Skip to comments.Video: Hecklers try to climb onstage at Ryan event in Iowa ("Are you going to cut Medicare?")
Posted on 08/13/2012 2:52:33 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
If only his party affiliation were different, this would be a shining lesson for the media in how a rotten tone set at the top can drive the rank-and-file over the edge. Ah well.
Handled with aplomb by the candidate, but still uncomfortable to watch:
Ryan had barely begun speaking when a woman shouted, "Are you going to cut Medicare?"
Two women rushed the stage, and one was apparently arrested by three Iowa State Patrolmen after getting on stage with a banner.
"Woah...hey...alright...she must not be from Iowa," said a dumbfounded Ryan as the woman got on stage.
The officers bounded out from behind the stage to pull her down, saying "She just punched a volunteer."
As the boss emeritus notes on Twitter, USA Today describes the crowd reaction today as "spirited." More from Jim Geraghty, who's seen the Democrats run enough plays over the years that he can predict their defensive set for Ryan:
In the national media narrative perhaps best illustrated by the shorthand of Jay Lenos monologue, which presumes that the audience has the barest-bone familiarity with national figures every Republican figure is reduced to one of three things: Old, stupid, or evil.
George H.W. Bush: Old. Dan Quayle: Stupid. Newt Gingrich: Evil. Pat Buchanan: Evil. Bob Dole: Old. George W. Bush: Stupid. Dick Cheney: Old and evil. John McCain: Old. Sarah Palin: Stupid...
Because Paul Ryan isnt old, we will see an effort to paint him as either stupid or evil. You and I know that painting Paul Ryan as stupid is like trying to paint Bill Clinton as chaste. But we have also witnessed the rapid definition of an unknown Republican figure four years ago, and we know that right now, every Democratic official, commentator, talking head, and more than a few reporters awaken this morning with a new mission in life: define Paul Ryan.
He’s got to be evil, if only by process of elimination. The angry spectacle here makes me wonder whether hecklers might play a part in O’s strategy to define Ryan out of the chute over the next few weeks. The people in the clip appear to be freelancers — they’re the same progressive group that heckled Romney in Iowa last year — but that doesn’t mean the next hecklers have to be. Remember, according to no less than Nancy Pelosi, the people who showed up at the Democrats’ health-care townhalls in August 2009 to complain were astroturfers whose job was to create a false perception of popular opposition to ObamaCare. (Three years later, popular opposition to ObamaCare is a political fact of life.) This is how the Democratic leadership thinks. They’d like nothing more, I’m sure, than to see some irate protesters getting in Ryan’s face over Medicare at one of his events so that the media has a piece of useful viral vid to run with, and we already know how low Democratic campaigns are willing to stoop to harass Republican candidates. So why not send out some boisterous hecklers, to convince undecideds that this Paul Ryan character they’re hearing about is evidently so evil that average Americans might be driven into a sputtering rage by hearing him talk about premium support? It’s sound optics and efficient demagoguery. O’s inner circle might not be good at governing, but they’re good at that at least.
Exit question from the Obama campaign’s Tumblr account: “In case you missed all the excitement this weekend: Meet Paul Ryan, who is actually the worst.”
the occupy roadshow?
Ryan needs to be faster on his feet..
You come up to me and ask “ARE YOU GOING TO CUT MEDICARE!?!?!?”
My reply would be “Why? Obama already did!”
Democrat women need to get out of the gutter ...
This “woman” got inches away from Ryan. There was another protestor who also said “We love dead Republicans” this is what we are dealing with here. Obama’s minions know they are months away from losing and it isnt going to be pretty. Obama’s zombies would rather burn this country to the ground than lose this election
LOL - the guttersnip punched a volunteer? It’s going to be an interesting election... I assume the MSM will give these ‘ladies’ a pass...
Astro turf, SEIU, Pro Obamacare townhall rioters, probably being paid left over porculus money.
I was thinking more along the lines of spanked and sent to bed without supper...
Heckler gets up on the stage they are inviting a knock down, not a clever repartee.
I don’t think these types of disruptors will help the dems at all, they will build sympathy for Ryan and contempt for radicals.
Paul Ryan may have some debateable ideas on medicare, but just maybe the American people are starting to ask where we get these characters who scream and yell at him or even try to storm the stage.
The more they hate him, the better I like him.
The leftist are just filled with seething hate.
“Ryan needs to be faster on his feet..
You come up to me and ask ARE YOU GOING TO CUT MEDICARE!?!?!?
My reply would be Why? Obama already did!”
You are exactly right. Why is the Romney campaign on the defensive on this issue? The Obamacare bill has cut Medicare by over $700 million. Romney and Ryan should be running on the “save Medicare” platform and taking the issue straight to the Democrats.
How many independents did this act of stupidity turn away?
This kind of action only serves to energize the conservative base EVEN MORE!!!
Excellent suggestion. I just wish the Republicans would listen to it.
Where’s Secret Service?
This kind of stuff doesn’t sit well with Americans. That’s why I expect that the DBM will not show any of it in prime time. Just like they avoided showing the worst of OWS.
“I dont think these types of disruptors will help the dems at all, they will build sympathy for Ryan and contempt for radicals.”
Agreed. Dims on crazy pills is not going to go over well with the suburban and senior voters who will decide this election.
Look folks, Governor Scott Walker and several GOP Senators were exposed to the same lowlife, Democrat, Obamabot, dirt bags in his recall election in Wisconsin. the union thugs and gangsters pulled the same disgusting act. But......the people and voters of Wisconsin would have none of it!!! Believe me this hurts Obama and the Democrat Party more then it hurts Romney/Ryan.our lives!!!
Shades of 1930s Germany and the “Hitler” “Brown Shirts”. Make no mistake about it Adolf Hitler and Barack Hussein Obama are cut from the same cloth. America, wake up, or these protester, dirt bags, will be ruling you, your children and your lives!!! America should hang its head in shame.
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