Health care protests ‘clearly being orchestrated,’ senator says

Personally, I have to say this senator is clearly out of touch. People are beginning to get tired of all of the government spending and intrusion into their lives. The best way to combat this anger is to say it’s “orchestrated” by the GOP or some other group, which calls into question its legitimacy (yes, I do realize that some of the real grass-roots movements have been co-opted by Fox News and the GOP to promote their own agendas). Failing that, call the protesters racists, right-wing extremists, and anything else you can think of that might be considered an ad hominem attack, requiring no proof to back it up.

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From CNN:

(CNN) — The Senate’s second-ranking Democrat slammed recent town-hall protests over health care on Sunday, insisting they violate “the democratic process,” while the Senate’s top Republican accused Democrats of “attacking citizens” with such complaints.

Speaking to CNN’s “State of the Union,” Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, said: “We have these screaming groups on either side. That isn’t helpful. Let’s be honest about this. Town meetings are not bean bag. I’ve had hundreds of them, and sometimes folks get upset. And that’s part of America, part of our process.

“But this is clearly being orchestrated, and these folks have instructions. They come down from a Texas lobbyist in Washington.”

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