Democrats are having bad luck with race these days. Secretary Clinton, in exile in the Congo, loses her cool and practically screams at an African person there (in the old days, “ a cheeky native”). On the same day, a Democrat Congresswomen at a health reform town hall meeting in Virginia gets a woman expelled by the police. Oop, the woman is an older black lady.!She must be another thug, in the liberal commentators’ terminology. I saw the episode on television, I don’t know what the lady did or said. It looked to me that she was being thrown out for something she said, but I might be wrong. Please, correct me. This comes after the beating last week of a slight black man by union goons supporting the President.
On Monday night, for an hour and a half, I listened on the radio to a town meeting held in Monterey, California, by liberal Representative Sam Farr. First, the Congressman is an all-around nice guy. He is brave, hard-working and intellectually honest, I think. He has really bad taste though. A couple of years ago, he tried to persuade voters that Fidel Castro is a nice, warm old guy. That was a bit much for many of the people he represents, even in foo-foo central California. Farr is also pretty much a straight- everything Democrat on everything. No blue dog in his backyard.
At the beginning, the meeting went well, in my opinion because someone stupid had packed it with stereotypical, whiny liberals who insisted on making speeches in favor of an undefined health plan proposed but not described by the President. Even, many thinking liberals must have been embarrassed by their performance. Then, the questions begun. Notably, there were almost no pro-Obamacare questions, only short rambling monologues. Nearly all the real question-questions came from opponents. There was no heckling but there were a few polite boos and some derisive laughter directed at the Congressman.
Congressman Farr, again, a nice guy, gave a pathetic performance. Far from trying to twist his audience’s minds around, as politicians often do, he seemed out of his depth answering nearly all the questions that could not suffer a canned response. I left off with the impression that he did not understand the questions or why they were being asked. It would be difficult to convince me that he had read many, or even, any of the relevant documents. I suspect all he carried in his head was the Obama plan’s salient points, bullet-points, many of which have become untenable in the past few days. His staff was either absent or no more knowledgeable than the Congressman. He seemed puzzled by the vehemence of opponents.
He may have been perplexed that there were no right-wing thugs in sight.
To be continued.