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August 11, 2011 - 11:21 am

Here’s the video, which the “new tone” left that calls the Tea Party “terrorists” will undoubtedly crow about. There’s nothing to crow about, though, unless you enjoy watching an idiot yell at an innocent man.

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On Fox, Megyn Kelly noted its similarity to the 2009 town halls, and surely that’s the look that the Obamabots (you know this is part of the “kill Romney” strategy, right?) were going for.

But here’s why the Gilligan in the hat is such a dope, and why the town hall comparison is wrong.

The 2009 town halls were spontaneous protests against a policy that had not yet been enacted. The town halls were warnings to Congress not to pass ObamaCare because, in the protesters’ view, it would be disastrous for economy and for the country.

The Democrats did not heed those warnings, of course, and ObamaCare was foisted on the nation against majority will. And it’s a disaster.

The town halls were warnings to politicians who ended up doing the exact wrong thing.

This dope yelling at Romney over Social Security is yelling a man who has not formulated any public policy in several years. This is a set-up meant to goad Romney into a fight for video for use now and in ads later. This is political theater at its worst.

Romney handled the set-up pretty well, by the way. Gilligan comes off looking unhinged and discredits himself and whatever point he was trying to make.

Update: Confirmed — Fox reports that Gilligan is part of a group called Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement, which is a Democrat front. This was a set-up.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.
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