So the town hall “let’s go get yelled at by crazies” gauntlet continues for members of congress. Sen. Claire McCaskill had one yesterday, and this is her take: Really, Sen. McCaskill? Because I think you sounded juuuuussst right:
When a crowd is acting like a bunch of unruly elementary schoolers, the correct approach is to talk to them like they’re one count-to-three away from losing recess. I remember in elementary school, they had a system for dealing with us when we got too loud in the cafeteria. They had the letters R-A-M-S (our mascot) hanging on the wall. If we got too loud, one of the monitors would go remove a letter. If we lost all the letters in one lunch period, we weren’t allowed to talk the rest of the lunch period. This happened VERY rarely. But then again, maybe we elementary schoolers were better behaved than the teabagging health care reform opponents who only want to shut down debate, because they have no actual ideas to contribute to the discussion.
Anyway, don’t feel bad, Sen. McCaskill. You struck exactly the right tone. You go on with your bad self.