White House knee-caps Pelosi, defends GOP mobs

I shouldn’t be surprised, yet still I continue to be. When the Democratic Speaker of the House is being attacked by the right-wing noise machine – attacked for criticizing the GOP mobs who are shutting down the Democratic health care rallies – you defend her if you’re a fellow Democrat. You don’t throw her under the bus and defend the teabagging mob.

At some point, with Obama dropping in the polls and nearly every White House priority seemingly skirting death before eeking out a razor-thin victory – at some point, President Obama just might need the help of the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives. He just might need a few friends who don’t have an R after their name.

Now to the heart of the matter. Pelosi was right. And the White House is wrong. It is un-American for Republican special interests to send fake mobs to disrupt the Democratic process. To stop citizens from being able to meet with their elected officials. As Pelosi wrote this morning in USA Today:

“These disruptions are occurring because opponents are afraid not just of differing views — but of the facts themselves. Drowning out opposing views is simply un-American. Drowning out the facts is how we failed at this task for decades.”

Republicans think freedom of speech means they get to speak, and you get to shut up. Siding with the mobs against Pelosi is just terribly tacky, and terribly unfortunate.

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