KNancy Pelosi & Steny Hoyer recently wrote a Op Ed in USA Today, that included this spot on assessment of the town hall thugs disrupting question & answer time with threats & intimidation:
“These disruptions are occurring because opponents are afraid not just of differing views — but of the facts themselves. Drowning out opposing views is simply un-American. Drowning out the facts is how we failed at this task for decades.”And what does President Obama do? As John Aravosis describes it, the White House knee-caps Pelosi, defends GOP mobs:
I shouldn't be surprised, yet still I continue to be. When the Democratic Speaker of the House is being attacked by the right-wing noise machine - attacked for criticizing the GOP mobs who are shutting down the Democratic health care rallies - you defend her if you're a fellow Democrat. You don't throw her under the bus and defend the teabagging mob.
[...] Pelosi was right. And the White House is wrong. It is un-American for Republican special interests to send fake mobs to disrupt the Democratic process. To stop citizens from being able to meet with their elected officials.
Republicans think freedom of speech means they get to speak, and you get to shut up. Siding with the mobs against Pelosi is just terribly tacky, and terribly unfortunate.