The disruptions mentioned in the article are happening during a period of (relatively) positive social mood as people release the tension that built up from the ugly declines last year. That said, most folks out there know, deep down, that it is all coming apart at the seams:
Town Halls Gone Wild
Alex Isenstadt, POLITICO on Yahoo!
Screaming constituents, protesters dragged out by the cops, congressmen fearful for their safety — welcome to the new town-hall-style meeting, the once-staid forum that is rapidly turning into a house of horrors for members of Congress.
On the eve of the August recess, members are reporting meetings that have gone terribly awry, marked by angry, sign-carrying mobs and disruptive behavior. In at least one case, a congressman has stopped holding town hall events because the situation has spiraled so far out of control...
The language used here is fascinating:
- Screaming constituents
- Cops dragging out people
- Fearful Congressmen (after the way they've "led" the country over the last 20 years, it took them long enough)
- The "situation has spiraled so far out of control" for the would-be Powers That Be.
You think you are vast and powerful while riding the Tiger when said Tiger is headed in the direction you think he ought.
When the Tiger of social mood makes it known that he is the one who decides on the direction, the former Masters of the Universe find out that if they fight it, they'll wind up on the ground and this Tiger is hungry for blood. Good luck with that.
Expect more of this. Expect Congressfolk to wall themselves off totally from the unsanitized public. Expect laws that forbid criticism of government decisions and expect the political edifice constructed during the past few hundred years to be shaken to the foundation stones.