More signs of panic, as Dems desperately seek to limit the damage from their health care takeover gambit. CBS TV reports:
In New York, Democratic Rep. Anthony Weiner's staffers tried to bar WCBS cameras from covering his town hall Wednesday night. Later, the congressman himself insisted that "this isn't for channel 2. This is for my constituents," even as the station noted that the event was a public forum.
Weiner eventually relented and let cameras into what turned out to be raucous affair.
It is understandable that Weiner would not a public record of his startling admission. AT correspondent Jack Kemp reports:
Update from Rosslyn Smith:
"Neither my plan (Weiner's single payer version) or the Obama plan have 218 House votes or 50 Senate votes."
These are Representative Anthony Weiner's (D-NY) words, in the middle of his Town Hall question and answer session Wednesday night at Local Union #3, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers hall.
If this is true, then the Democrats don't have the votes for reconciliation or to stop a filibuster. Quite an admission. I hope it is the case.
Rep. Weiner, who also stated that he believes the version of the healthcare bill Pres. Obama prefers doesn't go far enough, seemed to be separating himself from the coattails of the President. When asked if he would "sign the Obama plan" of the bill, he answered, "I No, I probably wouldn't." This was followed by New York Tea Party co-founder Kellen Giuda saying, "Yes you will" and a number of other conservatives in the hall loudly voicing the same sentiments.
How widespread is the anger over the proposed health care bill? The New York Daily News reports on this meeting with Rep. Anthony Weiner at a Brooklyn senior citizen center.
One senior wanted to know how the government would pay for a program to cover some 47 million uninsured Americans.
"Where are the doctors and nurses going to come from to cover all these new people?" he asked.
Sheryl Debling, who declined to give her age, but was not a member of the senior center, came to the meeting to get some answers.
"Where is the money going to come from?" she asked. "You are bankrupting our country. You guys are crooks."
"You have a lot of good talking points," Weiner told her, clearly frustrated.
JamieWearingFool notes that before Weiner the district was represented by Chuck Shumer and has this warning:
Here you have a man whose entire career is based on focus group talking points and tired liberal cliches whining that someone is using talking points, as if a constituent who's speaking his or her mind is carefully coached on what to say in public like Weiner is.
The Democrats are playing a very dangerous game here with the constant references to people being un-American, racist and evil-mongers, all simply for exercising their freedom of speech.
To give credit where it is due, at least Wiener is meeting with constituents on the issue.
Instead, they will be touring the state and soliciting opinions in more informal settings. During recess, as he does every year, Sen. Schumer will be in over 20 counties across New York City and state talking with thousands of constituents, discussing the issues that are important to them," Schumer spokesman Josh Vlasto said. Glen Caplin, a spokesman for Gillibrand, said she will hold "Senate at your supermarket" events, a custom she began as an upstate congresswoman.
Gillibrand may find out the potatoes in the produce section suddenly got very hot, indeed.