The day is August 18th, 2009. The country has been overtaken by a virulent strain of Town Hall Fever. All across the nation, otherwise polite and mild-mannered citizens are descending like zombies upon congressional district town hall meetings intent on yelling and screaming and disrupting proceedings. All for… some end or other. Who knows? The rationale is somewhat inscrutable.
But tonight, in this small hall in Massachusetts's 4th district, snark history is about to be made. Rachel Brown — a young political devotee of left-wing extremist Lyndon LaRouche — waits in a queue of people, photo of President Obama with a Hitler mustache in hand, for her chance to speak to her representative, outspoken House veteran Barney Frank. The line moves. It moves again. She's getting closer. And closer. Finally, the microphone is just before her quivering lips.
"Why do you continue to support a Nazi policy as Obama has expressly supported this policy?" she manages to get out before Rep. Frank interrupts.
"When you ask me that question, I'm going to revert to my ethnic heritage and ask you a question. On what planet do you spend most of your time?" Frank says. "You stand there with a picture of the president defaced to look like Hitler and compare the effort to increase health care to the Nazis… Trying to have a conversation with you would be like trying to argue with a dining room table. I have no interest in doing it."
Wild applause from the room. The internet is in no time resplendent with dining room table jokes. Frank later agrees to an hour-long public conversation with said dining room table.
Tags: Barney Frank, House of Representatives, Lyndon Larouche, Massachusetts, Nazis, Rachel Brown, Snark Week
It appears that I owe a huge, huge apology to the crazy lady in the Barney Frank town hall video from earlier today.
I had inaccurately assumed that she was an idiot Fox News-watching Republican. But it turns out that she's an idiot Lyndon LaRouche-reading Democrat. Whoops!
This is so embarrassing for me. I really hate confusing one type of reckless moron who lives outside of reality with another type of reckless moron who lives outside of reality.
Like, one time I saw this guy on the street screaming about how the president lied to us and is conspiring with foreign powers to kill Americans, and I said, "Look at that stupid Truther," and my friend said, "That's not a Truther. That's a Birther," and then I was like, "I am so sorry for making that egregious error." And then I cried.
Tags: Barney Frank, Birthers, Conspiracies, Democrats, Health Care, House of Representatives, Lyndon Larouche, Rachel Brown, Truthers
Consumer-watchdog-cum-political-fly-in-the-ointment Ralph Nader has surprised no one by announcing that he's launched an exploratory committee for another independent White House bid.
Nader says a 2008 run depends on his fundraising ability. Meanwhile, political pundits are split over which candidate Nader's campaign would hurt more, Mike Gravel or Lyndon Larouche.
Tags: Lyndon Larouche, Mike Gravel, Ralph Nader