Video: Texas Dem blows up when challenged on ObamaCare

posted at 12:15 pm on July 12, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

How testy are Democrats going home from Congress to campaign in their districts? If this video of Rep. Ciro Rodriguez (D-TX) gives any indication, it may be the incumbents who are powder kegs and not their constituents. Last year, Democrats claimed that they couldn’t hold town hall meetings because of worries over potential violence from opposition to ObamaCare. The Texas Democrat seems to demonstrate that Democrats may have had a slight case of projection:

Mike Flynn at Big Government boils it down to its essence:

Rep. Rodriguez is an elected official with a duty to represent his constituents in Congress, no matter their political persuasion, and, he volunteered and asked for this job. He wasn’t ordered into this position by some judge, as some kind of sentence. He wants this job. It is a bit stunning that, at the first sign of criticism, he loses his temper so quickly. A confident politician would have been able to field this question.

When called out on it, ought to have been able to field the questions in a manner that didn’t resort to threats and a violent outburst. That he couldn’t tells you all you need to know about the political landscape today.

My friends, there is only one word to describe what you see in this video: PANIC.

Furthermore, this looks like a premeditated outburst.  For a year, Democrats have offered one false set of numbers after another on ObamaCare, as exemplified yet again last week by the IRS admission that they don’t have the resources to enforce the insurance mandate — and Democrats’ admission that they don’t know what the IRS needs to do it.  Certainly Rodriguez would have known that constituents would challenge his numbers when meeting with them, especially if he planned on rationalizing his support on CBO projections for health-care spending without ObamaCare.  Slamming the newspaper down in front of the constituent looks like a planned bit of theater that Rodriguez intended to boost his testicular quotient among the base; it’s likely to backfire instead.

To Rodriguez’ point, though, perhaps he should recheck his numbers with the CBO before citing them as an authority.  They have already dismantled his argument that ObamaCare saves money over the long term.

If you’re in TX-23, Rodriguez’ district, there is hope.  Francisco Canseco will challenge the incumbent in November, so perhaps it’s time to get to know him.


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When called out on it, ought to have been able to field the questions in a manner that didn’t resort to threats and a violent outburst. That he couldn’t tells you all you need to know about the political landscape today.

At the risk of quoting Al Gore:

“When you have the facts on your side, argue the facts. When you have the law on your side, argue the law. When you have neither, holler.”

Al Gore

Looks like a whole lotta hollering gonna be going on here.

DSchoen on July 12, 2010 at 4:28 PM

The Texas Democrat seems to demonstrate that Democrats may have had a slight case of prorejection

chickasaw42 on July 12, 2010 at 4:58 PM

Satan himself could run as a democrat in the 23rd district and he’d beat any republican.

Labamigo on July 12, 2010 at 5:55 PM

Ciro is running scared! Now he is hosting a “tele-townhall” tomorrow evening. The topic is “Fiscal Responsibility”. Imagine that? A democrat suddenly in favor of fiscal responsibility!!

Anyhow, the “tele-townhall” is scheduled for Tuesday, June 13th at 7:30 p.m. Central Time/6:30 p.m. Mountain Time. The call will last about an hour. The dial-in phone number to participate is (877) 229-8493, Pass code: 13535.

glennbo on July 12, 2010 at 6:49 PM

Come on Texas-23, since our tax dollars are paying a Congressional salary of $174,000 per year plus very generous benefits, you should be able to hire a Representative with more professional communication skills.

http://usgovinfo.about.com/od/uscongress/a/congresspay.htm

Vote Ciro Rodriguez OUT OF OFFICE in November!

wren on July 12, 2010 at 7:28 PM

I seem to be the only one who feels this way on this one, but I give this one a big “meh.” It’s infuriating to have someone interrupt you mid-sentence and remind you to “tell the truth” before you even get your full point out. He snaps a newspaper, true, but he didn’t seem to snaps it on the tabletop, not at anyone. It’s a display of anger, but it’s not another Etheridge video.

Chuckles3 on July 12, 2010 at 7:54 PM

I like the old guy behind him… He shifts to a position that makes me think he’s going to go for a tackle to protect the woman if Mr. Outrage touches her… Sweeeeeeeet!

RalphyBoy on July 12, 2010 at 9:35 PM

I don’t know Chuckles, I’m thinkin’ Arlen Spector.

humdinger on July 12, 2010 at 10:08 PM

I sure in the hell wish some one would put these damn public “servants” in their place. He needs an ass beating. He was trying to intimidate these people, some one should have told him, hey Richard Cranium, you work for US, NOT the other way around.

ColdWarrior57 on July 13, 2010 at 10:47 AM

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