The most shocking thing, and the worst thing, about the fake healthcare riots and the very real thuggishness of the paid Republican operatives involved in them is not that they're happening. That's what Republicans do, after all. No, the really terrible thing is that by all appearances, the Democratic party was caught completely by surprise.This persistent Donk trope is patently hilarious, authentic frontier gibberish if I ever heard it. Yo, Trist, you think a congressman's "town hall meeting" is a spontaneous eruption of the popular will? A dorm-room bull session? A real, uh, give-and-take?
-Tristero at Digby's House of Ohmigodohmigodohmigod!
In fact, there is a certain art to it, a performative metafiction in which one phony, staged event interrupts another phony, staged event, prompting a whole lot of phony, staged outrage on the part of various partisan actors. Town hall meetings, explicitly promoted as attempts by one political party to "sell health care reform" to their constituency are interrupted by the other party's agitprop operatives. Woe betide Democracy!