With all the work that went into the pre-production of David Vitter Presents A Town Hall on Health Care– pre-screening and selecting questions, refusing questions from the media, assembling a panel of like-minded conservatives- you’d think Mr. Vitter would have chosen a different jacket.
In all seriousness, something that has not been reported: According to a friend of mine who was there for the entire production, prior to meeting, outside of the Guinn Auditorium, a small group of protesters (?) chanted, “Kill Nancy Pelosi!” It sure would be nice to locate video footage of this.
Another memorable moment, I’m told, is when one of the panelists declared, “I don’t want someone to decide to end my life before I’m born,” which seems like a koan ripped from the pages of a book of Zen poetry.
You know, the reason why Democratic Town Halls have made news is because they’re actually open to dissenting voices. David Vitter’s version of a Town Hall is exactly like George Bush’s: pre-scripted, pre-selected, and designed to minimize any opposition. Quoting from The Town Talk (bold mine):
The Louisiana Republican spoke at what was billed as a town hall meeting at Louisiana College’s Guinn Auditorium. It was a friendly audience but there was little chance for disagreement to be expressed. The panel of speakers all joined Vitter in opposing the reform package being debated in Congress. Questions from audience members were screened and selected in advance of the event.
Update: ThinkProgress says it better than I can: At Town Hall Meeting With Pre-Screened Questions, Vitter Mocks Democratic Concerns Over Protesters, which includes this video:
Update II: Actually, Greg Peters says it best.