The bizarre Democrat reaction to their own constituents — the ones they invited to Congressional town hall meetings — morphed yesterday from the realm of the strange into the far reaches of the Twilight Zone. Average, everyday Americans are showing up at Democrat Congressional town hall events across the country to voice their frustration with the far left liberal agenda being stampeded through Congress by the Democrat majority.
Mostly comprised of seniors and veterans, these large crowds at the town hall meetings are actually reading the healthcare bill and asking the tough questions. Democrats are stunned that these Americans are angry about being lied to about the government takeover of healthcare.
The growing majority of Americans — at this point 52% now oppose ObamaCare — are under full frontal assault from the White House, the Democrat Congressional leadership and the Democratic National Committee (DNC). They’re being called everything from angry mobs, phonies, right wing extremists and Astroturf, meaning they’re not really grassroots Americans at the town hall meetings but they’re being bussed in and paid like ACORN members. I suppose in Obamaland these days, a legitimate American protester has to be funded by a Hungarian billionaire.
The DNC released an ad yesterday attacking town hall attendees as angry mobs, giving out the Republican National Committee (RNC) phone number to call and complain. The RNC responded by including on their main phone menu an option to press one to voice concerns about issues raised in the DNC ad — which then forwarded the calls to the DNC switchboard.
The winner of clueless statement of the day yesterday, Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Ca.), actually said the people attending these town halls were too well dressed to be legitimate. Go figure. She’s from ritzy Marin County.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Ca.) accused these average, everyday Americans of being crazy, fanatical, swastika-wearing frauds. That’ll go over big with voters.
The President yesterday accused the town hall attendees of “manufactured outrage.” On the White House website the administration put together a KGB-style operation asking people to forward emails they may get “about health insurance reform that seems fishy.”
Fishy? If I were paranoid I’d think they were compiling an enemies list.
Apparently still unable to transition from campaign mode to governance, Obama fell back yesterday on the one thing he really knows: community organizing. He sent out an email to his myrmidons attempting to drum up fake, Astroturf support for his government takeover of healthcare. Obama looked a great deal like Al Gore calling the AFL-CIO begging for a rent-a-mob at the Vice President’s mansion in the wake of the 2000 elections.
“This is the moment our movement was built for,” Obama said in his mass e-mail marching orders.
And if all that wasn’t yet statist enough, former Clinton administration hack Lanny Davis harkened back to the days of Clinton White House FBI files and IRS audits of their enemies. Davis demanded yesterday that protesters be photographed and investigated. The next thing you know, some unidentified White House staffer will hire back Craig Livingstone.
I spoke with National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman, Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), yesterday and asked for his reaction to the DNC attacks on town hall attendees.
“I think they’re American citizens exercising their First Amendment rights,” Cornyn said. “I don’t know of any reason to try to demonize them, which it sounds like these ads are trying to do. I noted with interest that Representative Doggett was in Austin and experienced one of these episodes and expressed some shock and amazement that people were actually not buying what Washington is selling. I think that’s just coming into contact with the reality of what I’m hearing and what I think many people are sensing out there and what the polls are beginning to pick up.”
Cornyn also sent a letter to the White House yesterday voicing concerns over efforts to intimidate folks and stifle free speech by requesting American citizens forward to the White House email and other communications that oppose the Democrat government takeover of health care.
From Cornyn’s letter to Obama:
“I am not aware of any precedent for a President asking American citizens to report their fellow citizens to the White House for pure political speech that is deemed ‘fishy’ or otherwise inimical to the White House’s political interests. You should not be surprised that these actions taken by your White House staff raise the specter of a data collection program. As Congress debates health care reform and other critical policy matters, citizen engagement must not be chilled by fear of government monitoring the exercise of free speech rights.”
Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio), the House Republican leader, also spoke out yesterday about the Democrat town hall meltdown.
“Democrats are in denial,” Boehner said. “Instead of acknowledging the widespread anger millions of Americans are feeling this summer toward Democrat-controlled Washington, Washington Democrats are trying to dismiss it as a fabrication. That isn’t likely to sit well with Americans outside of Washington who are struggling and wondering when their elected leaders are going to wake up and change course.”
The genie’s out of the bottle on this one, folks: Democrats have shown themselves to be woefully unprepared to deal with both the truth and the American people.
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