Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) who went through a pretty tough town hall herself — told CNN tonight that it was "irresponsible" for Democratic Rep. David Scott (D-GA) to blame racism for some of the town hall anger across the nation.
"I think that is irresponsible to say," McCaskill said on 'Anderson Cooper 360' Wednesday night. "There may be individual instances of that but there are a whole lot of people who are frustrated ... but I'm not sure if it would be accurate to make that about race."
Scott, who is black, had a fairly confrontational town hall earlier this week where he shouted back at a doctor in the audience who challenged him. The next day the sign for Scott's Atlanta area office had a swastika painted on it.But you have to believe that some racism, along with some who think Obama is not a U.S. Citizen ( I'm talking about the "Birthers" ) are also part of the craziness you have seen at town hall meetings across the country, you think. It's not all about the healthcare reform. Folks out there don't take time to look at the bill themselves & instead sit on the tails & listen to staunch critics (mainly untra-conservatives on Talk Radio & Fox News ). They sit there & listen to all of this crap & it gets them riled up & angry of the president & healthcare reform. And there are still left over resentment from the 2008 campaign where false rumors about Obama was being spreaded by fringe elements.
Another thing that alarms me. Where are the African-Americans. At all of these townhall meetings you hardly see any african-americans in the audience. They need to have their voices heard on this issue as well. I have my issues about the plan as well, but I don't have the anger that alot of these opponents of the bill have. Some of the anger you see is rea, but some of it is fake or manufactured. I still think reform will happen this year, but not the kind of reform the president & the liberals want.