Kathy Shaidle

"I guess it's true: Washington really can change people"

Posted on September 1 2009 7:20 am
Kathy Shaidle blogs at FiveFeetOfFury, now entering its 11th year online. Her latest book is Acoustic Ladylandkathy shaidle, which Mark Steyn calls "a must-read."
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His FOX News program was preempted Friday for ongoing coverage of the death of Ted Kennedy, so Sean Hannity had a lot of news to catch up on last night.

Hannity observed that the same Democratic Party that encouraged radical, highly visible and vocal “groups like and Code Pink for years is now discouraging people from speaking their minds.”

Case in point: an incident that occurred at Democratic Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter’s recent health care town hall:

It’s come to this: Shea-Porter — who first made a name for herself after being expelled for disrupting a 2005 George W. Bush event, along with other protesters who were wearing makeshift Nazi uniforms — is now blithely kicking retired New York City police officers out of her public meetings for — wait for it — “asking a question without a ticket.”

Yes, really: only constituents who’d won a sort of free speech “lottery” were permitted to question their elected representative at this particular town hall.

Hannity quipped about Shea-Porter’s glaring double standard: “I guess it’s true: Washington really can change people!”

(I’ve said it for years: instead of reclaiming discredited words like “Liberals” or “Progressives,” the left should just get it over with and start calling themselves the “Oh-But-That’s-Different”s.)

Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter

Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter

This constituent’s cardinal sin, it seems, was to ask Shea-Porter why so many belligerent (and possibly non-local) Service Employees International Union (SEIU) members  had been welcomed into the meeting. All this in a state whose very motto is “Live Free or Die!”

Long time New Hampshire resident, author Mark Steyn, commented on the disgraceful affair:

I’m overseas at the moment, so perhaps in my absence a law has been passed making it a felony to ask a question without a valid ticket. But, if not, someone should remind Congress that they’re citizen-legislators: They’re our representatives, not our rulers. A cat can look at a king but a constituent can’t look at Queen Carol without entering a lottery? If you can’t handle an interjection from an elderly police officer without having him frogmarched from the room, maybe you should be in another line of work.

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