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Angry protesters screamed, yelled and banged on windows as officers hurried to guard the entrances to the facility, where U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor was trying to discuss the various health care reform proposals being debated in Congress. One photojournalist said that a fistfight broke out inside the building, reports WTSP.

[H]undreds of vocal critics turned out, many of them saying they had been spurred on through the Tampa 912 activist group promoted by conservative radio and television personality Glenn Beck. Others had received e-mails from the Hillsborough Republican party that urged people to speak out against the plan and offered talking points to challenge supporters.

Whichever Republican leader stands up first and condemns the violence and hatred arising from the right will win the hearts and minds of not only moderate Republicans but many Independents as well. What this situation needs is a calm, rational person from within that can settle everyone down and lead the country in a reasonable, intelligent debate.

I was wondering this morning why President Obama hasn’t stood up and asked everyone to take a breath and chill out, and then I realized that it wouldn’t matter. It’d be like the substitute teacher who has already lost control of the class asking the unruly kids to sit down and be quiet. More than likely, the teacher would be pelted with spitballs and paper airplanes. What we need is for one of the kids to speak up and say, “Hey, let’s relax, everyone. Let’s listen to what he has to say.”

So, who’s it going to be? Palin? No way. She’s as polarizing as it gets. She has built her career on whipping up crowds and using fear to motivate her supporters. Romney? Maybe. I haven’t heard much from him lately. Actually, now that I think about it, I haven’t heard anyone speaking out against the town hall takeovers. Especially not Republicans.

So now we wait. It will probably get worse unless someone in the GOP stands up against it. It’s only a matter of time before one of them realizes that this is a golden opportunity to be the voice of reason and a strong contender for the Presidency.

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