If you haven't been following the Town Hall traveling circus, the man in the wheelchair is Kenneth Gladney, a conservative black man from St. Louis who showed up to protest health care reform, the kind of reform that would cover people who were laid off without insurance.
People like Kenneth Gladney.
The Mighty Wurlitzer of right wing media has made a hero out of Kenny, claiming he was beaten by union supporters of reform. Fox News has practically orgasmed over the opportunity to:
1. Add more noise to the health care debate
2. Show a genuine black conservative who is not Michael Steele
3. Wring their hands over an oppressed minority - a first!
4. Say the words "union thugs" over and over
5. Pretend to champion free speech
Before some Anonymous asshat accuses me of being selective in my support of dissent, I'm not a fan of silencing anyone. I'm old enough to remember when New York hardhats waded into a group of anti-Vietnam war protesters, beating them bloody. I didn't like it then and I don't like it now.
So while I'm angry that anybody gets roughed up for exercising their First Amendment rights, this story is yet another shining example of a Republican working against his own best interests.
And irony? Lady, you're soaking in it.
So far, no reports that Rupert Murdoch has ponied up for Kenny's medical bills.
For those who haven't seen the assault, you can see it here, although it's not very clear what happened, it is pretty clear that Gladney's OK. That is until he gets a lawyer who sees a chance to wring a few bucks out of Kenny's 15 minutes.
And that my friends, is truly the American way.