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SEIU redefines “drown,” sinks anyway

For the August 6 Healthcare Town Hall Forum in Stamford, CT, featuring Congressman Jim Hines, SEIU members were warned via a memo of “opponents of reform” and were encouraged to “come out in strong numbers to drown out their voices.”

Notwithstanding that last week Nancy Pelosi and Steny Hoyer emphatically argued that “Drowning out opposing views is simply un-American. “Drowning out the facts is how we failed at this task for decades.”

A hat tip goes to Mary Katherine Ham at The Weekly Standard for some splendid sleuthing. In her blog, Ham identified the glaring discrepancy between what Nancy Pelosi considers American and what SEIU considers par for the course, and she provided a screen shot of the original memo, taken yesterday. What a difference a day will make.

This morning apparently, SEIU would like last week’s attendees to change their actions ex post facto. The updated memo for last week’s event now retroactively provides the following guidance: SEIU members should “come out in strong numbers to counter their voices.”

I don’t think last week’s event attendees will get this memo, but I am interested to see what “counter their voices” looks like—or rather—sounds like.

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