Reports out of Florida indicate that Democrats have decided to do something about the emerging threat of those pesky voters talking back to their betters. You see, the way it works is the politicians talk AT the people, and the people shut up and listen. These angry people are doing it wrong.
In light of new video I have acquired, It's understandable that Democrats would want to stock up on Union security to put a stop to all that protesting. Witness the mob!
Reed said she set up the town hall with the help of Service Employees International Union, a large, politically active union that represents nursing home workers, among others. "I represent a number of people who ask questions about what's going on with health care, so I thought it would be good to put on a meeting and have the congresswoman come in and give an update," said Reed.
Asked earlier today about possible disruption at the event, Kim Diehl of SEIU said, "We're prepared. We have strategies to deal with it if it should come up."
That has been deleted and replaced with something far more SEIU/Democrat friendly:
The meeting was organized by Reed plus the Service Employees International Union, other unions and Organizing for America, a liberal group that grew out of the Obama presidential campaign.
Some opponents accused the organizers of trying to stack the crowd by allowing early admission to those on their side. Reed denied that, saying those admitted early were organizers setting up the room.
In any case, opponents appeared to outnumber proponents both inside and outside.
After doors to the meeting room closed, some of those outside crowded around the windows of the meeting room, where they held up signs and chanted.
In the last week or so, similar disruptive protests have erupted at town hall meetings in several states.
Democrats, including White House spokesman Robert Gibbs, have said the disruptions were organized attacks aimed at Democrats by conservative, anti-health care reform interest groups. Several protestors at Thursday's meeting in Tampa angrily rejected that contention.
Castor's staff said Reed planned the meeting and invited Castor before the controversy became so heated. Reed said she set up the meeting because, "I represent a number of people who ask questions about what's going on with health care, so I thought it would be good to put on a meeting and have the congresswoman come in and give an update."
Reed said she was shocked by the number of people who turned out and some of their reactions. "When you get to the point of possible violence, you've gone over the edge," she said.
In a news conference prior to the town hall, Castor had said, "I do expect some rabble-rousing." She said the protesters who have been appearing at town hall forums on health care "would have been protesting Medicare they would never have accepted Social Security."
Tampa police spokeswoman Andrea Davis said the department was told a couple hundred people would show up and sent a squad of 10-15 officers, two marked cars, two supervisors and some undercover officers. As the crowd grew, more were brought in mainly for traffic control, she said, but they also broke up some scuffles. She said no arrests were made.
So they eliminated the part about the SEIU being a "large, politically active union". They also eliminated the SEIU representative saying "We have strategies to deal with" the protesters.
In their place, they just inserted Democratic talking points. Terrific.
Carol with a report from the event (with pictures)
Nadia Naffe, who says police reports were file by people saying they were injured by SEIU people, as well as this: "The last thing I was before I exited the event were two women running over to a cop sitting in his vehicle, screaming, “Don’t you see that man over there has a gun?” The cop looked up and calmly replied, “Ma’am in this country people have the right to bear arms”."
The one picture of somebody actually being hit at the Tampa meeting. The person delivering the hit is identified as Karen Miracle. I'm guessing she's the Karen Miracle who is Treasurer of the E. Hillsborough Democratic Club. Her husband, Garry (also pictured), is the Political Director.
Another apparent Democrat arrested.