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Is This the Start of the End of the Class of 2006?

One thing I’ve been wondering as the August town halls have been going on is if this is the moment we finally see the end of the House Class of 2006.  For the first time, it’s those Democrats — elected under the banner of an unpopular war run by an unpopular President — finally don’t have him to use as the political weapon of last resort.  We’ve seen it up in Green Bay with Steve Kagen, who now has to be reduced to holding union-organized and Democratic-funded “town halls” which in fact are nothing short of campaign rallies to boost the man’s legendary ego.

Take Kagen’s classmate Carol Shea-Porter (D) of the 1st Congressional District of New Hampshire who threw someone out of her town hall — BY POLICE FORCE — why?  Because the guy didn’t have a ticket to ask a question.

Who knew democracy worked like a deli counter?

It’s truly amazing to watch people like Shea-Porter, who was once seen as one of the righteous barbarians crashing the gates suddenly seize power and then slam the door in the face of those who put her there.

In four short years Carol Shea-Porter has evolved from a rabble-rousing, town hall disrupting anti-war activist who once had to be forcibly removed from a President George Bush event in Portsmouth to a Member of Congress who instructed armed security guards to remove a frustrated voter from her own town hall event in Manchester on Saturday.

In the appended video, Shea-Porter can be seen instructing security to remove a man for standing to ask a question without a ticket. Shea-Porter previously held a lottery to determine who could ask questions. She can also be heard taunting the man on his way out by saying, “I do hope the movie theater can be a little quieter for you.”

Things seem to only be getting interesting for members of the Congressional Class of 2006 if you ask me.

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  • kneenor

    Heard “rumor” yesterday of another possible candidate against Kagen. If this guy does decide to jump in he will be a heavy hitter, he's got name recognition, comes from conservative district. He could pose the most serious challenge to Kagen. What we don't know is how much money the RNC will put into this race. They supported a loosing candidate 2 times, won't support a 3rd run by Gard plus RNC contributions are way down, people are still angry and holding onto their checkoboks not willing to write that check until they see something substantial from the Republicans.
    The roofer guy, Reed doesn't even live in the 8th. I read this weeks ago, the Dems already have this knock on him and will make a big deal about it if he moves into the district.

  • kneenor

    Heard “rumor” yesterday of another possible candidate against Kagen. If this guy does decide to jump in he will be a heavy hitter, he's got name recognition, comes from conservative district. He could pose the most serious challenge to Kagen. What we don't know is how much money the RNC will put into this race. They supported a loosing candidate 2 times, won't support a 3rd run by Gard plus RNC contributions are way down, people are still angry and holding onto their checkoboks not willing to write that check until they see something substantial from the Republicans.
    The roofer guy, Reed doesn't even live in the 8th. I read this weeks ago, the Dems already have this knock on him and will make a big deal about it if he moves into the district.