"Two dozen protesters picketed … in downtown Manchester carrying signs telling Congress to stop scaring people and to leave health care alone … Security pulled a Londonderry man out of the forum for continually interrupting Shea-Porter and others," the Union-Leader reported on clueless NH Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter's out-of-control town hall meeting last summer. Now she's up for re-election in the wake of the Brown Revolution and fleeing her constituents for a posh fundraiser in Boston with Nancy Pelosi tomorrow at The Liberty Hotel (above), "as it is now ironically known," a 300-room luxury hotel retrofitted into the historic Charles Street Jail.
"The unifying message is opposition to Mr. Obama's dependency agenda and Washington's grab for more money and power," say the WSJ editors in "A Tale of Two Governors." But "framing the election as one of insiders vs. outsiders misses the real point," adds Investor's Business Daily:
Perry's victory shows that voters want conservatives — real ones, non-compromisers — and leaders with track records. That's who's winning elections now.
Meanwhile Democrat leaders, in a mood to ram unwanted things down the nation's throat — because, as the president, flanked by men and women in white coats, assured us with a straight face yesterday "I don't know how this plays politically, but I know it's right" — seem determined to take no prisoners, including their own cannon fodder foot soldiers. Which brings us to the Nancy Pelosi Suicide Watch. The Speaker's coming to Bean Town tomorrow to raise funds for Carol Shea-Porter, the sad little sack of a New Hampshire Congresswoman who famously gave one of her own constituents a personal police escort out of a Manchester town hall meeting last August because she couldn't handle dissent. The Union Leader reports:
State GOP spokesman Ryan Williams said Shea-Porter's campaign is "sputtering," and, "Nancy will do anything to keep one of her most loyal sock puppets in the Congress."
"This is a nice reward for Shea-Porter's unwavering loyalty to Nancy Pelosi's tax-and-spend agenda," added the National Republican Congressional Committee.
Former Manchester Mayor Frank Guinta is a good listener, says Granite Stater Amy Kane (see below). He's challenging Pelosi pick Rep. Carol Shea-Porter for NH 01. Photo from Guinta's Facebook page. He tweets too, but not enough. We'll have to nudge him about that. He might turn out to be one of the "strategic small-government candidates, not parties" we'll be supporting this election season.
A Martha Coakley moment for those whose ears are deaf to the vox populi? Ask Shea-Porter challenger, former Manchester Mayor Frank Guinta, "calm, respectful, and good at letting people have their say," in the words of Granite Stater and fellow tea partier/blogger/good friend Amy Kane. She had the scoop the day after Shea-Porter's disastrous town hall. Nancy Pelosi and friends still don't get it, but "That's who's winning elections now."
Ed Morrissey has more, including a toe-curling video clip featuring constituents groaning at Shea-Porter's proud boast of a 90% "rating" with the president: "How not to run for Congress, 2010 version."
Update: Video (h/t Amy Kane): "Shea-Porter sneaks into fundraiser with Pelosi via backdoor."
Update II: Amy Kane links with a fun and funny post of her own:
Shea-Porter who, prior to her election in 2008, served as a rowdy townhall-disrupting, waffle-hat-making, war-protesting, "Turn Your Back On Bush" t-shirt-wearing grassroots activist and community organizer, slipped in the back door of the Liberty Hotel to avoid a group of demonstrators protesting spending and the health care bill.