"a creepy little scene"
"We shouldn't ... have a special-interest group define our stand on choice," said former Rep. Tim Roemer, a Democrat from Indiana, referring to abortion-rights groups such as NARAL Pro-Choice America.
The hissing began at the rear of the room full of Democratic activists and spread throughout the hall. Last week, having failed to gain much support, Roemer dropped out of the race for party chairman.
It was a creepy little scene in a contest marred by behind-the-scenes ugliness, and illustrative of the challenge facing the victor in that race, incoming Democratic chairman Howard Dean.
"Creepy" is the right word to convey the effect of hissing -- all the more so because of the dark thoughts to which it gives expression. It's not as if Roemer attempted a flippancy or a tasteless joke for which the hissing was a kind of retaliation. Clearly Roemer's initiative provoked not fear of argument but hatred of it.
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Posted by: Zoromyster -
Feb. 17, 2005 4:32 PM ET USA
Well, IMO the whole thing is a set up for Hillary to come and rescue the party from the "Radical Left" with her "Middle of the Road Reason" (feel free to use this Hillary) right after the party disintigrates before the eyes of CNN and ABC. My guess is this happens just in time for the 2006 elections -- giving Hillary complete control of the party. There was a reason that the Clintons allowed Dean to take control.
Posted by: Pseudodionysius -
Feb. 17, 2005 12:18 AM ET USA
As in the Passion of the Christ, and Rene Girard, and Dostoevsky's Demons, Satan always surfaces in crowds and mobs. In this case, he blows his cover with his customary hissing sound as he slithers along his belly. Snake eyes.
Posted by: John J Plick -
Feb. 16, 2005 10:57 PM ET USA
I still maintain that they are in love with their sin and are in deadly danger of dying in its embrace. The best option for God fearing men may sadly be to back off slowly and carefully, praying that perhaps some of them might be saved.
Posted by: -
Feb. 16, 2005 12:54 PM ET USA
Interesting that leftists show off their cameradery by fad behavior in public. I'm reminded of the obviously scripted clap-clap-laugh that radical feminists so tiresomely trot out at their rallies as a response to every anti-male jibe from the podium. Now the Dems seem to have discovered the hiss. They used it against W when he spoke of the need to reform Social Security.
Posted by: -
Feb. 16, 2005 9:30 AM ET USA
According to Aristotle, constitutional government is corrupted eventually by democracy which is mob rule directed by a corrupted elite. In America, it is here.
Posted by: patriot6908 -
Feb. 16, 2005 8:50 AM ET USA
With the new Bolsheviks gaining control of much of the Democratic Party chaired by an obnoxious hysteric, what is left for them but to drum out or marginalize even minor voices of sanilty. The whole scenario becomes creepier by the day as voices of reason and dialogue are replaced by thoughts, speech and actions that goose-step into the future.