House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi really heard it from her base at the Netroots Convention when she tried to defend the indefensible; the NSA surveillance programs.
"People on the far right are saying oh, this is the fourth term of President Bush," the California Democrat said. "Absolutely, positively not so."
As Pelosi was saying the country needs a "balance" between security and privacy, Marc Perkel, a 57-year-old activist from Gilroy, Calif., started shouting at Pelosi during her answer and was escorted out of the room.
"It's not a balance. It's not constitutional!" he yelled. "No secret laws!"
Others in the room began shouting as well, saying things like "Leave him alone!" or "That's what a police state looks like right there!"
The moderator, Zerlina Maxwell, worked to quiet the crowd by saying audience members needed to submit questions via Twitter rather than shouting them out, but Pelosi said she didn't mind.
"I welcome the challenges that people pose because I think that those questions must be answered," Pelosi said.
She was further booed when she said Snowden did break the law by leaking the information he revealed.
"As far as Snowden: he did violate the law in terms of releasing those documents," she said.
Some of the crowd erupted in boos, with one man screaming, "You suck!"
"I look forward to working with all of you," Pelosi continued. "Now that the public knows more - it gives us an opportunity for some of the things we've been advocating for a while."
She continued by saying the real problem is the vast outsourcing of government programs to contractors like Booz Allen Hamilton, where Snowden worked --a line that earned her applause from the audience and allowed her to recover control of the crowd.
"The real problem is outsourcing our national security," she said, to applause from the audience. "When you outsource, you lose a lot of that strength."
They really are overgrown children, aren't they? Pelosi makes a perfectly reasonable statement about Snowden breaking the law and the babies throw a tantrum. The "reality based community" wants to ignore the reality of the law and substitute their emotional needs for logic and reason. Doesn't matter what you think about the NSA, Snowden clearly and by his own admission violated the statutues.
Witness also their emotional reaction to "outsourcing our national security." Just the word "outsourcing" is a dog whistle to these ignoramuses. The fact is, we don't outsource our national security. That's hyperbole. Pelosi talks like a far left blogger, not a leader of a political party.