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Yesterday afternoon, Secretary Sebelius and Senator Specter gave a Town Hall at the Constitution Center on Independence Mall. The event was scheduled by the White House, and the idea was that, after opening ceremonies, each would make opening remarks and then take questions from the audience.

I received an email on Saturday about the event, with brief details, and a phone number to call if I wanted to volunteer. The phone number belonged to a very politically active friend. When I called to find out what she needed, she informed me that teabaggers were planning on attending and disrupting the event both inside and outside, and volunteers were needed on a strict non-engagement basis. The idea was to try to have enough people to stand quietly, with signs, so that if there were TV cameras, the pro-administration group would be as large as the idiot group.

I couldn't figure out how to put the pictures into this post, but you can read the whole post about the event here and see the photos.

The Cliff Notes version is that the teabaggers were ugly, and the Secretary and the Senator did their best to get actual information across while the idiots were trying to shout them down. Outside, the right had even fewer manners.

Originally posted to docjess on Mon Aug 03, 2009 at 02:24 AM PDT.

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  •  good for you to do this (3+ / 0-)

    you know, I can't help but think that if these idiots start getting in our faces, just start getting right back into theirs. I don't know if that's the ideal solution, but it seems to be to easy to be a TB and get all of this attention.  

  •  Googled it, to seek the teabuggers slant (2+ / 0-)
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    Stwriley, deMemedeMedia

    see if I could be the one to discover the NEXT "get a brain, Moran" guy....No luck this time, but maybe someone will spot the next geeniuz on the provided video.

    http://atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/...

    Here is the masterblog of their exploits at town halls thus far:

    http://atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/...

    When they call the roll in the Senate, the senators do not know whether to answer 'present' or 'guilty.'-Teddy Roosevelt

    by bamabikeguy on Mon Aug 03, 2009 at 02:47:38 AM PDT

    •  They're lying (4+ / 0-)

      I was there, they were NOT the majority, as it says in their article.

      •  "Inflate our numbers" is the stratergee (1+ / 0-)
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        blue armadillo

        Louder=More

        When they call the roll in the Senate, the senators do not know whether to answer 'present' or 'guilty.'-Teddy Roosevelt

        by bamabikeguy on Mon Aug 03, 2009 at 03:12:52 AM PDT

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        •  We had a bunch show up (2+ / 0-)
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          Knarfc, bamabikeguy

          at an event here in San Antonio - we were on one side of the street, the moran brigade on the other...a couple of them would come over to our side, occasionally.  But as soon as we thanked them for making our side look bigger, they scuttled back over to their side.

          And asking them how they like Medicare while waving their "No Socialized Medicine" signs made them tuck tail and run too.

          They are like those old pull sting talking dolls of the past - pull the string get a talking point.  But there is no real understanding of anything really.

          They are the Brownshirts of the GOP...misled and riled up citizens being propogandized and confused.

          I'd feel sorry for them but most often, they are just obnoxious, and I dislike them intensely.

  •  I was there - -had an earlier diary yesterday (3+ / 0-)
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    blue armadillo, Stwriley, bamabikeguy

    Unfortunately I don't know how to link.  Agree with your sentiments.  There actually were a decent number of pro-reform folks there, but the boo-bird crazies were obnoxious.

    No matter who you are or where you are in your journey through life, you are welcome here: www.ucc.org

    by Conshieguy on Mon Aug 03, 2009 at 03:45:41 AM PDT

    •  How to link: (2+ / 0-)
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      Stwriley, bugscuffle

      I keep multiple tabs open, which makes it easier.

      Go to YOUR diary, and up in the address part, click on top of it and COPY (the whole address should be blue when you do that)

      Come back to THIS DIARY, and click to REPLY

      Go down to the body section, click LINK

      In the top part of that window PASTE the address of your diary

      One the next line of the LINK, put the title of your diary

      Click ADD

      To post it, type "TEST" up in the title of the reply, preview, then post

      should work

      When they call the roll in the Senate, the senators do not know whether to answer 'present' or 'guilty.'-Teddy Roosevelt

      by bamabikeguy on Mon Aug 03, 2009 at 03:57:16 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  I'm just wondering. (1+ / 0-)
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    Stwriley

    How much of this "anti-Obamacare" is an anti-Obama strategy that is essentially racism? And nothing logically connected to the nation's health care needs?

  •  They made the local news... (2+ / 0-)
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    askew, Eloise

    here in Philly, but only on our NPR station, WHYY.  No sign of it yet on any of the TradMed networks, not even our local Fox affiliate.

    As the WHYY story portrays it, the Tea Baggers were seen as a disruptive minority. Here's their mention from the WHYY article:

    Members of the Philadelphia Tea Party interrupted the secretary several times with jeers and boos. They oppose proposals for another public health insurance plan and are concerned about health care rationing.

    Not exactly what they were hoping for in terms of publicity.

    This is accompanied by a photo that makes it pretty clear what the ratio of Tea Baggers to everyone else was.  Here's the shot:

    It's pretty clear that what we're seeing is a whole crowd of applauding people and three Tea Baggers at the back booing.  Shows them for the loud, obnoxious and tiny minority that they really are.

    Conservito delenda est pro is deleo orbis terrarum!

    by Stwriley on Mon Aug 03, 2009 at 05:45:18 AM PDT

  •  The local papers had the crowd split evenly (0+ / 0-)

    So the antis were able to create the impression of an even split, even though it wasn't true.

    Funny thing is I wonder how Specter will take this.  My guess is that it will piss him off, and he just became a more solid vote for the good guys.

    Ancora Impara--Michelangelo

    by aravir on Mon Aug 03, 2009 at 05:46:39 AM PDT

  •  Are we sure that the pols (0+ / 0-)

    have copies of the memos on how to disrupt town halls?  And if they do, do they (can't believe I have to ask this) know how to use them, namely by reading them during the events and making sure the local press have copies as well?

    Sigh... I don't think Democrats will ever, ever learn that earnest attempts to ignore crazies Do. Not. Work.

    "Conservative principles" are marketing props used by the Conservative Movement to achieve political power, not actual beliefs. -Glenn Greenwald

    by latts on Mon Aug 03, 2009 at 06:55:15 AM PDT

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