When did heckling come back into style?
First it was some jerk making noise during John McCain's Memorial Day Speech -- and now, it seems to be the main tactic of both candidates' supporters for the 2012 election.
Last week, President Obama's senior campaign strategist, David Axelrod, was giving a press conference on the steps of the Massachusetts State House (it was a sort of test balloon for the Obama Campaign's efforts to discredit Mitt Romney's years as Massachusetts Governor). It was also kind of a slap in the face since Boston is the home turf of the Romney campaign. So, some young Romney supporters came out and interrupted David's speech and reporters questions with yells of "Obama Isn't Working," "We want Mitt," and "Where are the jobs?"
The Obama camp called the hecklers "juvenile" and demanded that the Romney campaign apologize. But, when asked for a response, Mitt wasn't in an apologizing mood.
"Many of the events I go to, there are large groups of, if you will, Obama supporters there heckling me," Mitt told reporters during a press conference in California the same day. "And at some point you say, 'You know what, sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander." (We guess this is the high-class/original usage of the colloquialism "What's good for the goose.")
And, Mitt's right.
There are reports documented by reporters of Obama supporters shouting him down during at least one speech with yells of "Four more years!"
Look, we're all for a tough political fighting, but heckling? Come on! It's the 21st century. We have the Internet with Twitter, Facebook and blog post comment sections. Use those, people! It's why they're there.
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