Bill Clinton Takes on Town Hall Disruptions
PITTSBURGH – There was a lot to chew on in former President Bill Clinton’s speech at Netroots Nation, which started warmly but veered off track after hecklers yelled at him over Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.
“You really ought to go to one of those congressional health care meetings,” Clinton snapped. “They’d love to have you.”
After launching into a protracted defense of the process back in 1993, Clinton said that conservative opponents of health care reform were protesting now at town halls because “they know they have no chance to beat health care this time unless” they frighten swing-district Democrats.
“They don’t have the filibuster this time,” Clinton said. In 1993 and 1994, “Bob Dole was running for president,” and all Republicans needed was for “Bill Kristol to write that memo” telling them to slow it down.