The Crazy Healthcare Protests Have Worked

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We’d like to know what Alexis de Tocqueville would’ve said about the healthcare protests, and the ability to sway public opinion by showing up at a townhall and shouting down the speaker.

Apparently it’s an effective tactic.

USA Today: The raucous protests at congressional town-hall-style meetings have succeeded in fueling opposition to proposed health care bills among some Americans, a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll finds — particularly among the independents who tend to be at the centre of political debate

In a survey of 1,000 adults taken Tuesday, 34% say demonstrations at the hometown sessions have made them more sympathetic to the protesters’ views; 21% say they are less sympathetic.

Independents by 2-to-1, 35%-16%, say they are more sympathetic to the protesters now.

Here’s the thing. It’s all about a handful of Democrats who are on the fence with this stuff. Either they want to pass a bill they believe in or they don’t. If otherwise pro-reform Democrats are swayed because of a few polls or some raucus town halls, they’re not really leaders.

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