Ok, I was there. I know what happened. There were NO signs allowed in our townhall yesterday. There were large signs informing people that there were no signs allowed. In spite of the rules, several women walked down the aisle of the event, near the end of the townhall proudly displaying their signs. Hundreds of people had been told they could not bring their signs in and were forced to go back to their cars to store them before the event. Honestly it did appear the women were spoiling for a fight. Obviously, when people saw them with their signs they got upset. I called the women out on it from the podium and they sat down and put their signs away and one of them said they were sorry. But there was some jawing that continued even after they sat down. The rest you see on the tape. No way that the man should have ever taken it upon himself to grab her sign. Very wrong. When he did there was a brief dust up, and law enforcement( the great Sheriff Boyer’s Department) quickly removed both the man, and the women. He was arrested. I have no idea whether the women intended to cause a problem, or what was in the man’s heart. I just know that I’m sad that way too much time has been spent on those 3 minutes and not enough time on the other 117minutes.
McCaskill making a really good point here at the end (emphasis mine)… we should be paying attention to what was said during the town hall and not the fact that some folks got riled up and messed with each other, as stupid as that may be. All sorts of people have been getting riled up at these things. Health care is a very personal contentious issue and people have strong opinions, but that fact alone is not worth paying attention to, what matters is what the plan can and will mean for the quality of health care that Americans can receive.