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August 15, 2009

Old Narrative: Town Hall Protesters Don’t Matter Because They Are Too Well Dressed. New Narrative: Town Hall Protesters Are Trashy Dressers, Probably Live In Trailers Or Something.

From Brooks Brothers mobs to Wal-Mart Trash in two short weeks!

Any port in a storm for a sinking ship I guess.

But lawmakers have also had to deal with innumerable folks who believe that the legitimacy of their protests over reform will be determined solely by their lung capacity. The louder and more obnoxious the scream, the more their message will register with the power brokers in the nation's capital -- or at least that is the thinking. There is, of course, a smidge of logic to this strategy. After all, if the squeaky wheel gets the grease, then perhaps the bellowing citizen can influence policy.

In the meantime, however, the ugly-American images coming out of these town hall shouting matches resonate in a way that does the nation no favors. It highlights the obvious disconnect between the politicians and the people they represent. The photographs do particular damage to the protesters who aim to make a convincing argument that their position is both logical and righteous. But it is hard to have faith in the cool syllogism of someone whose face is scrunched into a road map of rage.

By and large, the shouters are dressed in a way that underscores their Average Guy -- or Gal -- bona fides.

"[T]heir Average Guy -- or Gal -- bona fides?" Er, maybe that’s because they are average people who are genuinely pissed off?

Perhaps the people who are so concerned with elevating “the tone of the debate” could move past trivializing it by worrying so much about who is wearing what and why.

It seems the debate will be better served by focusing on things like Obama’s continuing lies.


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