The 2014 mid-term elections are a little over a year away, which has both Democrats and Republicans jockeying for position as they meet with constituents for town hall meetings. These meetings are mostly a way for people who love and adore their congressmen and women to come down to a building, get videotaped saying things that agree with the elected official’s policy positions, and then leave. But in 2010 that trend changed, as angry Tea Partiers started showing up, making ruckus about the evil Kenyan Communist and his super-spendy ways.
Looking back, that might have been the first indication that 2010 was going to be a blood bath for the left. If angry constituents at town halls are an indication of political climate, 2014 is going to be knock-down, drag-out fight and anyone who expects the left to lay down and let the right gain more ground in Congress may be a bit mistaken. Both sides understand that a more pliant and malleable Congress will mean more of President Obama’s agenda gets through in the remainder of his second term. The stakes are as high as they’ll be for President Obama, and that has both sides fired up.
The newest video to come out of Florida may surprise you. At a town hall in Tallahassee hosted by Rep. Steve Southerland, constituents who support Obamacare were directly confrontational with the Republican congressman. One woman, Barbara DeVane, got especially heated and even let a four-letter word fly. Southerland’s gentile sensibilities were offended saying, “We are not going to subject those that I represent to such language.” But if Southerland thinks his more angry constituents can be easily tamped down, he may be mistaken. Devane’s response was short and sweet.
“Then you might as well get used to it.” Well put, Ms. Devane.
Watch local affiliate WCTV’s coverage of the town hall here: