Maybe you were there, maybe you’ve seen on CNN, but if not: Here’s the video of House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee Chairman Pete Stark at his town hall meeting on health care reform this past weekend in Fremont. At about a minute and 35 seconds in, a man tells Stark, “Don’t pee on my leg and tell me it’s raining,” and Stark replies doing so “wouldn’t be worth wasting the urine.”
Stark has never been one to back down when challenged. What do you think: Was he provoked? Was it just another moment of Pete Stark being Pete Stark? Was it over the line?
Oh, and please watch the whole clip, not just the incendiary quip – there are lots of interesting perspectives throughout, and lots more context for judging Stark’s behavior. And when you see the captions pop up every now and then, keep in mind that this was uploaded to YouTube by the Golden Gate Minutemen.