Senator Claire McCaskill made it to Jefferson City for her second health care town hall of the day. The event started at 6:00 p.m. We arrived at the location at around 5:00 p.m. to a considerable traffic control presence and a distinct lack of available parking. We were able to get to the media entrance and park next to the television satellite trucks. There was also a considerable media and police presence. We were told that only the first 375 of the people waiting in line would be allowed in. After the event I asked a police officer if he knew how many people who were in line didn’t get into the town hall. He wouldn’t estimate the number, but did state that people who were in line didn’t get in.
Unlike the previous three health care town halls I attended people brought in signs. It doesn’t add much to the cachet.
Like the Hillsboro town hall there were a number of people at the event who sincerely believed that being rude, loud, and obnoxious makes for a winning argument.
This wasn’t Hillsboro. A smaller space and much closer proximity to a smaller crowd made it appear more manic, but no one had their sign snatched away and no one (at least as I was aware of) was arrested.
Not everyone in line got into the event. Attendance was limited to 375, first come, first served.
Probably to the immense frustration of the loudest and most disruptive in the room, there were a significant number of pro reform individuals at the town hall.
A pro reform individual writing out a question on a form which was placed in a basket and then subject to selection out of the basket by two anti reform people appointed to the task by Senator McCaskill. Those questions selected then were read and answered by the Senator. What do you think the odds were?
RBH, this photo is for you.
This individual was very angry. In fact, on occasion she loudly stated that she was very angry.
Sometimes corporatist sign placement can be fortuitous.
At the press conference after the town hall.
I’d have to review the evidence to figure out if that’s the same FairTax guy as the one who was as Penn Valley a few months ago.
Rest assured, if there is a political event, some random dude will show up with his FairTax gear.
Wonder if that FairTax fan is more expensive due to the sales tax attached to it.
Michael Bersin said:
…after Hillsboro applies here:
The difference here is that the venue was closer quarters and had a much lower ceiling so that the shouters could actually be understood and the shouting could more effectively disrupt. In Hillsboro pro health care reform people (who were also outnumbered, but still a significant presence) seemed to be caught flat footed by the vein popping apoplectic rage of the teabaggers (and in retrospect, it was stunning in a funny sort of way). Not so in Jefferson City. They stood their ground and pushed back, though without the yelling out of random fake news cable network talking points. That isn’t to say that the vein popping apoplectic rage in Jefferson City wasn’t stunning in a funny sort of way. It was.
I have to write it. These people are fucking batshit crazy. No sign of rational understanding that “death panels” are a myth. No sign of understanding that the “free market” (as pointed out by Senator McCaskill) is operating now and hasn’t fixed the problems.
They have this completely irrational fear, amplified by who know what, and nothing is going to change that.
And don’t get me started on our useless media. They all know that these people are batshit crazy, but they present it all as an equal opposing viewpoint.
I weep for our nation.