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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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The good news is, according to Gallup, less than 0.5% of Republicans feel that Sarah Palin speaks for them.

That means that of the 1,015 national adults who were asked who speaks for the GOP, Newport said, less than five people cited Palin. [snip] What makes this striking is that Palin has gotten far more media exposure (though hardly always favorable) than any other prospective 2012 GOP candidate, with the possible exception of Gingrich. Palin is frequently quoted in the media attacking Obama, or doing something that resembles attacking Obama, at any rate. But no one associates her with leadership qualities or sees her as speaking for the party.

Anyone else feeling relieved?

The bad news is, that the top three people who Republicans feel do represent them are Rush Limbaugh, Newt Gingrich and Dick Cheney.

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Actually, now that I think about it, this may be good news after all. I mean, come on. If these guys are the bright, shining stars of the GOP, I don’t think Democrats have anything to worry about.

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The GOP Has Killed Us All

No, not really, but if the world does succumb to a world-wide pandemic like the swine flu, we can always blame this lady:

Famously, Maine Senator Collins, the supposedly moderate Republican who demanded cuts in health care spending in exchange for her support of a watered-down version of the stimulus, fumed about the pandemic funding: “Does it belong in this bill? Should we have $870 million in this bill No, we should not.”

Even now, Collins continues to use her official website to highlight the fact that she led the fight to strip the pandemic preparedness money out of the Senate’s version of the stimulus measure.

Huffington Post, 4/27/09

Way to go, GOP. You’ve killed us all.

(Please don’t leave nasty comments, I’m just kidding. I mean, if you can’t laugh over the demise of our world as we know it, what can you laugh about?)

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