CLASSY…. I suppose it’s safe to say we won’t be hearing the phrase “compassionate conservatism” again anytime soon.

Supporters and opponents of health care reform assembled outside Rep. Mary Jo Kilroy’s (D-Ohio) office yesterday, at times leading to heated exchanges between the two groups. Reader B.T. was on hand for gathering, and sent me this clip, originally published by the Columbus Dispatch.

If you can’t watch videos on your work computer, the clip shows a man holding a sign, explaining that he has Parkinson’s and needs health care reform to pass. When he sat on the pavement near the reform opponents, a conservative activist proceeded to lecture the man: “You’re looking for a hand-out, you’re in the wrong end of town. Nothing for free over here, you have to work for everything you get.”

Another far-right protestor mocked the man, dropping a dollar bill on him, saying, “I’ll pay for this guy. Here you go. Start a pot.” Throwing another wadded bill, the protestor added, “I’ll decide when to give you money. Here’s another one, here you go.” A moment later, he shouted at the man sitting on the street: “No more hand-outs.”

Someone in the crowd is also heard saying, “You love a communist.”

I know Limbaugh thinks it’s appropriate to mock people with Parkinson’s, but this was just painful to watch.

Here’s hoping Mary Jo Kilroy was paying close attention, and realizes that those doing the mocking aren’t going to vote for her anyway.

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