Video: The Chicago Way

posted at 9:30 am on August 31, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

Via Gateway Pundit, we see the Chicago Way in action at a rally in Tucson, AZ. An Obama supporter decided to loudly interrupt a Tucson Tea Party meeting, waving a sign and shouting over the speaker at a high-school auditorium. He elbows a man who walks up to him, which gets the attention of the police:

Local TV station KGUN covers it, and has another angle with better lighting:

I’m not surprised that this man, someone named Chavez, started throwing punches, although his contention that it was “one white, angry mob in there” has to be the hypocritical quote of the day. What I did find surprising is the reaction of his victim. He had the immediate presence of mind to grab the man who charged Chavez and pull him away rather than let the event get marred with violence from the Tea Party side. Instead, the police took Chavez out of the hall. KGUN should have put him on camera instead of the thug who threw the elbow.

And perhaps Mr. Chavez inadvertently helped his opponents by getting the rally on the evening news. Politico reports that Republicans see a big opportunity in counter-town halls:

Republican challengers across the country have found a new way of capitalizing on the roiling emotions surrounding congressional health care town hall meetings.

Driven by intense voter interest in the topic, the almost-certain promise of media coverage and the opportunity to upstage incumbent Democrats, GOP candidates in state after state are holding their own health care town halls — and reveling in the subsequent publicity bonanza. …

The challenger town halls serve another important purpose by offering candidates the chance to fill the void left by incumbent Democrats who have opted against holding large-scale, in-person town halls out of fear of raucous crowds or out of a desire to talk to constituents in smaller or more controlled settings.

Adam Kinzinger, a Republican who’s running against freshman Democratic Rep. Deborah Halvorson in Illinois, held five town halls to highlight his criticism of the congresswoman’s avoidance of public health care meetings during the August recess.

Keep watching the reaction to that elbow. It appears Republicans are playing for the long game, and OFA’s thugs are playing right into their hands.

Update: The KGUN clip first identifies the elbow-thrower as Don Alvarez, then as Chavez. Don Alvarez appears to be the man interviewed inside the hall. I’ve changed the post to reflect the correction; thanks to Abby Adams in the comments for pointing it out.


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Spenol on August 31, 2009 at 11:13 AM

and becomes the new spokesperson for the conservative movement.

By the way, now I know why conservatives love guns so much.

Spenol on August 31, 2009 at 11:13 AM

You’ve become the spokesperson for bowel movements.

thomasaur on August 31, 2009 at 11:15 AM

Spenol on August 31, 2009 at 11:13 AM

You got to learn to lighten up on those elbows.

heshtesh on August 31, 2009 at 11:15 AM

I won’t be surprised if the guy who got “elbowed” shows up in a wheelchair tomorrow, and becomes the new spokesperson for the conservative movement.

By the way, now I know why conservatives love guns so much

So that elbow in someone’s face is just fine with you.. as long as a Conservative is the one being beaten? Is that what you are saying?

Noelie on August 31, 2009 at 11:22 AM

By the way, now I know why conservatives love guns so much.
Spenol on August 31, 2009 at 11:13 AM

Because it’s really hard to knock down a pheasant with a slingshot?

Bishop on August 31, 2009 at 11:28 AM

I won’t be surprised if the guy who got “elbowed” shows up in a wheelchair tomorrow, and becomes the new spokesperson for the conservative movement.

By the way, now I know why conservatives love guns so much.

Spenol on August 31, 2009 at 11:13 AM

Which union are you with?

Johan Klaus on August 31, 2009 at 11:31 AM

Democrats are using race to incite racism and violence…they should be carefull, it might work.

royzer on August 31, 2009 at 11:31 AM

Spenol on August 31, 2009 at 11:13 AM

Did you name your son che?

Johan Klaus on August 31, 2009 at 11:34 AM

By the way, now I know why conservatives love guns so much.

Spenol on August 31, 2009 at 11:13 AM

Pretty much. You want to turn this into a fight, you picked the wrong side. Be sure and tell all the SEIU thugs to check for an NRA sticker on the window before waiting outside someone’s house.

MadisonConservative on August 31, 2009 at 11:40 AM

Isnt O responsible for any violence that takes place since there was none BEFORE he called out his troops?

Shouldnt that be shouted from the rooftops every day?

billyb on August 31, 2009 at 11:43 AM

Acting intelligent and smart is above the pay grade for an Obambi paid protestor.

bluegrass on August 31, 2009 at 11:44 AM

People in Democrat rallies get arrested for a lot less than this.

drjohn on August 31, 2009 at 11:45 AM

It must be embarrassing to have a guy like Chavez represent your side of the argument. He was wanting the crowd to react to him violently and then lied about who was in the meeting.

d1carter on August 31, 2009 at 11:46 AM

“It’s an angry white mob”

The dude has no idea. None.

Don’t worry Chavez. If the Obamabots keep pushing buttons the angry white mob will appear for real and you’ll be swapping out that protest sign for a white flag.

Guardian on August 31, 2009 at 11:49 AM

I believe we can show Bambi what getting in their face is if he really wants to see it.

How bout it Jethro

bluegrass on August 31, 2009 at 11:55 AM

Well, the elbow couldn’t have hurt much… it only caused a look of mild irritation from the man that was hit… anyway, the fat man tossing it appeared way out of shape and a little light in the loafers when prancing around with his sign.

CC

CapedConservative on August 31, 2009 at 11:57 AM

I see Chavez got the race card in there real fast.

GarandFan on August 31, 2009 at 12:00 PM

Here is pictures of Virginia Beach Tea Party’s caravan of porta-potties demonstration. I heard about it on the radio and looked it up. The pictures at the end where people are dressed for cooler weather is the original tax day party.

http://www.facebook.com/photo_search.php?oid=53952661025&view=all

Cindy Munford on August 31, 2009 at 12:05 PM

Why is it that when whites gather together in a place it’s automatically a ‘racist’ gathering, but when minorities do it’s the ‘oppressed’ crying out for justice? The accusation of racism has been cheapened to meaninglessness at this point, and in the minds of people like me belie the real racism of the accuser himself.

cjk on August 31, 2009 at 12:10 PM

KGUN should have put him on camera instead of the thug who threw the elbow.

TEMS

- The Cat

MirCat on August 31, 2009 at 12:14 PM

By the way, now I know why conservatives love guns so much.

Spenol on August 31, 2009 at 11:13 AM

Pretty much. You want to turn this into a fight, you picked the wrong side. Be sure and tell all the SEIU thugs to check for an NRA sticker on the window before waiting outside someone’s house.

MadisonConservative on August 31, 2009 at 11:40 AM

I prefer not to display any stickers or provide other clues. Better they should be surprised that the intended victim isn’t as helpless as they thought.

novaculus on August 31, 2009 at 12:14 PM

So much for the angry mob meme.

That guy knew he wasn’t going to get his ass kicked in there because he knew the room was full of normal decent people who wouldn’t beat him up no matter how obnoxious he was.

forest on August 31, 2009 at 12:16 PM

Sooo… this guy just got away with assault because he is a leftist loon? Why do laws not apply to these idiots?

But anybody who verbally disagrees with Obama is a racist?

tetriskid on August 31, 2009 at 12:17 PM

Spenol on August 31, 2009 at 11:13 AM
Which union are you with?
Johan Klaus on August 31, 2009 at 11:31 AM

Spenol’s with the European Union. He lives in Norway.

kingsjester on August 31, 2009 at 12:19 PM

I won’t be surprised if the guy who got “elbowed” shows up in a wheelchair tomorrow, and becomes the new spokesperson for the conservative movement.

By the way, now I know why conservatives love guns so much.

Spenol on August 31, 2009 at 11:13 AM

Spenol is a one man Brain Trust.

MCGIRV on August 31, 2009 at 12:23 PM

Homo, plain and simple.

Watch him saunter down the aisle waiving his sign like a “The Price is Right” chick.

I would have stood on his throat and ……..

omnipotent on August 31, 2009 at 12:24 PM

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Spenol on August 31, 2009 at 11:13 AM

Good. I was getting little nanoparticles of retard in my eyes from lloking at the idiot’s post.
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RJGatorEsq. on August 31, 2009 at 12:43 PM

I hope someone charges this thug with assault.

Kini on August 31, 2009 at 1:17 PM

If on of the Tea party supporters assaulted him they would have been in GitMo for decades. Ok maybe over the top but he should have gone to jail for assault not allowed to spread propoganda as the reporter stated.

mullethead on August 31, 2009 at 2:06 PM

hot-button issue?

you don’t say…

Black Adam on August 31, 2009 at 2:22 PM

HEY! Don’t you have a bus to catch?

pjean on August 31, 2009 at 2:22 PM

“one white, angry mob in there”

I do not think those words mean what he thinks they mean…

jana on August 31, 2009 at 2:30 PM

The real truth here is that this person has every as did everyone else, but he was intrusive and out of order. And, the person if he files charges he would be demonized by the Liberal Media and be accused of a racist and his life would be destroyed at the hands of the so called party that is for the little people..what a joke! What everyone could of done with his grandstanding would be to stop the entire process and let him have the floor and ask him questions and then see how long he would last. I always say kill em’with kindness it works most everytime! They don’t know what to do, let alone how to think, and God forbid if they had to have a conversation! LOL!

peoriaindian on August 31, 2009 at 2:37 PM

Barry’s Union Brownshirts throwing elbows at Mom and Pop small business. Who did Barry and his Congressional Thugs give the Bailout to?

lasertex on August 31, 2009 at 3:05 PM

This is so reminisent of the 2000 election in Florida. My wife and i were at the rallys for Bush. During the recount. The Dems time and time again tried to start something marching through the Bush supports. The Police were glad we did not pay them much notice. Then they had thier little corner holding there signs literaly squeaking gore gore. it was a laugh. While our numbers were greater most everyone enjoyed a picnic of hamburgers and hot dogs. Being very loud in their support and drownding out the the other side. then the news said we were confrontational. Makes for good ratings!

tengger on August 31, 2009 at 4:14 PM

Where can I place my bet that someone will finally lose their life on 9/12? What is the world is holding everybody back ???

CEA_Agent on August 31, 2009 at 5:06 PM

That’s my district…home of the 2.2% home value. Go Adam! Debbie has been no where to been seen.

WashJeff on August 31, 2009 at 10:01 AM

Being an Lnoi Boi (lived there the first 29 yrs of my life, all my fam. still lives there) I had to checkout Adam Kinzinger and ran a search on him.

Dude!

davidk on August 31, 2009 at 6:00 PM

OBAMA THE GREAT UNITER
UNTIER
tessa on August 31, 2009 at 9:51 AM

Fixed.

landlines on August 31, 2009 at 6:54 PM

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