One thing I love about town hall meetings is that they reveal how much our media limits, filters, and massages public opinion. Real Americans have strong opinions, often very un-politically correct ones, but they are not heard or not heard with the intensity with which they’re felt due to the media. The media gives obscure liberal views the same billing as their conservative counterparts, and entire swaths of conservative opinion, particularly on foreign policy, racial issues, and immigration are often kept at bay all together.
This is particularly amusing in newspaper comment sections which are free-for-alls complete with nastiness, conspiracy theories, and mutual misunderstanding all around. I distinctly remember this opinion gap during the disastrous town hall meeting the Clintons tried to use to sell the Kosovo War on the Ohio State campus; the pacifist and leftist students went nuts on Madeline Albright, and the entire Clinton team left in ignominy.
I’m of course especially happy when John McCain is made uncomfortable due to his attempts to destroy the American people. He is truly one of the most dangerous and nasty people in public life. May immigration be his Waterloo!