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Rep. Pete Stark Won’t Dignify Constituent by, er, Micturating Upon His Leg

By | 09.15.09 | 2:02 pm

In the tradition of Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.), California Democratic Rep. Pete Stark revealed at a recent town hall gathering that there are limits to what he’ll endure from angry constituents. From TPM:

Rep. Pete Stark (D-CA) got a pretty rough earful from an older looking


McConnell: Town Halls Provided ‘Real Clarity’ on Health Reform

By | 09.08.09 | 4:08 pm

Continuing what has fast become a GOP trend, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Tuesday called on Democrats to scrap their current health reform plans and start anew. The public’s August reaction to the Democrats’ strategy, McConnell said, demands nothing less.

The American people are asking us to start


Questioning the ‘Outpouring’ of Opposition to Health Care Reform

By | 09.03.09 | 11:41 am

Republicans in Congress have been quick to point to the sometimes-riotous town-hall forums of recent weeks as indication that Americans en masse believe the Democrats’ plans for health care reform to be atrocious. Indeed, Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.), chairman of the Republican Study Committee, is claiming this morning More…

GOPers See No Kennedy Effect in Health Care Debate

By | 08.31.09 | 6:08 pm

At a town hall meeting last week in Florence, S.C., Sen. Jim DeMint acknowledged the passing of Sen. Ted Kennedy, then shot a warning flare. Democrats, he said, would have no reservations about using an outpouring of sympathy for the late senator to push for More…

Rep. Trent Franks Considering Obama Citizenship Lawsuit?

By | 08.24.09 | 6:00 am

When he was confronted by Mike Stark, Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) gave perhaps the clearest statement of any Republican member of Congress on the persistent conspiracy theories about President Obama’s birth. That makes this report on a weekend town hall meeting especially confusing.

Franks said there was not


Bernard Kerik: Hey, Stop Bringing Guns to Presidential Rallies

By | 08.20.09 | 3:58 pm

Critics of the conservatives who’ve brought guns to rallies outside of President Barack Obama’s speeches have found an unlikely ally: Bernard Kerik, the former New York City police commissioner whose 2004 nomination to run the Department of Homeland Security foundered under ethics scandals. In a column for Newsmax, Kerik More…

‘Birthers’ Still Showing Up at Town Halls

By | 08.20.09 | 3:49 pm

I’ve cooled off on the “birther” movement after the forged “Kenyan birth certificate” debacle killed a lot of their enthusiasm. And one fringe benefit of the popular “Obama joker” poster is that it has been adopted by some of the people, like Alex Jones, who were getting into More…

Forgotten in the Debate: Most States Already Have Public Plans

By | 08.19.09 | 11:09 am

Yesterday, Rep. Michael Burgess (R-Texas) told Fox News that he hopes the town hall outcries will end the Democrats’ push for a public plan option and focus the debate instead on other elements of health care reform, like insuring folks with preexisting conditions.

You’ve heard from the American people these


GOP Risks Alienating Latinos by Scapegoating Immigrants in Health Care Debate

By | 08.19.09 | 10:49 am

As a leading immigration restrictionist group today opens a conference highlighting the costs of immigrants to the nation’s health care system, critics are pointing out the risks of Republicans’ embracing an anti-immigrant strategy in the health care debate.

“The Republican Party’s embrace of the nativist base is probably More…

A Reader’s Encounter With the ‘Death to Obama’ Protester

By | 08.14.09 | 9:23 am

Hours before The Associated Press ran its piece yesterday on the protester in Hagerstown, Md., calling for the death of President Obama, “Michelle and her two stupid kids,” TWI commenter “Dave,” who apparently attended the Ben Cardin town hall, had the story.

His sign didn’t