Putsch Comes to Shove: Health Care Meetings Devolving to Chaos (Updated)

Well, those health care town meetings are going pretty much as you might expect: one in Tampa, Florida was punctuated by protesters yelling "Forty million illegals" and "Tell the truth," banging on windows, and then telling the St. Petersburg Times, "They can't even run a meeting, and they want to run health care?" Rightbloggers counter that their people were gated out of a similar event in St. Louis while union members were allowed ingress. (Several people were arrested at that meeting, including a St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter. A reformer was among them, though the St. Louis Tea Party report seems not to notice.)

A health care reform group has sent out a memo on how to deal with protesters who "seek confrontation," which Gathering of Eagles NY characterizes as a "dirty tricks playbook"...

Pirate's Cove mocks a wussy Democrat Congressman for bailing on a town hall because he got one little death threat. John Boehner promises Democrats a "very, very hot summer." American Power is excited: "Now the Democrats are totally freaking out!"

Other relevant headlines: "Recapping the Pelosi Swastika Reports," "Town meeting disruptions and cultural fascism," "You better not say anything bad about THE GREAT OBAMA or his ideas!" "Kristalnacht Town Meetings," etc.

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Too bad they're not having one of these things in New York -- we've still got some whistles and bandanas left over from Tompkins Square '88.

Update: Ha! Anthony Wiener put one over on us, holding an alleged Town Hall with only a couple hours' public notice, drawing only codgers interested in the $2 lunch. "There were none of the shouting protesters who've halted town-hall forums elsewhere," says a disappointed New York Post.


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