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Town Hall Ruckus

08townhall.1903 Washington The buzz before, after, and during every meeting I had in DC and the metro area at the end of the week focused on the ruckus and eruptions that had broken out in Tampa and around St. Louis at various town hall meetings for Democratic congressional representatives.  The numbers were large.  Crowds were raucous. Attacks were contentious and directed at wild fears and concerns around the Obama healthcare package.  It was easy to smell the fear inside the Beltway.

The organizing is somewhat impressive and a good reminder of the committed, activist base that is red hot and ready to trot when they get the call.  Also impressive is the right’s ability to use their media tools so effectively to mobilize their base through Fox News, websites, and various radio commentators.  They turned out.  They were loud.  They put on the heat.

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Infiltrators

New Orleans While I was being interviewed by Peter Collins, the former Air America host (www.peterbcollins.com ) for a radio podcast a little after 6 PM, I began getting instant messages that somehow Glenn Beck was airing an “exclusive interview” with me.  No way!  I had to focus so wasn’t able to click on the links until 630 when the interview on Citizen Wealth ended.  It was hard to concentrate!

The first flurry of emails assumed that we had been punked by Fox News documentary folks with whom we had interviewed and that despite their pledge they had shared footage with Beck and his crew.  Quickly it became clear that this was shaky, barely focused handheld footage, and the guys on the Fox contract at the Octavia Books signing for Citizen Wealth were total professionals, so there was no way they had sloppy stuff in the can.

Marie Hurt, Louisiana ACORN’s state organizer, quickly nailed the issue.  This was bound to be film from the two young white guys who claimed to be visiting New Orleans from Michigan, but were bloggers about healthcare, had seen the Times-Picayune picture of me and the notice of the book signing, so came on by.  I forget who brought them up to the signing table, but they asked if they could get some film for their blog and ask me about the need for national healthcare.

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