Rich Galen

At one point, Specter explained that the way he deals with these 1,000 page bills is to split it up amongst the staff and they read sections and report to him.

More boos and jeers.

In the latest Quinnipiak poll Specter is leading his likely GOP challenger in the 2010 Senate race by … one percentage point 45-44. And, according to that poll, by a 49-40 margin Pennsylvanians don't think Specter deserves re-election.

That poll was taken two weeks ago. Sunday's performance will not help.

These things feed on each other. Opponents of the Obama Health Care Plan - whatever it is - will have seen footage of these town halls and will be emboldened to duplicate them.

As other Democrats hear and read about how their colleagues were treated, we will see an avalanche of "scheduling conflicts" as town hall meetings are deleted from schedule after schedule.

No Member of Congress in his or her right mind is going to walk into a meeting knowing that opponents of Obama Care are armed with cell phone video cameras and instructions on how to upload to YouTube.

The Pelosi plan to sell the health care plan will have lasted even less time than the Cash-for-Clunkers program.

This has a real effect on public policy. No amount of arm twisting by the Democratic House leadership and no amount of angry phone calls from White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emmanuel will offset 400 angry constituents at a town hall meeting.

When it comes down to a vote on any meaningful recasting of America's health care system, it is quite likely that a majority of the Members of Congress will "Just Say No!"


Rich Galen

Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at Mullings.com.