I attended last evening’s Town Hall meeting with 800 (standing-room only) of my newest best friends! The parade of signs before and after the meeting, complete with cheers pro and con, provided a political equivalent of a Bremerton Cirque de Soleil for the Congressman from 6th District and his passionately well-informed constituents on both sides of the Health Care Reform debate.
What a wonderful 90 minute civil exchange thru Q & A, following Norm’s 10 minute introductory PowerPoint. Those who were “too busy” for such spectacle, in my opinion, missed the opportunity of the season to observe and participate in grass roots politics at its best.
Norm’s most telling moments:
- As a 33-year incumbent, Norm emphatically stated he was against term limits!
- To the HR 3200 proposed “public option” for health care to provide “more competition,” Norm also boomed, “For my entire career I’ve supported a single payer system.”
- And to the final question of the evening asking the Congressman if he and his wife and all 535 members of Congress plus the first family would live under the “public option” and give up their private federal insurance, Norm smiled but declined to answer. To which a repeated chorus sprang up as the Congressman left the stage, “You go first, you go first, you go first…..”
Perhaps 6th District voters were encouraging their Congressman of 33 years to go OR lead by example!
Robert G. Cleaveland