haiku or not, it was very poetic.

29Victor on August 11, 2009 at 6:32 PM

That should have been repeatedly pressing the F5 key…

Corky on August 11, 2009 at 6:32 PM

HornetSting on August 11, 2009 at 6:27 PM
I want to be the second to pour the water.

upinak on August 11, 2009 at 6:31 PM

You bring me a wolf sandwich and a bowl of moose stew and I’ll let you take the first pour….:)

HornetSting on August 11, 2009 at 6:32 PM

All protesters want to believe this is true of their pet cause, of course. The left surely believed it after the anti-war movement got going and yet here we are, six years later, still with 130,000 troops in Iraq … and, er, with an anti-war Democratic president and Congress at the helm. Will the right’s “sleeping giant” fully awaken before 2012 or are we doomed to a few more years of hitting the snooze button before the backlash hits full force? Famously eeyorish blogger predicts: Zzzzzz.

The big difference is that people did actually get it better under the Bush terms , they’ll get poor and poorer under Obama, right or wrong someone will get that anger projected on them. And the hopey-changey feeling will be completely gone next year.

the_nile on August 11, 2009 at 6:33 PM

3 cheers for Katy

fourdeucer on August 11, 2009 at 6:33 PM

It reminded me of this show I watched on the history channel a couple of weeks ago, around 1933. They were chanting something, but I just couldn’t put my finger on it and they were punching the air with the arms….Yeah, it reminded me of that…
HornetSting on August 11, 2009 at 6:32 PM

FDR proclaiming the merits of the New Deal that he was about to shove down America’s throat?

Bishop on August 11, 2009 at 6:34 PM

Arlen’s townhall made the 4 pm news on Channel 3 (CBS). Then they showed a brief interview with Sestak criticizing Specter for not explaining HR 3200 well (which Sestak said he voted for in committee). Also announced a Sestak townhall this week in Philly. Since Arlen is the endorsed Dem, I wonder who will show up.

Wethal on August 11, 2009 at 6:34 PM

Her first time on national T.V, she was articulate, intelligent, honest and informed. I understand why you would go straight for the ad hom.

29Victor on August 11, 2009 at 6:29 PM

And no note cards marked up in crayon a la the Craigs List enlistees.

BuckeyeSam on August 11, 2009 at 6:34 PM

Play this video after Arlen votes FOR the bill……

izoneguy on August 11, 2009 at 6:35 PM

It reminded me of this show I watched on the history channel a couple of weeks ago, around 1933. They were chanting something, but I just couldn’t put my finger on it and they were punching the air with the arms….Yeah, it reminded me of that…
HornetSting on August 11, 2009 at 6:32 PM
FDR proclaiming the merits of the New Deal that he was about to shove down America’s throat?

Bishop on August 11, 2009 at 6:34 PM

Close, but no…..it happened in Europe and there was a man with a mustache….all I remember is that they wore brown a lot….

HornetSting on August 11, 2009 at 6:35 PM

Is it normal for bipartisan town hall audiences to chant “Yes we can!”?

Bishop on August 11, 2009 at 6:29 PM

About as normal as it is for Obama to have a bipartisan audience.

ddrintn on August 11, 2009 at 6:35 PM

She was great – in fact almost everybody who spoke was great.

The media is going to prove how obselete they are when they are surprised at the outcome of all of this.

Americans are pissed

gophergirl on August 11, 2009 at 6:35 PM

Can she be my bff?

Mommypundit on August 11, 2009 at 6:36 PM

liberal343 on August 11, 2009 at 6:23 PM

Hey sport. She was on Hannity and said the nuts are attacking her already. Her reply skippy, “Bring It On”

She’s high above you in style, class and smarts.

Texyank on August 11, 2009 at 6:37 PM

You bring me a wolf sandwich and a bowl of moose stew and I’ll let you take the first pour….:)

HornetSting on August 11, 2009 at 6:32 PM

Hmmm trapped wolf or air wolf?

Bow hunt moose or 30.06 moose?

upinak on August 11, 2009 at 6:37 PM

what a joke she is

liberal343 on August 11, 2009 at 6:23 PM

If that’s all you have why don’t you just get in the corner and lick your @$$ like the rest of the mutts.

thomasaur on August 11, 2009 at 6:38 PM

Wonder where Specter got his mike holder from—Bouncers R Us?

IrishEi on August 11, 2009 at 6:39 PM

I thought she was terrific. Did you catch her saying this?

This is about the systematic dismantling of this country.

She gets it.

INC on August 11, 2009 at 6:40 PM

Obama’s arrogance is doing wonders to awaken the American public to the threat to the government take-over of every aspect of our lives.

SC.Charlie on August 11, 2009 at 6:40 PM

“never been interested in politics”

yea

thanks the problem

thanks a lot, Johnny Come Latelies

blatantblue on August 11, 2009 at 6:41 PM

what a joke she is you are

liberal343 on August 11, 2009 at 6:23 PM

Fixed

Del Dolemonte on August 11, 2009 at 6:41 PM

Famously eeyorish blogger predicts: Zzzzzz.

I’m not at all sure that’s fair to Eeyore.

tcn on August 11, 2009 at 6:42 PM

You bring me a wolf sandwich and a bowl of moose stew and I’ll let you take the first pour….:)

HornetSting on August 11, 2009 at 6:32 PM
Hmmm trapped wolf or air wolf?

Bow hunt moose or 30.06 moose?

upinak on August 11, 2009 at 6:37 PM

Airwolf, stuffed with liberal343, like a turduckin….would you call that a wolfturdin?

HornetSting on August 11, 2009 at 6:42 PM

Dorothy Rabinowitz’ words apply:

“The president has a problem. For, despite a great election victory, Mr. Obama, it becomes ever clearer, knows little about Americans. He knows the crowds—he is at home with those. He is a stranger to the country’s heart and character.”

Katy Abram is representative of the country’s heart and character.

INC on August 11, 2009 at 6:43 PM

Palin-Abram 2012

representing the

Sleeping Giant Party

eyesky on August 11, 2009 at 6:44 PM

what is happening in the news right now is that the media is waiting for some violence beyond yelling from the right…then they will briefly acknowledge the leftist crimes.
They know about the hate crime and violence…they are waiting for just the correct moment to turn it to their advantage.

tomas on August 11, 2009 at 6:44 PM

Give The One credit for doing his part to nudge us, though.

Thank you Barry, you great as*wipe.

JiangxiDad on August 11, 2009 at 6:45 PM

The left has never been asleep to wake them. They are all whine, all the time. Now that the right is being a bit of a squeaky wheel, the left whine even louder.

Monica on August 11, 2009 at 6:46 PM

What a joke Arlen Specter is. And I say that in all sincerity, as someone who regrettably voted for him in 2004.

rockmom on August 11, 2009 at 6:30 PM

I think most of us choked on our coffee when we read back in that election that Bush was campaigning for that toad (along with committed NRSC dollars). I think we’ve now learned that incumbency is no reason to support someone. See what we got in the end with that betrayer?

leftnomore on August 11, 2009 at 6:46 PM

Thank you Barry, you great as*wipe.

JiangxiDad on August 11, 2009 at 6:45 PM
He never expected to organize the Katy community. Thank-you Barry.

fourdeucer on August 11, 2009 at 6:47 PM

I kind of wish we were turning into Russia. Russia’s income tax is a flat 13%.
angryed on August 11, 2009 at 6:26 PM

In Russia the government targets journalist. In America the government and the journalist target private citizens.

Punchenko on August 11, 2009 at 6:28 PM

The KGB in Russia has been pretty effective in killing off dissidents recently.

Dasher on August 11, 2009 at 6:48 PM

Me thinks someone is jealous of this woman getting a standing ovation for her comments, from strangers, while a certain someone, probably can’t get his mommy to bring him a sandwich, when he hollars for one.

capejasmine on August 11, 2009 at 6:49 PM

In russia

everyone’s a drunk

blatantblue on August 11, 2009 at 6:49 PM

I think we will run out of money. Plain and simple these morons will bankrupt us and then it will not be a matter of discussion anymore. I think that is what has people worried. So yeah, they might wake up when they hear the word trillion often enough.

Terrye on August 11, 2009 at 6:49 PM

…I think we’ve now learned that incumbency is no reason to support someone. See what we got in the end with that betrayer?

leftnomore on August 11, 2009 at 6:46 PM

Hell in 2010. I will vote for the non-incumbent, regardless of party, just on general principle.

F15Mech on August 11, 2009 at 6:49 PM

The very problem is that now people are getting involved.

That’s the problem with the conservative movement.

We aren’t continually active.

blatantblue on August 11, 2009 at 6:49 PM

Monica on August 11, 2009 at 6:46 PM

The left stays at its optimim level. The right is just beginning to build to it’s cresendo.

HoustonRight on August 11, 2009 at 6:50 PM

tomas on August 11, 2009 at 6:44 PM

obama already unleashed his thugs in MO….SEIU…they are being charged with possible hate crimes, last I heard.

HornetSting on August 11, 2009 at 6:51 PM

Arlen Specter looks like a corpse. Either he is dead or my watch is ten years slow.

Cheshire Cat on August 11, 2009 at 6:51 PM

HornetSting on August 11, 2009 at 6:24 PM

May I say that you are on fire today? Are the trolls plucking at your last nerve?

Cindy Munford on August 11, 2009 at 6:51 PM

The left surely believed it after the anti-war movement got going and yet here we are, six years later, still with 130,000 troops in Iraq

There wasn’t quite the same grassroots anger and opposition to the war.

ddrintn on August 11, 2009 at 6:52 PM

Arlen Specter looks like a corpse. Either he is dead or my watch is ten years slow.

Cheshire Cat on August 11, 2009 at 6:51 PM

Obama had DARPA abduct him, kill him, and revive him, keeping him alive by small battery and controlled by remote device.

blatantblue on August 11, 2009 at 6:52 PM

HornetSting on August 11, 2009 at 6:24 PM
May I say that you are on fire today? Are the trolls plucking at your last nerve?

Cindy Munford on August 11, 2009 at 6:51 PM

I was on vacation last week….a lot of rage to unleash…had fun with Terry Silver….you just don’t threaten another Texan without getting the entire nest on you….I think I saw Hawk on earlier….

HornetSting on August 11, 2009 at 6:53 PM

In russia

everyone’s a drunk

blatantblue on August 11, 2009 at 6:49 PM

Got my passport and ticket at the ready. $.30 smokes and beer cheaper than water. Bliss. :)

HoustonRight on August 11, 2009 at 6:53 PM

We aren’t continually active.

blatantblue on August 11, 2009 at 6:49 PM

True. We need to stay active and involved, always mindful that evil advances when we sleep.

ROCnPhilly on August 11, 2009 at 6:53 PM

I think Republicans will make significant gains in 2010. For whatever that’s worth. But I think if it enough to reign in The Won, then we will get another term of him. Clinton all over again.

Cindy Munford on August 11, 2009 at 6:54 PM

If we can force fully qualified airline pilots to retire at the age of 60 (or whatever it is), I think we should be able to force politicians to retire, especially unqualified ones.

cannonball on August 11, 2009 at 6:54 PM

Will the right’s “sleeping giant” fully awaken before 2012 or are we doomed to a few more years of hitting the snooze button before the backlash hits full force?

Gosh, Allah, what happens if it hits in 2010? You, know there is a thing called Congress. It is a bicameral (that means two sides) legislative body. The members of one, the House of Representatives, are elected every two (2) years. The other is called The Senate, it’s members are elected for six (6) yr. terms, with 1/3 facing reelection every two (2) yrs. These elections occur in even numbered yrs. This means the entire House and 1/3 the Senate are facing reelection in 2010.

John_R on August 11, 2009 at 6:55 PM

True. We need to stay active and involved, always mindful that evil advances when we sleep.

ROCnPhilly on August 11, 2009 at 6:53 PM

Indeed

Hamlet killed that ogre

Then years later, he had to fight the dragon

evil is always on the horizon

I’m happy people are finally coming out
but frankly I’m a little irritated.

I don’t care how much people didn’t like McCain. We should have been out there just as much. Too bad people weren’t enthused. They should have been. We knew what Obama was going to do. The writing was on the wall.

blatantblue on August 11, 2009 at 6:55 PM

HornetSting on August 11, 2009 at 6:53 PM

Darn, I have probably missed him. I am heading for home now will connect again on the other side of the glorious traffic.

Cindy Munford on August 11, 2009 at 6:55 PM

Just got back from the townhall here in Lewisburg over at Bucknell. The questions (he chose the first 30 people to arrive, I left the house at 2 PM for a 3:45 townhall. It was early enough to get me in, but too late to be one of the first 30) were overwhelmingly in opposition. They didn’t ask a lot of the questions I had on my mind and many were redundant/too easy to dodge/too buzzwordy, but he did take a representative sample of the hundreds of people there (they had to send overflow to the basketball arena to watch closed circuit). I’d say the crowd was 2/3 in opposition based on the applause and standing ovations given to the questioners and the Senator. There were one man and one woman from the tea party group that were unnecessarily disruptive. I have no problem with coming to protest, but if only about 5 of the 30 questioners are in favor of the plan, we should let them at least get out what they have to say. I will say this, CNN was going up and down the line to get in and were choosing people that were obviously in favor of the plan (I saw him interview a man in an aarp t-shirt and a man in a Bruce Springsteen t-shirt). Sky News from the UK was there interviewing some protesters and Specter’s ppl kicked their crew out and made the correspondent cut his mic pack. I only saw two people in SEIU shirts (one of whom was holding signs in favor of the plan) and thankfully they didn’t get violent. Specter just spent the time lying to his constituents saying over and over again that he doesn’t support and Obama doesn’t support a plan that adds to the deficit and the public option wouldn’t do that. The highlight of the day was my Griff Jenkins spotting, although I couldn’t get close to him. DARN IT!

malan89 on August 11, 2009 at 6:55 PM

Specter is only holding this town meeting because no one in Congress talks to him anymore……………

………. He still has that look of “Wait, I’m still relevant!” on his face.

Picture him naked………

………. stumbling around the room asking for a wash cloth to cover himself.

Pathetic…….

Seven Percent Solution on August 11, 2009 at 6:56 PM

Liberal343,

Does your mommy go to her night job right about this time of day leaving you to fend for yourself, and with no other outlet for your disappointment in your life than being obnoxiously petulant on the internet? Just wondering. It’s how I picture you, anyway. Have a good night!

TWG78 on August 11, 2009 at 6:56 PM

what a joke she is

liberal343 on August 11, 2009 at 6:23 PM

I would be interested in hearing why one believes this. I won’t be holding my breath though. And it is that which leads me to wonder an even bigger question. If one shows enough interest at least to take the trouble to sign up for comments on a political website, follow specific threads, make a claim on threads, never defend claim or position; then honestly, what’s the point?

It’s quite bizarre.

anuts on August 11, 2009 at 6:57 PM

Seven Percent Solution on August 11, 2009 at 6:56 PM

You just had to give that visual right before dinner. Thx

HoustonRight on August 11, 2009 at 6:58 PM

@ Cindy Munford on August 11, 2009 at 6:54 PM
Re: Clinton again

No Perot this time though.

TWG78 on August 11, 2009 at 6:59 PM

Yes they have.

“Don’t Tread on Me” video

For the Angry mob…featuring RUSH, LEVIN, COULTER..etc

Rocks

deedtrader on August 11, 2009 at 6:23 PM

Alright, already. Enough thread hijacking, thanks.

Midas on August 11, 2009 at 6:59 PM

Yawwwwwwwn….time to get up and kick some butt.

d1carter on August 11, 2009 at 7:00 PM

That was great. I’d like to see ol’ Facelift Pelosi tell some of these people they are phonies to their face.

There should be more to come at Cardin’s event in Hagerstown, MD tomorrow at 1:00. I’ll try to find if any local TV is streaming it.

forest on August 11, 2009 at 7:01 PM

We knew what Obama was going to do. The writing was on the wall.

blatantblue on August 11, 2009 at 6:55 PM

We knew. We just didn’t know how to proceed. We have some catching up to do. We aren’t even federally funded yet (a la ACORN). We are really behind.

ROCnPhilly on August 11, 2009 at 7:02 PM

We aren’t even federally funded yet

ROCnPhilly on August 11, 2009 at 7:02 PM

Friggin hilarious

CWforFreedom on August 11, 2009 at 7:03 PM

“..Mom, why didn’t you do anything?”

These are words this poised, intelligent young lady will never, evah have to speak if she has her way! She is a real winner!

God bless her for her courage and honest speech! Sure glad she’s one of us.

VoyskaPVO on August 11, 2009 at 7:04 PM

ROCn

what is the saying about a snowball’s chance in……?

CWforFreedom on August 11, 2009 at 7:06 PM

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