August 5, 2009

HOW TO TURN A BLUE DOG YELLOW:

A First Hand View of a Raucous Town Hall Meeting (Steven Portnoy, 8/05/09, ABC: Political Punch)

There were no lobbyist-funded buses in the parking lot of Mardela Middle and High School on Tuesday evening, and the hundreds of Eastern Maryland residents who packed the school’s auditorium loudly refuted the notion that their anger over the Democrats’ health care reform plans is “manufactured.” [...]

Kratovil is a Blue Dog Democrat who signed onto a letter last month urging House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to delay a vote on a health care reform bill until after the August recess. His officially “undecided” stance on health care reform makes him a prime target for frustrated constituents already miffed that he voted for the House Democratic leaders’ energy bill last month, after initially telling voters he was “undecided” on Cap and Trade.

The former county prosecutor won his seat – formerly held by a Republican -- last November by just 2,852 votes.

Boos and cries of “You don’t get it!” were hurled at Kratovil, as he suggested that the current health care system needed to be fixed.

“You're deceiving us! You're trying to shove this stuff through,” one woman yelled.

“I'm not! But I hear you,” Kratovil pleaded.

“This bill is un-American,” said another voter, who asked whether Kratovil has read it.

“I am reading it right now,” he said.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 5, 2009 8:10 PM
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