What has been most unsettling is not the congressmen’s surprise but a hard new tone that emerged this week. The leftosphere and the liberal commentariat charged that the town hall meetings weren’t authentic, the crowds were ginned up by insurance companies, lobbyists and the Republican National Committee. But you can’t get people to leave their homes and go to a meeting with a congressman (of all people) unless they are engaged to the point of passion. And what tends to agitate people most is the idea of loss—loss of money hard earned, loss of autonomy, loss of the few things that work in a great sweeping away of those that don’t.
Gee, and I wonder who could’ve filled their heads full of “idea[s] of loss” that “engaged” them “to the point of passion?” Certainly not insurance companies, lobbyists or the Republican National Committee.
Nothing to see here, just keep walking.