Quote of the Day

Rock the boat early. “Watch for an opportunity to yell out and challenge the Rep’s statements early. If he blames Bush for something or offers other excuses — call him on it, yell back and have someone else follow-up with a shout-out. Don’t carryon and make a scene – just short intermittent shout outs.

–Bob MacGuffie, a Connecticut man who has created a playbook for right-wing activists to disrupt town halls on health care.

Is this a legitimate way to make a point? Or is it just rude and obnoxious behavior?

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61 responses to “Quote of the Day

  1. I agree that this behavior is rude and obnoxious, just as the behavior of some liberals during the previous Administration was rude and obnoxious.

    When Republicans grumbled about civility at that time, however, they were generally shouted down.

    We should hope to make a new beginning based on mutual respect now – not return the favor.

  2. This reminds me of the 2006 debate held in New London between Lieberman, Lamont and Schlesinger. There was a group of jerks (LaRouche people, I believe) who stood up to bellow out an insulting song to Lieberman while he was trying to speak, and would not stop despite the crowd’s urging.

    Schlesinger sprang from his seat, furious, and demanded that they show a little respect. The whole audience cheered, and the agitators were led out. He was absolutely right, too. There’s just no excuse for that kind of immature behavior, from anyone.

  3. Schlesinger sprang from his seat, furious, and demanded that they show a little respect. The whole audience cheered, and the agitators were led out. He was absolutely right, too. There’s just no excuse for that kind of immature behavior, from anyone.

    Indeed. I was there and it was disrespectful and offensive to the Senator. Repeating those sins shouldn’t be forgiven, any more than the original sin should be.

  4. AndersonScooper

    Heath, why is your GOP Party chair encouraging the wing-nuts and their incivility?

    Do you think it’s cool to ruin a public forum by literally shouting down a United States congressman?

    Instead of trying to create a false equivalency with ACT UP or Code Pink, your side should be preaching restraint and respect for the democratic process.

    Maybe Republicans don’t want a real health care debate. But as an American, you should be bothered by the brown-shirt tactics being employed. “Recess Roastings”? For shame…

  5. Repeating those sins shouldn’t be forgiven, any more than the original sin should be.

    Tell that to the chairman of your party, who just today defended these tactics and encouraged Connecticut Republicans to continue using them.

  6. Tell that to the chairman of your party, who just today defended these tactics and encouraged Connecticut Republicans to continue using them.

    I’ve got the luxury of encouraging civility and turning the other cheek.

    The Chairman, on the other hand, is the leader of a Party that suffered constantly from expressions of incivility and other foolishness for eight long years during the previous Administration. Also don’t forget that this is the Chairman whose mother was hit with diluted bleach during the 2008 Republican National Convention.

    Given that context, I’m not surprised that Healy cries havoc and lets slip the dogs of war.

    As a matter of fact, I first got involved in CT politics because I heard about the UCONN Homecoming Parade in 2002, where some fellow UCONN students felt it necessary to hurl hatred at a U.S. Congressman during a celebration – being disruptive, spewing bile, and slandering the Congressman with barbs like “war criminal”.

    Unless there is a willingness to apologize for those sins, and the near-decade of ones like them, then its hard for most folks to be as magnanimous as I am willing to be.

  7. The Chairman, on the other hand, is the leader of a Party that suffered constantly from expressions of incivility and other foolishness for eight long years during the previous Administration. Given that context, I’m not surprised that Healy cries havoc and lets slip the dogs of war.

    …And before that, there was the Clinton years. Before that, Reagan and Bush I, and before that Carter. Every cycle since Nixon, it’s been getting worse.

    At some point it needs to end.

  8. Maybe Republicans don’t want a real health care debate. But as an American, you should be bothered by the brown-shirt tactics being employed. “Recess Roastings”? For shame…

    This from someone who represents those that spewed:
    BusHitler, Rethuglicans

    Sees nothing “wrong” with those that cozy up to and champion foreign dictators and despots?

    But you’re 100% correct none-the-less!

    Heck, I’d much prefer death to be caught acting like a Democrat.

  9. wtfdnucsailor

    This may backfire on the Rs. Shouting down the debate rather than countering with reasons to say NO or offering a counter proposal will turn off most sensible folks. I doubt that the turn off will make it any easier for the DEMS when they return to DC after the recess but it may bolster some of thw waivers.

  10. The Chairman, on the other hand, is the leader of a Party that suffered constantly from expressions of incivility and other foolishness for eight long years during the previous Administration. Also don’t forget that this is the Chairman whose mother was hit with diluted bleach during the 2008 Republican National Convention.

    It’s to Healy’s credit that the perps remain among the living even now for had it been the mother of someone less tolerant
    …………………………………………………………………………………………………………….
    …………………… well these things happen.

  11. AndersonScooper

    Given that context, I’m not surprised that Healy cries havoc and lets slip the dogs of war.

    Look, there is a big between a couple of nuts acting out, and a coordinated effort to disrupt or even shut down a public forum.

    Let the baseof the GOP put forward whatever messaging they want. (I don’t have a problem with those crying “Communist!” and “Socialism!” That’s their right in a free country.

    But let’s acknowledge that there is a huge difference between counter-messaging, and infringing on the rights of others by being purposefully unruly.

  12. “I am sick and tired of people who say that if you debate and you disagree with this administration you’re not patriotic. We should stand up and say, ‘We are Americans and we have a right to debate and disagree with any administration!'”

    – Hillary Clinton, April 28, 2003

  13. The Chairman, on the other hand, is the leader of a Party that suffered constantly from expressions of incivility and other foolishness for eight long years during the previous Administration. Also don’t forget that this is the Chairman whose mother was hit with diluted bleach during the 2008 Republican National Convention.

    I forgot about the bleaching. Imagine if a Democrat had been hit by bleach? It would have been elevated to a hate crime, and talk about a “teachable moment.”

  14. AndersonScooper

    And ACR you might ponder the difference between our parties.

    Democrats were incensed by an unnecessary war and a bungled occupation.

    Republicans, otoh, are doing everything they can to make sure affordable health care doesn’t become the right of every American.

    God Bless!

  15. But let’s acknowledge that there is a huge difference between counter-messaging, and infringing on the rights of others by being purposefully unruly.

    This from a guy with a giant paper-mache in the back of a pickup truck?

    Further, if the “demonstrators” are planted as part of some secret plan; why does the entire room (in one video after after another) stand up cheering?

    Methinks thou dost protest too much.

    It appears to me that indeed it is some secret “plan” to discredit the public at large via a concerted effort to misrepresent the man on the street as part of some organized GOP opposition.

    Republicans aren’t inclined to protest.
    Most of us have never carried a sign on a stick in our lives and have no intention of doing so.
    Shouting out of turn at any sort of public meeting?
    Republicans???
    Not likely.

  16. Republicans, otoh, are doing everything they can to make sure affordable health care doesn’t become the right of every American.

    No you’re not – if that were true there would have been some malpractice caps brought up long ago.

    It’s about control and nothing else.

  17. I forgot about the bleaching. Imagine if a Democrat had been hit by bleach? It would have been elevated to a hate crime, and talk about a “teachable moment.”

    I haven’t forgotten as I was about 5 feet away when it happened.

    If the bleach had hit a 70 year old Democrat instead of Republican, its likely I’d still be sitting through deposition after deposition.

    The reality? I’ve never talked to a single police officer or any other officer of the court over the issue.

  18. Democrats were incensed by an unnecessary war and a bungled occupation.

    Only because so many secretly longed for the total annihilation of Israel.

    Makes sense considering the left’s stances on gun control and smoking.

  19. AndersonScooper

    This is the type of headline Healy, Heath and ACR are hoping for.

    “Shouting overwhelms Rep. Steve Kagen forum on health care”

    The vast majority of people attending the event appeared to come in protest of the health-care legislation, and they repeatedly disrupted the event by shouting.

    The crowd’s size and vocal frustration grabbed the attention of Green Bay police, who arrived soon after the event began to keep the peace. Capt. Rick Demro said no one was arrested.

    Kagen never battled the crowd’s volume, but voiced his concerns several times about its attitude.

    “You can talk, but I can’t listen to 100 people at the same time,” he said. “This is not a shouting contest. This should be a discussion.”

    If the event were a shouting match, the mob won. Kagen tried talking about the health-care bill, but the roaring chants deafened his attempts. Several elderly people covered their ears and grimaced at the level of noise.

  20. This is the type of headline Healy, Heath and ACR are hoping for.

    Not really; there’s no mention of tar or feathers or anything.

  21. Scooper – where’s the malpractice caps?

    Why no mention of catastrophic coverage?

    How can you consider any sort of reform that fails to include either and increases our taxes (if we’ve been spending too much as the Dems claim for years and years, why a tax hike to pay for it?)

    What about health-care rationing that will most surely occur?

    Once again – you’re so clearly in the know where’s the malpractice caps?

    The public and doctors should suffer but trial lawyers should prosper, is that it?

  22. Q: How did Obama’s Afghanistan troop surge work?

    A: July was by far the deadliest month yet for US troops.

    So much for all that Hope and Change.

  23. Shouting to drown out the elected reps is obnoxious and inappropriate. Besides, what’s one trillion dollars when Bernanke printed $2.2 trillion for his buddies? $1 trillion is nothing. Benny could print that up in a few hours probably. Then there’s the $8 trillion in “guarantees” that he and Taxman Tim issued.

    Personally, I take a different approach to holding elected officials accountable. For instance, I wrote another piece for Genghis asking Senator Dodd “Have you gotten the names of those banks yet?” (Recall that on May 6 he promised Jane Hamsher that he would ask for them.) I think it’s respectful, yet makes a point.

  24. Yeah… for all the libs here who hated Bush’s wars… just curious… what is Obama’s plan to win in Afghanistan? That’s a serious question. He’s upping the ante. The least he could do is provide a plan, rather than pull an LBJ.

    I realize Afghanistan is complicated. But we either have an empire – Germany, Korea, Afganistan, Iraq, etc. – or we do not. And oh yeah… we’re broke.

    I still think the only viable long-term solution is Ron Paul’s.

  25. …And before that, there was the Clinton years. Before that, Reagan and Bush I, and before that Carter. Every cycle since Nixon, it’s been getting worse.

    ah yes… remembering the good ole days of civility:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexander_hamilton#Duel_with_Aaron_Burr_and_death

    and the Civil War caning incident…

  26. AndersonScooper

    ACR–

    I’m not entirely opposed to malpractice caps. Maybe if you’re side decided to get constructive and help pass health care reform, something would happen along those fronts. (Right now it just seems to be a partisan attempt to deny Obama a successful initiative.)

    In terms of increasing our taxes, you pretend we aren’t already bearing the costs of the uninsured. Plus shifting the burden of health insurance away from industry would be a boon to American competitiveness.

    Also, I’m not sure what you mean by health-care rationing, but this already goes on. Do you really trust your insurance company not to try and make money by denying you a procedure?

    Anyway, it’d be great if we could approach this issue free from partisan politics. But your side, (and the insurance lobby), is intent on making sure that doesn’t happen.

  27. Definitely disappointed at the tone of attack put forward by supposed Republican helpers.
    We certainly do not need to be disruptive;
    just ask our thoughtful questions and that should send our rep. a strong message that there are issues the people he represents know are not supportable of this plan.

    We do not want to pay huge amounts more in taxes for less access to care.
    and we do not want private companies put out of business by a government agency with less overhead costs.
    The insurance business employs thousands, and pays taxes, as do the employees. Where is the incentive to invent new products and new treatments in a govt owned system?

    We can not pay for these changes right now without bankrupting the USA.

    One improvement idea:
    Let’s get those who sue and lose pay the fees.
    That will cut back hugely on malpractice costs.

    Now the post office is in trouble. Another govt agency that can not survive a test of time.

    Congressmen are supposed to represent citizens in the district.
    Act without that mandate and you will be replaced.

    I do not see that we who feel the need to protest are organized by anyone.
    It is grassroots outrage by those who fund government. If you feel it must be organized from the outside to be so big, you are not reading the public well.

  28. Scooper, I don’t want government controlled healthcare and neither do the majoriity of Americans. Democrats are completely tone deaf and continue to try and shove it down our throats. 2010 will be a huge victory for Republicans as people learn how dangerous Obama and the far left really are.

    Those sinking poll numbers are a warning sign to your party but they apparently are not listening.

  29. pufnstuf do you oppose medicaid and medicare? And would you advise your elderly relatives to abandon those socialist programs for the private sector?

  30. Ghengis, you really need to take the “s – o – c- list” word off your watchlist for moderation. I just used it in an honest, non- ad-hominen way and I got moderated. The censoring of a word that defines a political theory on a political website is absurd and it only emboldens those who think there is some huge conspiracy against them.

  31. AndersonScooper

    Puf-

    What do you mean by “government-controlled health care”? I mean is Medicaid that awful? (Sure my grandparents paid for supplemental, but I never heard them gripe about Medicaire for the 20yr plus years they were on it.)

    Me, I’d be much happier buying into Medicaire than hoping my insurance company doesn’t screw with me. But I have no problem if you want to continue trusting yours.

    Portability, affordability, and basic access remain huge concerns for so many in my community.

    And if you’re so worried about costs, I have one question for you. Right now who pays for all the uninsurdd people clogging our ER’s?

  32. Ghengis, you really need to take the “s – o – c- list” word off your watchlist for moderation. I just used it in an honest, non- ad-hominen way and I got moderated. The censoring of a word that defines a political theory on a political website is absurd and it only emboldens those who think there is some huge conspiracy against them.

    I actually have no idea why that word leads to moderation. It isn’t on the list of words I created (which has things like the names of certain drugs, used to thwart spammers) that make a comment go to moderation. It may be a feature of the theme, which is weird.

    I’m not expending any energy on fixing it, though, because it’s honestly a lot of fun to see people who call other people socialists on blogs froth at the mouth and develop intricate conspiracy theories to explain it.

  33. 4real & scooper….I don’t oppose medicaid or medicare but I can tell you, I don’t want it. Many of the good Doctors will not accept medicaid or medicare patients and I don’t want my Doctors limited. Also, many seniors on medicare know they need to buy a supplemental insurance.

    And, with 50 million uninsured people that will jump into the same line , it will be more difficult for productive Americans like myself to get quality healthcare.

    Sociali*m is not for me…..I just wanted to say that! :=)

  34. 4real & scooper….I don’t oppose medicaid or medicare but I can tell you, I don’t want it.

    When you don’t need it, you don’t want it, fine.

    Bottom line is, those who are on it, can’t get privately insured for the most part due to pre-existing conditions. I don’t know how old you are puf, but ask your granny (if still alive, or another elderly relative) to try and grab a private policy at that point in their lives after they have left their jobs. They can’t (unless they’re loaded). Fact.

  35. I’m not expending any energy on fixing it, though, because it’s honestly a lot of fun to see people who call other people s0c1al1sts on blogs froth at the mouth and develop intricate conspiracy theories to explain it.

    hahaha… (changed the O to zero and the “I” to a one… let’s see if i get moderated…)

  36. yup… no moderation using a zero and two ones to spew the venom!

  37. The Chairman, on the other hand, is the leader of a Party that suffered constantly from expressions of incivility and other foolishness for eight long years during the previous Administration. Also don’t forget that this is the Chairman whose mother was hit with diluted bleach during the 2008 Republican National Convention. Given that context, I’m not surprised that Healy cries havoc and lets slip the dogs of war.

    If you’re not surprised by it, and you’re not condemning it, then you are shamefully excusing it and endorsing it.

    And you, your party, and your Chairman will own any and all consequences of these now officially Republican Party-sanctioned efforts to forcibly to shut down open democratic debate between constituents and their representatives.

  38. If you’re not surprised by it, and you’re not condemning it, then you are shamefully excusing it and endorsing it.

    See my very first comment on this thread, in which I said:

    I agree that this behavior is rude and obnoxious, just as the behavior of some liberals during the previous Administration was rude and obnoxious.

    Seems like my position on the issue is quite clear.

    Further in the thread, I said that I’m not surprised – and I’m not. These are the same tactics that your party used endlessly during the previous eight years. Where was the shame then?

  39. AndersonScooper said:

    Heath, why is your GOP Party chair encouraging the wing-nuts and their incivility?

    tparty said:

    Tell that to the chairman of your party, who just today defended these tactics and encouraged Connecticut Republicans to continue using them.

    How do you get *that* out of this:

    “When everyday citizens, most of them who have never been politically active, indicate that they are going to take to streets and shout “enough!” It is somehow un-Democratic”

    Especially considering Healy also sent out an email yesterday in refernce to the Courant article and his remarks there that said:

    “We need to convey to all our people to be active and assertive, but not come off as rude or mob-like…”

    You both have come in here posting mis-truths regarding the actions and intentions of Chairman Healy, the Republican Party and posters in here; *and* you know it.

    The fact is the public is spontaneously appearing at town hall and other meetings coast to coast with a singular message; “READ THE BILL ”

    Yet so as to divert this very real opposition the Democratic Party and it’s operatives are painting those opposed to their sacred little plan as organized by the other party when that’s clearly not the case.

    Get it straight, we can’t control the tea party people, or any other angry mob – it’s too much like herding cats.

    Not that a few w/in the party haven’t given it a shot; but the odds of successfully organizing a group that today is PO’d as all get out, but where I’d bet half failed to vote last November; is slim to say the least.
    By next November most of them will have gotten bored and wandered off.

    Angry mobs are just that.
    I recall 25 or 30 that opposed to an energy plant that had a hearing in front of the ZBA.
    They presented a petition.
    Less than half were registered to vote at all, and only 3 had voted in the most recent local election; most hadn’t voted at all in over 10 years.

    Don’t blame the Republican Party for the actions of people like that.

  40. But Scoop and all other former members of the SDA, like Mr. Rubenstein, don’t worry the Obama administration just put the call out for all you socialists to report dissent, I guess free speech is outlawed now…

    http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/08/citizen_informants.html

    From the Government Website yesterday…

    “There is a lot of disinformation about health insurance reform out there, spanning from control of personal finances to the end of life care. These rumors often travel just below the surface via chain emails or through casual conversation. Since we can’t keep track of all of them here at the White House, we’re asking for your help. If you get an email or see something on the web about health insurance reform that seems fishy, send it to flag@whitehouse.gov.”

    Great, now we have to worry about smarmy little web nerds reporting disagreements with anything “The One” is proposing to cram down our throats. What a bunch of cry babies. Sual Alinsky’s “Riules for Radicals” is being used on them and they don’t like it, go figure!

  41. Seems like my position on the issue is quite clear.

    One would have thought so, except that you just pointedly refused to criticize the Chairman of the Republican Party for condoning and encouraging Republican mobs to shut down town halls, and then attempted to excuse his actions.

  42. And why are the Democrats complaining about people expressing themselves, it’s not like there was any coordination by Alaska Democrats and the Obama Administration in all those fake ethics complaints against Palin… or was there?

    Great Video by Naked Emporer

    (I bet Scoop won’t make it through this whole video)

  43. tparty, you really need to rethink your handle. It might be misconstrued in this charged atmosphere. 🙂

  44. It’s a shame, but we can’t hold a candle to the thugs from ACORN.

    As for nastiness, yelling at a town hall meeting because you disagree with something is a far cry from calling Bush Hitler and calling Palin’s child a slut.

  45. Maybe if you’re side decided to get constructive and help pass health care reform, something would happen along those fronts.

    We’ve heard that con before and aren’t going for it.

    START with malpractice caps; add some sort of catastrophic coverage so families aren’t liable for anything over say $5,000 so people aren’t filing bankruptcy and yanking their children out of college etc. because their dad fell off a ladder, or came down with cancer and died in 3 weeks flat after running up a half million dollar bill – *then* re-survey the landscape so the poorest among us don’t fall through some crack.

    THAT would be logical and wouldn’t bankrupt the entire nation.

    Further, it would have to reduce the premiums our employers pay in our behalf thus reducing their overhead making them more competitive in a global market thus saving jobs.

    Of course all of that might make sense – so naturally no one would consider anything like it.

  46. And let’s not forget all those “Code Pink” wackos that expressed their opinions…. They didn’t interupt anybody, yeah right.

    http://gatewaypundit.blogspot.com/search?q=code+pink

  47. tparty….So if “Republican mobs” disagree with the President destroying our country, they are supposed to just remain silent?

  48. Another great video from Andrew Klavan in regards to dissent. If you disagree with the new Administration, their response is just basically “Shut Up”…

  49. One would have thought so, except that you just pointedly refused to criticize the Chairman of the Republican Party for condoning and encouraging Republican mobs to shut down town halls, and then attempted to excuse his actions.

    Once again you choose to ignore factual statements and falsely reinterpret Healy’s quotes to your own perverse use.

    What part of: “We need to convey to all our people to be active and assertive, but not come off as rude or mob-like…” seems to be confusing you?

    Operators are waiting for your call we can help.

    Call the:
    I can’t understand English and make an ass out myself online
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    772 257-4498

  50. Let’s listen to what Hillary Clinton says about the right to disagree with the administration. Obviously, this only applies when Republicans are “the administration”.

  51. And then of course, Healy has not yet decended to this level: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O-1w7wX63U0&feature=related

  52. And then of course, Healy has not yet decended to this level:

    Uh…how ’bout an NSFW tag on your little “Republican p0rn” clip? You might get some taxpayers fired, forcing them to take advantage of our socialist system.

  53. Has someone sent all these comments to the White House yet, because they want them.

    “There is a lot of disinformation about health insurance reform out there, spanning from control of personal finances to end of life care. These rumors often travel just below the surface via chain emails or through casual conversation. Since we can’t keep track of all of them here at the White House, we’re asking for your help. If you get an email or see something on the web about health insurance reform that seems fishy, send it to flag@whitehouse.gov.”

    Since the White House can’t keep track of everything that everyone is saying, they need your help! Please help the administration by reporting any blog posts or emails!

    Next, we’re going to work hard so that white house can indeed keep track of them all! Hope and Change!

  54. disgruntled_republican

    Anyway, it’d be great if we could approach this issue free from partisan politics.

    And please consider the following comments from me to be just that…

    (Right now it just seems to be a partisan attempt to deny Obama a successful initiative.)

    I would argue that the Administration seems intent on steamrolling the Republicans, and some fellow Democrats, on this if need be, regardless of what they have to say and what it has to do with the discussion.

    The problem that I have with this, aside from the obvious that it is flat out wrong – regardless of what party affiliation occupies the White House, is that I think it is clear that both parties agree that something is broken and needs to be fixed. I think it is equally clear that the vast majority of Americans don’t like what the President has cooking.

    So, why not have a realistic, constructive debate of what is wrong, at its very core, and work TOGETHER to find a realistic solution? I know, I know. I am constantly told that it only going to happen in my dream world but can’t it happen? Why shouldn’t we expect that from our LEADERS who are paid quite well to represent all of us?

    And if you thought it was wrong when the Republicans did this very thing to the Democrats, why do you accept it as OK when the Democrats do it to the Republicans? Because it is an issue you care about? BULLSCH!

    In terms of increasing our taxes, you pretend we aren’t already bearing the costs of the uninsured.

    No no, quite the opposite I think we all realize that we are. That would be why we would appreciate an explanation on the tax increases?

  55. One would have thought so, except that you just pointedly refused to criticize the Chairman of the Republican Party for condoning and encouraging Republican mobs to shut down town halls, and then attempted to excuse his actions.

    How many times did you criticize the lefties that disrupted public events and generally behaved like fools over the last eight years?

    Lord knows that if anyone mentions Joe Lieberman around here, some folks still froth at the mouth like a Pavlovian dog.

    Until people come clean about the way they behaved in the past, they have no standing to criticize other people for the same behavior.

  56. How many times did you criticize the lefties that disrupted public events and generally behaved like fools over the last eight years?

    Ah, no. I have dozens of video clips of Lieberman appearances, where he is allowed to talk, ya know, like a REAL PERSON, and then asked questions, ya know, sort of like A DIALOG.

    Parking a paper mache caricature outside his appearances and asking him uncomfortable questions is part of a civil discourse. I always let him talk, and Chris Shays, too. I can’t help if they didn’t like my questions. I always used the proper titles when addressing our junior senator.

    Drowning him out by chanting and intimidating everyone who attends and actually wants to LEARN SOMETHING is an affront to civil rights and an abuse of free speech.

    Besides, the worst argument in the world for bad behavior is “you guys were doing it first!”

    Oh, and my previous comment about your video is stuck in moderation. How about tagging it with a statement that it’s not work appropriate? I’d hate for you to get some innocent taxpayers fired from their jobs!

  57. One would have thought so, except that you just pointedly refused to criticize the Chairman of the Republican Party for condoning and encouraging Republican mobs to shut down town halls, and then attempted to excuse his actions.

    You and Pooper have no standing to criticize anything because we ALL KNOW that if you substitute Democrat or liberal for the words Republican or conservative, you’d be defending the very same behavior as “people powered protesting” or some other crap.

  58. How many times did you criticize the lefties that disrupted public events and generally behaved like fools over the last eight years?

    I actually personally “escorted” a couple of LaRouchite protesters sitting in front of me out of one of the Lamont-Lieberman debates in fall 2006.

  59. Until people come clean about the way they behaved in the past, they have no standing to criticize other people for the same behavior.

    That’s quite an assertion — do you have anything to back it up?

  60. AndersonScooper

    There is no equivalency between a handful of rogue Lefties getting tossed out of political events during the Bush error, and the CT GOP Chairman actively encouraging people to attend and disrupt public forums and town hall meetings.

    And yes, you should use our behavior during the Lamont-Lieberman battles as an example. I personally attended 15+ Lieberman events, and while I made a point of getting our message out to the press, I never did anything disruptive, nor did any of my colleagues.

    Sure, we could have easily pulled a stunt like the Lieberkidz did at Ted’s Cheeseburgers, except that we believed in the democratic process, and we did not want to infringe upon the rights of others.

    My question is why does the GOP want to unleash their thugs? Are their ideas that bankrupt?

  61. “I need you to go out and talk to your friends and talk to your neighbors. I want you to talk to them whether they are independent or whether they are Republican. I want you to argue with them and get in their face.”….That’s what Obama said last year and no one had problem with that…now you have people doing it and because you libs don’t agree with them you cry like little babies. It’s hilarious!!! Whaaa!!!…whaaaa!!!! WHAAAAA!!!!!!

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