Last Monday, Scott DesJarlais had a townhall meeting in Murfreesboro. Eleven-year-old Josie Molina took the opportunity to ask DesJarlais about her father, who is currently in deportation proceedings. Over at Raw Story, they tell what happened next:
During a question and answer session at the meeting, Molina stepped up to the microphone and, with a quavering voice, asked, “Mr. DesJarlais, I have papers, but I have a dad who’s undocumented. What can I do to have him stay with me?”
Rather than make any attempt to assuage the girl’s fears, DesJarlais said, “Thank you for being here and thank you for coming forward and speaking,” but “the answer still kind of remains the same, that we have laws and we need to follow those laws and that’s where we’re at.”
The tea party crowd whooped and applauded wildly as the little girl took her seat, head down.
Here's what I wonder — when you're standing in front of an angry mob, delivering bad news to a child, and the crowd starts cheering, do you get afraid? It's easy enough to imagine how Josie felt. But when you're Scott DesJarlais, do you wonder about being in the front of a crowd like that? I don't know. I've never tried to rile a crowd's worse impulses and focus them to my political ends. Maybe you wouldn't do it if you had any fear of how it might backfire on you.
But if there's one place I wouldn't want to be, it's in front of a crowd that delights in the suffering of children.