Conservative talk radio host, Dom Giordano (@DomShow1210) of 1210 WPHT, hosted an open town hall forum with Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett last night at the Philadelphia Museum of Art to spark candid conversation about controversies affecting Pennsylvania constituents in an informal setting.
But the City of Brotherly Love took the narrative in a more un-loving direction.
Out of a crowd of roughly 60, a majority of the audience members began to rise up in protest against Corbett on issues ranging from welfare spending, Marcellus shale, the defunding of education, and — you guessed it — Penn State.
From what was gathered by reports on the scene, presumed civil discourse dissolved into a chaotic shouting match where the governor’s right wing talking points were met with scathing hostility from the citizens baring the brunt of the Republican party’s witch hunt against entitlements.
In the words of John F. Kennedy, “Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.”
At one point, police were actually forced to remove disgruntled audience members to regain some semblance of order. But though the crowd dwindled to 40% of its original occupancy, an onslaught of resentment continued to interrupt the governor’s dialog.
“The number one strategy is to try to get everyone a job,” said Corbett according to the Twitter feed of @PhillyWeekly reporter, Tara Murtha (@taramurtha). “Good job,” shouts out a member of the crowd in a biting response. “Yes, a good job,” Corbett answers, his customary arrogant demeanor unwavering.
For a governor with an approval rating below 30%, this seems like a fitting reception. And in a state where Penn State diplomas are as ubiquitous as bars and churches, Corbett’s tumultuous tenure on the Board of Trustees was a present flammable in the populist fires of revolt.
“Ask him what he knew about Second Mile,” shouted a protestor before he was escorted from the premise by police.
Evan Ponter is a peace-loving hippie who loves to protest, break shit and piss off police. He can be reached on Twitter at @EvanPonter or caught enticing a riot at a Green Peace rally.