VIDEO- 2009 town hall hecklers redux: David Axelrod press conference sabotaged by Romney supporters


Remember back in 2009 and 2010 when so many town hall meetings were disrupted by tea baggers heckling public officials speaking on health care reform?

on Aug 2, 2009:

Town Hall meeting with HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Senator Arlen Specter at the National Constitution Center in Philly on August 2nd, 2009. Believe it or not, this is well before the crowd got out of hand. Keep an eye out for the lady with the bible.

David Axelrod held a press conference at the Massachusetts Statehouse to draw attention to Willard Romney's record as governor. Hey, somebody has to. Mitt sure won't, and for good reason.

2009, meet 2012 (via Sam Stein at HuffPo):

(Video via, who else but the wonderful )

But before he could get started, the event was sabotaged by a group of Romney supporters and aides who jeered, booed and even blew bubbles into the crowd. Shouts of "four more years" were countered with cries of "five more months." Talk of the president's accomplishments were met with chants of Solyndra and Cory Booker [...]

"Thanks for the bubbles -- it was a hell of a lot better than the smoke Mitt Romney blew at us 10 years ago," said Somerville Mayor Joe Curtatone.

Just as headlines have been monopolized by Donald Trump's bloviating ignoramusitude instead of the message Mitt wanted out there, Axelrod's criticisms of Romney's record in Massachusetts were shoved aside by the heckler story, which is exactly what Team Willard wanted.

Stay tuned for Democratic retaliation, because you just know that's bound to happen.