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Democrats Get Roasted At Home For ObamaCare Vote: A Preview Of The Banquet Of Consequences

Some Democrats went home for the holiday recess and encountered what Politico, to their credit, described as incivility and a forecast for rage. Rep. Carol Shea-Porter and Rep. Paul Hodes, both involved in seriously contested races this fall (Hodes is running for the Senate), got an ear full from seniors at a Manchester senior services center. Here is a snippet of Hodes experience:

MANCHESTER, N.H. - If the experience of this state's two Democratic House members is any indication, the raw emotion and mistrust emanating from last summer's congressional town halls never really went away.

Instead, the unrest simmered over the ensuing months only to return to a boil when Rep. Carol Shea-Porter and Rep. Paul Hodes, who is running for U.S. Senate, returned home to meet with their constituents here during the first week of the Easter recess.

Their public events provided a bracing reminder to Democrats that the political pivot from health care to economic and financial issues is going to be much more arduous than they expected.

At a senior center in Manchester Wednesday, one woman turned away when Hodes offered his outstretched hand for an introduction.

"I don't want to shake your hand. You voted for health care, so just go," snapped Carmen Guimond, as she refocused on her lunch of roast beef and mashed potatoes and waved him on.

When Hodes decided to stay at the table and launch a defense of what's considered to be one of the more popular provisions of the law -- closing the "donut hole," a gap in prescription drug coverage for Medicare recipients -- she challenged whether he had read the entire bill and dismissed his explanation.

"Two hundred and forty dollars in the first year. That's all it is," she said, referring to the initial subsidy. "That's not much."

"And over time, by 2020, it closes the donut hole," Hodes explained.

"We'll all be dead by then," she deadpanned.

Can anyone doubt, at this point, that grandma and grandpa are pissed? Democrats can ridicule the Sarah Palin death panel meme when they gather for lunch in their echo chambers (hat tip Charles Blow) but when the dinner trays are handed out in nursing homes the demogoguery stops and seniors start paying attention.

Representative Porter, after imposing "a ticketed lottery system and a two-minute time limit for speakers" (justifiably) bore the brunt of some serious invective:

For her part, at back-to-back town hall meetings in Bedford and Merrimack, Shea-Porter faced consistent boos, heckles and catcalls after almost every point she rattled off in defense of her vote.

Despite an effort to accommodate questions from the raucous crowds with a ticketed lottery system and a two-minute time limit for speakers, the congresswoman got little credit from the audience. If anything, it gave her opponents fresh ammunition.

"Why can't we ask a question?" yelled one man, objecting to a format that randomly selected numbers out of a tub of tickets to choose questioners.

"Are you a princess or a representative?" chastised another woman.

Yet another man was miffed that he received a form letter from her office in response to six specific questions he sent to her by mail.

"I expect a reply. I heard a position statement that did not answer any of my questions," complained Ben Niles of Merrimack.

But the most astonishing comment from the weekend came from Representative Hodes, who, in a moment of candor said this:

I think now that we have a bill and we're able to talk about what's in it and we're able to give people some very clear information about what's in it," Hodes told POLITICO.

That's the problem, congressman. If the bill had passed without such subterfuge and deceit and a reasonable amount of full disclosure this kind of anger might have subsided. But the American people know when they have been hoodwinked and deceived.

Kudos to Politico (a frequent target of my criticism) for posting this.

Update: Paul at Powerline asks why they just can't "forgive and forget". Representative Porter suggests "taking a number". Ah, the ultimate delimma: policy holder versus actuary. I think we know whose side Representative Porter is on.


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Comments (13)

Of course, that's what's ha... (Below threshold)
hermie:

Of course, that's what's happening with those Dems who have any meetings with constituents. Others use the 'security' excuse and refuse any public appearances in front of voters. Instead, they either hide out or have pre-selected audiences(SEIU thugs and ACORN reps) for photo ops.

It's a tactic they will use over and over to try to stall until they can push 'amnesty' to illegal aliens; or ACORN can create enough fake 'voters' to stuff the ballot boxes with Dem 'votes'.

You are right hermie, and i... (Below threshold)
TexBob:

You are right hermie, and it will piss off those voters every day right up to November.

Those same pissed off constituents will support the opposition in so man ways it will make ACORN look the Coffee Party.

The vast majority who stayed home from the polls will be out in force taking their friends and neighbors with them.

Piglosi and the rest of the... (Below threshold)
Justrand:

Piglosi and the rest of the Commisars TOLD us that what they do and how they do it is NONE OF OUR BUSINESS!

Now they are stunned at the fact that Americans don't like being treated like North Koreans.

The BEST thing that can happen to the Dems is that they get voted out of office in November. Really.

I'm hoping to run into Slau... (Below threshold)
JJ:

I'm hoping to run into Slaughter at Wegman's. That's generally the only place a resident of her district gets to say anything to her. She's too cowardly to have town hall meetings, what with the John Birchers and all...

But....but...but....Nancy T... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

But....but...but....Nancy TOLD US that the citizens would LOVE ObamaCare and that we'd be hailed as heroes. Didn't the public get the memo?

HINT: Reps, reserve your Ryder rental truck now and avoid the January rush. YOU WILL BE MOVING.

We will not forgive ... (Below threshold)
Maddox:


We will not forgive and we will not forget.
We will remember in November.

Did these reps actually thi... (Below threshold)
mike:

Did these reps actually think they did something good when they failed to even remotely acknowledge their constituents requests to vote NO??? Did they actually expect roses and cheers when they return to face the same people they ignored just weeks earlier??? The one thing I can't understand...if this bill, now law, is soooo great, why is it that certain people are exempt from its reaches and others have to sell it?????? I know they didn't read the bill....did they even read the constitution?? Manchester is a great city; I grew up there. Home of the Primaries! It sickens me to see these elected officials treat the Americans this way. I hope citizens of New Hampshire show their outrage in November!! Get rid of these corrupt politicians or they will keep doing what they did.

If the Democrats play a foo... (Below threshold)
poptoy:

If the Democrats play a football game against the North Koreans.....you can bet I will be pulling for the North Koreans.

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"Nancy TOLD US that the ... (Below threshold)
jim m:

"Nancy TOLD US that the citizens would LOVE ObamaCare and that we'd be hailed as heroes."

Exactly. And the dems consider only those who support them as being real Americans and the rest of us are political dissidents who need to be rounded up and sent to reeducation camps.

I guess these feisty elderl... (Below threshold)
mag:

I guess these feisty elderly people are not so into "cool" and "skin-color" as our youth are.

With 4 in 10 tea party atte... (Below threshold)
jim m:

With 4 in 10 tea party attendees saying that they are either dem or independent expect Obama and friends to double down yet again on villifying the tea party as dangerous and extreme. They will hope to drive a wedge between the tea party and independents. What they do not realize is that just as nobody believes them about health care, nobody believes them about anything elese either.

"And over time, by 2020,... (Below threshold)
914:

"And over time, by 2020, it closes the donut hole," Hodes explained.

"We'll all be dead by then," she deadpanned"

In other words She understands they have passed a financial death panel that will kick in for them after they all croak.

Representative Porter s... (Below threshold)
John S:

Representative Porter suggests "taking a number."

I suspect that's something we'll all get used to after 2014.




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