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.