Eyewitness Report from Kittanning, PA Specter Town Hall, 8/13/2009Submitted by Meistersinger on Fri, 08/14/2009 - 21:16
Here is a link to a Youtube video in which I appear. I emerge from the crowd about the three minute mark wearing my Ron Paul shirt. Can you tell I had fun? Still hoarse today.
From what I saw and heard it all went down like this: the ACORN busses were scheduled to arrive at the meeting at 1 PM (2 hours early) in order to fill up seats in the meeting room (which only had seating for 200) before any locals could show up. But public mailing lists can be a two-edged sword, which the ACORNs discovered when a number of local folks got wind of the ACORN plan and showed up to get in line as early as 7 AM. That's one of the advantages that us regular folks have against the astro-turf groups like ACORN -- because we are local it's very easy for us to mosey on down the street to the meeting place at whatever hour we please and to pass our time visiting with our neighbors as we wait in line.
To cut to the chase, the locals got in and most of the ACORNs didn't, about two dozen of them were left to fend for themselves amongst a crowd of over 1,000 locals.
Here are some comments and a link to a dailykos thread in which one of the Obamaites bemoans the reception he and his companions received:
"went to Specter's Kittanning, PA town hall ... there was nothing but wingers outside ... Pro reformers were virtually nonexistent, surrounded and backed into a corner to hold out on a narrow concrete staircase ...Ugly, ugly crowd. 99% white and old. Lots of "Don't tread on me flags," ... Heard of a few minor incidents that police broke up but nothing major. Talked to someone who was in the midst of the mob and said that wingers were deliberately trying to provoke ppl...It was very dispiriting, to say the least.
It's an absolute disaster ... We had no chance in the parking lot. It was like Helm's Deep only Gandalf doesn't show. I have a feeling that are ppl got inside and that it was far less contentious inside. But I haven't seen any reports about it yet. It was an ugly scene for our side. Reformers I talked to were very demoralized from the experience."