Within the flurry of coverage of yesterday’s disruption of a health care town hall in the St. Louis area was the news today that Senator Claire McCaskill had to cancel one event scheduled for next week because the people in charge of the location were concerned about safety.
Our Twitter exchanges with Tony Messenger of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch swirled around that news:
tonymess SEIU union council in Missouri issues statement blaming Tea Party activists for assaulting “reverend and SEIU member.” about 2 hours ago from TweetDeck
tonymess RT @clairecmc: Very disappointed that U City school dist cancelled our event. We will expand the time on afternoon event … about 2 hours ago from TweetDeck
tonymess Tea Party activists today are crediting @clairecmc for how she is handling protests (at least for her tone on Twitter). about 2 hours ago from TweetDeck
TheyGaveUsARep @tonymess Think perhaps the 3 teabaggers who can pass for sane are taking assessments & see an unpleasant near future & R backing up a bit? about 2 hours ago from web in reply to tonymess
tonymess @TheyGaveUsARep The ones I talked to seemed sincere about not wanting this to escalate. I’m seeing both sides trying to calm down today. about 2 hours ago from TweetDeck in reply to TheyGaveUsARep
At this point Senator Claire Mccaskill was posting via Twitter about the cancellation of the Tuesday morning town hall.
TheyGaveUsARep @tonymess They don’t get a pass just because some of the less dangerous ones want to back up today. Also today:SEIU threatened,@clairecmc=/= about 2 hours ago from web in reply to tonymess
TheyGaveUsARep @tonymess They may find that the genie doesn’t go back in the bottle willingly, and they deliberately uncorked the crazy,”rattle him””shout” about 2 hours ago from web in reply to tonymess
MBersin @tonymess “both sides?” As if people who want a public option are Glenn Beck fans? Just gotta love that false equivalence… about 2 hours ago from web in reply to tonymess
tonymess @MBersin What false equivalence? I talked to libs and conservatives today who are asking their members to avoid conflict. That’s both sides. 44 minutes ago from TweetDeck in reply to MBersin
MBersin tonymess “What false equivalence?” Oh, please. You’ve never heard of Glenn Beck and the rest of the Mighty Wurlitzer? The same rhetoric? 36 minutes ago from web in reply to tonymess
tonymess @MBersin Of course I have. But what’s your point? I merely Tweeted that both sides in last night’s conflict are asking for calm. 33 minutes ago from TweetDeck in reply to MBersin
tonymess @MBersin I didn’t compare one sides rhetoric to another or say one was better or worse. 32 minutes ago from TweetDeck in reply to MBersin
MBersin @tonymess Glenn Beck is asking for calm? Really? 31 minutes ago from web in reply to tonymess
TheyGaveUsARep @tonymess So do you condemn “Freedom Works” and the like for initiating the disruption strategy that set us on this path? 31 minutes ago from web in reply to tonymess
MBersin @tonymess False equivalence: “shut ’em down” or “gee, we’d like a public option”. Sesame Street: “One of these things is not like the other” 26 minutes ago from web in reply to tonymess
The Twitter exchange ended here.
And while we’re talking about false equivalence, let’s take a another look at hotflash’s video from yesterday’s town hall.