Here's a telling scene from a town hall meeting in Milwaukee last fall with Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), who told the audience, "Much of our debt in the future comes from our entitlement programs." (Somehow Ryan never counts as "debt" or "entitlement" the tax cuts for the wealthy and corporations that he so ardently defends.) A 71-year old man, incensed by Ryan's plans to gut programs most Americans depend upon, shouted, "Hey, what is this 'entitlement program'?... I paid into that for 50 years, my unemployment and my Social Security and my Medicare, and now you're gonna..."
Did Ryan handle a heckler the way Massachusetts Democratic senatorial candidate Elizabeth Warren did, by trying to engage him in dialogue? No, he watched as the police, shouting "on the ground," dragged the senior citizen out, placed him on the ground, handcuffed him and led him away. To the amusement of supporters, Ryan joked, "I hope he's taken his blood pressure medication." Watch this display of character on the part of Mitt Romney's chosen running mate: