Nansen Malin, writing at NW Digest, reports on an encounter she had with Cliff Hazen of Vancouver, Washington, who called to inquire about the canceled townhall-style meeting at Ms. Malin’s home with Brian Baird (D-WA03).
After publishing the above report and making this audio recording of his voice mail to her public, Ms. Malin received the following e-mail.
From: Cliff [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Tuesday, September 01, 2009 4:09 PM
Subject: Nan, Please try to get the phone quotes correct.
The rest of the story that Ms. Nansen left out conveniently.
I called this morning to ask about the cancelled [sic] meeting with Baird. i explained to Nan that my background is a Vietnam veteran with specific interests in quality health care access for war veterans often unserved by the present for profit only system. I made Nan aware that I had voted for both Democrats and Republicans
I inquired about the format of the proposed meeting and questions she would have asked of the Rep. concerning health care for all Americas.
She became arrogantly hostile and vocally loud, much like we have seen by those opposed in the town hall meetings across America concerning health care. I tried to explain to her my interests in the subject were from the standpoint of war veterans left out in the cold by the American health care system. Those mentally wounded by war, those crippled and damaged physically by war, those poorly served by the VA and private medical insurance system in America.
Ms. Malin had no time to listen to my opinions, I was only to listen to hers. She hung up on me.
So, to paraphase a great American and winner of wars, “This Day Will Live in Infamy”.
Oh, and don’t bother coming to my house and trying to scare my family, I was trained and paid to hunt humans in the dark.
I don’t know Cliff Hazen, but I do know Nansen Malin, and I think it’s highly unlikely that she became arrogant, hostile or loud. The Daily Astorian, hardly a friend to conservatives, recently called Ms. Malin, “Seaview’s sane and reasonable GOP county chairwoman.” I doubt they would have done so if she were subject to fits of verbal abuse.
This is a very bizarre incident on many levels. What was Mr. Hazen thinking, leaving his name and phone number on a threatening voice mail? Is he unbalanced or just very, very stupid?
Why would Mr. Hazen think that Ms. Malin should have “time to listen to my opinions?” She’s not an elected official. She is the GOP County Chair for Pacific County, but Mr. Hazen identified himself as living in Vancouver, Washington, in Clark County and, in any case, it appears that Mr. Hazen isn’t a Republican.
How does this encounter compare in any way to the original “date which will live in infamy?” Isn’t that being a little over-dramatic?
Most disturbing, however, are the threats. From the recording, “This is war, baby. Lock and load. Switch to full [inaudible] and light ’em up. We’re gonna destroy your business politically.” He says politically, but the imagery, coupled with his boast of having been “trained and paid to hunt humans in the dark” is clearly intended to intimidate. It’s even more disturbing when delivered in the cheerful tone on the voice mail or signed, familiarly, “Cliff.” Threats of any kind should never be tolerated but in this context, not only are the threats wrong, they’re nonsensical. Why bother?
It’s time for the media and the left (but I repeat myself) to stop pretending that all the vitriole surrounding the health care debate is coming from the right. Not holding my breath….