“They may be in a minority, but they are a larger minority than we’ve seen in the 20-plus years that I’ve been doing this,” said Boyd of the standing-room-only crowds who have been showing up to shout, boo, mutter and, in one case, hand him an actual stack of pink slips since he returned home for recess. “I’ve never seen anything like this.”
The overhyped and in many cases fraudulent sense of grass-roots fervor during an August Democrats would like to forget is easy to minimize. But for all the cries of Astroturf fakery and ginned-up crowds, a ground zero view in a district like Boyd’s underlines that a very real sense of anger and frustration is bubbling over as summer wanes.
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Blue Dog Democrat: All This Town Hall Anger May Not Be So Manufactured After All
As high profile Demorats have been dismissing town-hall protests as "astroturfing", fake grass-roots protests since they started turning against Obamacare. Now, one Democrat, Allen Boyd (FL), may have seen the light that this anger is not so "manufactured" after all: