Republican Florida Rep. Allen West attended a town hall meeting in Boca Raton on Tuesday. So did a few mischievous liberal activists.
As reported by Sun Sentinel, it’s pay-back time.
Two years ago — ahead of the embarrassing drubbing Democrats suffered in the 2010 midterms – it was tea party activists infiltrating the town hall gatherings of liberal representatives. You Tube videos from these events flooded the internet, showing flustered, humiliated and sometimes insulting Democrats engaged in heated exchanges with voters regarding their frustration over Obamacare.
However, unlike the spontaneous town hall activities of the tea party that began in 2009, the 2012 liberal offensive is a highly coordinated effort.
Tea party people showed up on impulse and asked personal, unscripted questions. Their liberal counterparts are being prompted to show up by a series of e-mails, which include the town hall location, the name of the Republican representative they plan to target, instructions regarding what kind of signs to bring, directions on how to interrupt the meeting and what questions to ask when they grab the spotlight.
On Tuesday, they also shouted down freshman Orlando Rep. Dan Webster. On Wednesday, they will assail West again at a town hall meeting in Palm Beach County. On Thursday, they’ll take aim at Rep. Tom Rooney.
Unfortunately, Tuesday’s efforts to muddle and embarrass West in Boca Raton backfired — terribly.
As reported by Shark Tank, one of the activists handed West a “pink slip” that stated West “voted to let women die.”
The “vote,” apparently in reference to the Blunt amendment — aimed at exempting religious insitutions from being forced to comply with President Obama’s contraception mandate — took place in the Senate, not the House.
So, responding in classic West style, Shark Tank reported that the quick-witted congressman turned to his wife Angela and asked: “Did you know that I voted to let you die?”
He then tore the “pink slip” into confetti.
Asked if he supported gay marriage, West said no. One woman became so outraged she had to be escorted from the room by police.
This action inspired another heckler to shout: “Why are you travelling with Storm Troopers and Gestapo around you?”
Considering that the whole point of the activist’s presence at the town hall was to intentionally disrupt the meeting, surely this was a rhetorical question.
Shark Tank also reported that another detractor inquired about his Article 15 hearing in the Army.
In 2003, Lt. Col. Allen B. West, 4th Infantry Division, Iraq, was charged under Article 128 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice for “aggravated assault.”
While interrogating an Iraqi detainee — a police officer named Yehiya Kadoori Hamoodi, who was suspected of planning an ambush against West’s unit — West fired his pistol near Hamoodi’s head. The intent was not to injure but to scare the man. It worked. Hamoodi surrendered the names of two other Saddam loyalists. Consequently, their plot to kill troops in West’s unit was thwarted.
”There are rules and regulations, and there’s protecting your soldiers,” The New York Times quoted West saying of the incident back on May 27 2004. ”I just felt I’d never have to write a letter of condolence home to a ‘rule and regulation.’ ”
Almost eight years to the day of making that statement, rather than retreating from the activist’s question bullet about the event, West fired back.
“If you guys want to go back and talk about what happened nine years ago to me,” Shark Tank reported West saying, “let’s talk about the president doing blow.”
That’s what happens when you go messing around with the “Wild, Wild West.”