They believe what the message they are getting, and using language such as "fighting back" or having messages come from the Whitehouse that Democrats need to "punch back twice as hard" don't help diffuse the situation. They only succeed in ramping up the rhetoric and the anger.
And this time there are no responsible Republican voices calling for a halt to the mob tactics disrupting Democratic town meetings around the country.
There's plenty of evidence that the seemingly spontaneous eruptions are orchestrated by conservative interest groups in Washington, in the same way that the antitax tea parties were made to seem like a grassroots uprising earlier this year. The public relations and lobbying firms that specialize in generating the kind of public outcry we're seeing have a name for it; they call it AstroTurf. And it works, attracting media coverage disproportionate to the minority of a minority it represents and fooling Americans into thinking there's a full-scale revolt underway.
This contradicts what Krugman stated below:
I haven’t seen any evidence that the people disrupting those town halls are Florida-style rent-a-mobs. For the most part, the protesters appear to be genuinely angry. The question is, what are they angry about?
It's this whole blame mentality created by the partisan games that created this environment - it's ludicrous to expect Republicans to be the ones to fix this when they are not the only ones who have done this. If people want the disruptions to end - then it has to come from both parties. Which then makes reality come in, the Democrats have just as little control over those who protest and disrupt Republican events as the Republicans have over what's happening at the health care town halls. I don't recall Democrats telling Code Pink and others to please stop disrupting Republican events, to stop using the giant inflatable rats and other creative protest methods. Violence is wrong, those who are caught doing something illegal at a town hall should be arrested and convicted, but neither side should be advocating language that inspires violence and both sides should look within their own parties first before finger pointing as well as accepting the fact that we do have free speech in this country and rather than advising people to email the White House if they see a blog where "misinformation" is taking place, they should be concentrating on doing a more open and honest discussion of what is really involved with the health care plan. Convincing people of the truth is the only way to end this, and given the lack of trust and faith, that's going to be much harder than squashing dissent...