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Arlen Specter Health Care Town Hall Nearly Gets Physical

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A health care town hall hosted by Senator Arlen Specter nearly got physical when a participant began shouting after he wasn't one of the 30 chosen to ask a question. Yelled the man: "One day, God's gonna stand before you. And he's gonna judge you and the rest of your damn cronies up on the Hill -- and then you will get your just desserts."


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  1. I think yet again conservatives may be overplaying their hand here.

    Posted by: Wes | Aug 11, 2009 1:02:12 PM

  2. Angry white trash is always so entertaining.

    Posted by: Edward | Aug 11, 2009 1:06:31 PM

  3. @ Edward

    Aint that the truth

    Posted by: D-wane | Aug 11, 2009 1:09:42 PM

  4. Cut these dumb hicks' medicare and unemployment benefits and see if they like less government in their lives.

    Posted by: Dave | Aug 11, 2009 1:14:14 PM

  5. "Angry white trash"...."dumb hicks"

    Funny how they're called the noble "working poor" when they're on the same side as the elitists, but when they give their opinions or waver from what they are told to think and say, they suddenly become "white trash" and "dumb hicks". That's probably your own goddamn grandfather up there yelling, you hypocritical elitists.

    Posted by: paul c | Aug 11, 2009 1:33:19 PM

  6. Paul comment "That's probably your own goddamn grandfather up there yelling, you hypocritical elitists."

    Nope not mine, I am asian. Have to agree with "angry white trash is always so entertaining."

    Posted by: Shan | Aug 11, 2009 1:40:06 PM

  7. "That's probably your own goddamn grandfather up there yelling, you hypocritical elitists."

    Paul C., claim him for your own.

    My grandfather was a Southern Baptist Deacon from baton Rouge, Louisiana. Although he might not have agreed with the President's healthplan, he knew how to express his opinions in a civil manner. not by screaming, yelling or threatening people with God's judgement.

    Posted by: Windy | Aug 11, 2009 1:46:44 PM

  8. No, both my grandfathers are dead. Thanks for your concern

    Posted by: Dave | Aug 11, 2009 1:48:36 PM

  9. @ Paul C

    Oh please, spare us your false sympathy...

    Anyone who disurpts a peaceful and organized meeting is TRASH no matter what his or her race, gender or economic standing.

    This has NOTHING to do with opinions or political leanings, it's a simple matter of acting like an adult, not like a child throwing a hissy fit.

    I'm so saddened that trash like this may actually keep real healthcare reform from passing. These angry and ignorant mobs will have blood on their hands every time a health insurance company denies coverage to a real "working poor" American.

    Posted by: Ruday | Aug 11, 2009 1:51:09 PM

  10. Umm..after seeing the video - one thing I found interesting is that the whole audience are older angry white. Where are people of color or young people?

    Thank god that guy isn't my grandfather...

    Posted by: David | Aug 11, 2009 1:51:17 PM

  11. How long before someone gets killed? And what then Klan Beck?

    Posted by: Derek Washington | Aug 11, 2009 1:58:19 PM

  12. i do hate it when people go into slurs like 'white trash' while trying to be cute. drop it - its like calling someone the n word or something - its disgusting. and i'm indian, so though my grandpa didn't look anything like him, i totally get that's what he would have said if he was in a situation like this.

    its why i hate the towleroad comments in general - its like being in a bad gay bar full of nasty people who are clever and cute only to themselves.

    this man made a powerful and moving statement about where we are today as a country and it has nothing to do with his political affiliations or his viewpoint.

    in addition, he was showing up the point that the town halls were filled with GOP staffers as opposed to 'real folk'

    Posted by: echovic | Aug 11, 2009 2:06:57 PM

  13. Somebody actually said "just desserts"? In 2009?

    Did he also call the senator a "nincompoop"?

    Posted by: crispy | Aug 11, 2009 2:15:55 PM

  14. While this guy is disorderly, insulting, and probably wrong about healthcare policy, inside his rant is an appropriate issue: the influence of lobbyists on Capitol Hill. And that's a more complex issue that has no easy solution. As long as elections require enormous amounts of money to run, Senators and Congressmen will need the cash that lobbyists supply. If a Senator declines all lobbyist funds, he will lose to an opponent who accepts them. Only true campaign finance reform can eliminate the hold that lobbyists have on our elected officials. And serious campaign finance reform will always be hampered by politicians who are currently in office: the status quo favors them. In addition, there are issues of free speech and the ability of lobbyists to mount their own political campaigns that can oppose a politician during a re-election campaign. As I said, it's a difficult knot to undo. But until we can, lobbyists will always be a problem.

    Posted by: gr8guyca | Aug 11, 2009 2:20:26 PM

  15. it is backfiring

    repub polls that were ticking up while Obama's, dems, and health care were ticking down have now turned

    since last week and the tea bagger/birthers going all crazy screach at town halls = repub poll numbers now ticking down with obama + dems + Health care ticking up again


    repubs, big insurance companies, and the white racists have overplayed their hand

    It turns out america isn't as stupid as the remaining 23% self identified repubs and really dislike this tea bagger crap

    Posted by: jimmyboyo | Aug 11, 2009 2:21:20 PM

  16. I don't think it really came across as him making a good point so much as standing up and demanding to speak out of turn, just so he could rant generically against the Senator and threaten him with God's wrath.

    Why not ask a serious question about lobbyists if thats his goal? Instead it was just more counterproductive political theater.

    Posted by: Wes | Aug 11, 2009 2:27:20 PM

  17. "...its why i hate the towleroad comments in general - its like being in a bad gay bar full of nasty people who are clever and cute only to themselves."

    Yeah, and we aint even drunk yet.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Aug 11, 2009 2:29:16 PM

  18. PS

    Dems have wised up and started doing sign in sheets

    It is being reported

    1- majority showing up to town halls are not district residents and many from out of state

    2- registered repubs

    3- many paid staffers for repub congress critters, paid staff for RNC, and or paid staff of Insurance companies

    4- majority showing up at many town halls ...i.e. showing up one day in Arizona Penn then the next town hall in Penn....Bused around the country?

    Like I mentioned previously

    The latest polls since the retooling of the tea baggers/ birthers last week into the deathers = obama's numbers rising and repubs dropping. They have overplayed their hand


    Posted by: jimmyboyo | Aug 11, 2009 2:34:02 PM

  19. Chill with the white trash comments, people!

    I mean, if you think that they are simply "trash" than simply say that!

    @Derrick- Oh, we don't have to be drunk to go there (and that includes myself)

    Posted by: Chitown Kev | Aug 11, 2009 2:39:56 PM

  20. "...or waver from what they are told to think and say..."

    You mean like how he's deviating from the script provided to him in advance by highly-paid consulting firms, GOP rabble-rousers, and insurance company hatchet men previously convicted of millions of dollars worth of fraud, all of whom chipped in for his bus fare to a meeting in a town he's never even been to?

    Posted by: Gry | Aug 11, 2009 2:41:23 PM

  21. Acting like rude, obnoxious, buffoons –this trash could better themselves by, for starters, turning of the trash talk AM radio, and stop allowing themselves to be manipulated by ideological extremists, including the puppet performers at FOX TV.

    Posted by: sam | Aug 11, 2009 2:43:46 PM

  22. Did anyone else see the clip from MSNBC where a guy was standing outside one of these Town Hall meetings, holding a sign reading "It Is A Good Time To Water The Tree Of Liberty" with a gun strapped to his leg? Fucking scary ass motherfuckers out there.

    Posted by: peterparker | Aug 11, 2009 2:44:03 PM

  23. These people are truly embarrassing and sad. The Republican Elite plays the bottom rung like pawns and they fall for it every time.

    Posted by: jakeinlove | Aug 11, 2009 2:59:28 PM

  24. The idiot who said "God will stand before you..." is not a Christian; he's a fake. As any true Christian knows, the phrase is "you will stand before God..." meaning he will be passing judgment on you, not the other way around. And don't tell me he just misspoke; he may not realize it, but he said exactly what he meant to say and put God exactly where he truly sees him -- as an entity that's subservient to his own prejudices and hates and nothing more.

    And this is how you fight back against these fools -- going right where they claim to be coming from. If they scream and shout at us; scream and shout right back. If they say they're God-fearing Americans; show them exactly where they prove the opposite. If they say they're gonna hit us with some of the Second Amendment; remind them that Amendment doesn't care which side of the fence it's on and pack a couple of legal pistols, yourselves. That's the only way to deal with bullies -- not reason, not facts, not anything but a case of, "If you hit me, I'm hitting you right back."

    Of course, that would take balls -- something the Democratic Party's been sorely lacking for years.

    Posted by: Kyle Sullivan | Aug 11, 2009 3:00:59 PM

  25. Obama is probably thrilled by this whole circus, as it's now creating a great distraction while he cuts secret deals with the pharmaceutical industry.

    CNN reported yesterday that Obama's secret deal with PhRMA is going to cost the taxpayers (that's us) $80 BILLION that will go right in the giant drug corps pockets. How is that reform and cost savings for the public again? The fact that all of that is already going out the window before anything is even passed is absolutely shocking.

    More transparency and change you can believe in!

    Posted by: paul c | Aug 11, 2009 3:01:45 PM

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