Nigel Coleman, chairman of the Danville TEA Party group, as saying: "At this point we feel we have no representation in Congress."Danville TEA Party members reportedly plan to burn Perriello, Pelosi in effigy | Richmond Times-Dispatch. Apparently the issue is health care reform which will "change what America is." According to the official website of the TEA baggers, the GOP is hoping to reignite the nastiness of last summer's health care debate by holding town meetings across the country. Republican Congress members hope this will slow the process of health care reform down.
"The legislative battle over health care reform is not over," Indiana Rep. Mike Pence, chairman of the House Republican Conference, wrote in a letter to members ahead of the Veterans Day break. Pence urged them to keep reaching out to constituents and host town hall meetings to highlight ways Republicans say the bill will hurt seniors, women and small businesses.
"We must continue to oppose the Pelosi health care bill and stand by the American people in support of Republican-offered solutions that meet the needs of families by lowering health care costs," he said, referring to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who shepherded the bill to passage.Because the extreme right is thinking of it as the Pelosi health care bill and because they honestly believe the Health Care Bill will somehow hurt Medicaid (huh?) and make their medical care more expensive and worse (huh?), their response is understandable. The sort of people who go to TEA Parties are misinformed by extreme right websites and Fox "News." Recent scientific research shows that even when presented with compelling evidence to the contrary, most people will continue to cling to their world view. Their response, therefore, is understandable if extreme and violent. What is most certainly not understandable is the willingness of GOP leaders, including John McCain, to exploit this sort of white fury for their own political ends. McCain should be engaged in Congressional debate, not fanning the flames of misinformed fanatics with his own health care town hall where he is encouraging "protest." The fact that the GOP continuously misuses its base of misinformed, rural white folks is not surprising. They have been doing this since at least Ronald Reagan, but especially since the mis-election of Dubbya in 2000. Perhaps the only way to get them to stop is to burn them in effigy? Of course, GOP leaders like populist manipulator McCain would find being burned in effigy at a town meeting "offensive" and "unAmerican."