It seems that the GOP organizers of health care astroturf (fake grassroots) activities are terrified that real people will crash their party.
In Mocksville (county seat of deep red Davie County) today, a Foxx event was first postponed by two hours in order to avoid a permitted counter-rally. Then, according to counter-rally organizers, Mocksville police used a flimsy excuse to revoke their permit altogether, and order the small crowd of mostly senior citizens to disburse.
I was not able to attend this event (unlike the one in Winston-Salem on Monday), but I consider the reports I received reliable, and the photos posted on the following blog entry seem eloquent:
There seems to have been substantial fuss on BlueNC earlier today regarding whether a threat against Congressman Brad Miller should have been taken seriously. Apparently, to judge by the Foxx/GOP reaction to a peaceful and lawful protest in Mocksville, THEY think that there's something out there to be afraid of.
Of course, the paranoia level from that crowd is reaching epic proportions. At the Monday event in Winston-Salem, one of the Prosperous Americans participants demanded to know whether I was working for ACORN, and snarled his disbelief when I told him I was not.
On consideration, we may have lucked into the silver bullet for winning elections in difficult districts (like the Fifth Congressional District). Have Democratic pollworkers dress up in acorn suit costumes, like minor league baseball mascots. Judging by their reactions lately, the Republican hard core base voters will be afraid to go past them into the polling places.
Note: I've corrected my post to reflect an updated report on the nature of the Foxx talk, which did not address health care this time. What took place still underscores the point that she and her allies appear frightened of the public's voices on health care, any time it's not an astroturf rally staged by their side.