Red Meat for the Crowds

by Ben Cohen

Matt Osborne on a healthcare town hall meeting in Alabama with Parker Griffith (D-AL):

Give Parker Griffith (D-AL) his props. He knew exactly what kind of a

crowd to expect, and he had a strategy to win them over early: throw

red meat.

Before a packed Norton Auditorium on the campus of the University of

North Alabama, Griffith expressed his concern that illegal aliens would

be eligible for the public option in H.R. 3200 — a long dismissed falsehood.

The first-term congressman later spoke of closing off the Mexican

border. Over the course of the town hall, he made a series of such

spurious statements, each time winning the audience’s agreement.

The wolves’ hunger satisfied, Griffith won their attention with the

story of a patient’s three-year losing battle with stage three breast


The patient had waited too long to seek treatment because she lacked health insurance.

Griffith then explained the health insurance exchange. Hoisting the

House legislation in the air, he drew applause and laughter when he

remarked that it weighed forty pounds.

With Democrats like this, who need Republicans?

Ben Cohen is the editor and founder of The Daily Banter. He lives in Washington DC where he does podcasts, teaches Martial Arts, and tries to be a good father. He would be extremely disturbed if you took him too seriously.