So today, for the first time, I saw Obama supporters step over the line in an attempt to respond to Freedom Watch and the Tea Baggers’ disruptions at town hall meetings. What CNN didn’t comment on, when they showed the clip, was how totally furious the Obama supporter was. And I don’t think it was the security that was not-very-gently leading her out the door. She seemed like she was headed straight for the conservative contingent, and wanted to tangle with them.
Probably best that she wasn’t able to; it sure wouldn’t be very helpful for the first blood to be drawn by somebody who’s ostensibly on the same side I am. I don’t want any blood drawn, of course, but the fury emanating from the right on this issue isn’t much different from the fury that emanates from anti-abortion activists; seems like the right has adopted that page from the playbook. Infuriate your opposition, and then jump up and down celebrating when one of us acts on it. Lovely.
I appreciate what the Dems are trying to do as they respond to this madness in their own meetings–to call the tension out, make a point of asking for some decency (civility is just too much to ask for these days, I guess), and do the best they can to keep the meetings moving while assholes try to shout them down. It makes the assholes look really bad, as if they didn’t already. Unfortunately, the people who need to be convinced that the assholes are assholes won’t be convinced even by direct evidence. Not sure what to do about that.
By the way, a public shout-out to CNN, who hasn’t handled this whole mess very well. But today, Rick Sanchez actually got on the air and explained to viewers that most of what the Freedom Watch people and the Palinites are spewing is just wrong. I’m not sure it’ll make a huge dent in the problem, but at least somebody tried. It’s a start.