Now my first thought, having been to Wisconsin and witnessing first hand the generous and polite character of that area of the country, was to wonder if these teapartyers are simply more polite than others and that this left an opening to steer toward a conversation rather than a grandstanding opportunity for a ‘shout down’ protest. But then I read other accounts of the Fair. So it might be as much about Al’s handling as much as the nature of upper-midwesterners in general
On the other hand, maybe this is happening all over the country too, just not being reported.
Ezra points out:
But the scariest comment came from Rep. David Price of North Carolina, who chatted with a stringer for one of the television networks at a town hall he held in Durham.
The stringer said he was one of 10 people around the country assigned to watch such encounters. Price said he was told flatly: “Your meeting doesn’t get covered unless it blows up.” As it happens, the Durham audience was broadly sympathetic to reform efforts. No “news” there.
So what to make of it then? I’ve seen elsewhere that people like what’s in the bill when it’s explained to them. If the tactic is to incite fear about reform (a la early 90’s) then directing people to shout down any opportunities for explanations to come out will serve that end since is much easier to be scared of that which we don’t understand.