Earlier today, Dallas hosted a health care reform discussion with a joint appearance by U.S. Congressfolk Eddie Bernice Johnson and Pete Sessions. By all accounts, the usual astro-turf activist malcontents showed up outside with Hitler-mustachioed Obama pictures, babbling about “patriotism,” “socialism,” “saving the Constitution,” “taking back our country” – about everything, that is, but reform.
These Einsteins would rather have their health care rationed and their granny sentenced to die by private insurance companies who’re simultaneously screwing them to the tune of record profits. The reason? Cue robotic mantra: “The free market works, the free market works, the free market works…” I don’t think “Tea Party” is the best name for these gatherings of conservative lemmings. “Kool Aid Party” is more like it, because if Boehner, Cantor, et al ever give them the command, they’ll drain the paper cups pronto.
Happily, no one was packing heat outside the Dallas debate, and no one inside started screaming at Rep. Johnson about fascism. This suggests that Obama was right when he said that although the majority of town hall forums across the country have been relatively peaceful and productive, the roof-raising minority is getting all the broadcast time because “TV loves a ruckus.” I’m reminded of a priceless comment Jon Stewart made several “Daily Show”s ago: When Pres. Obama watches the more looney tunes moments of these town halls, Stewart wondered, “do our approval ratings fall in his eyes?”