JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - They yell, interrupt, even heckle. The crowds at town hall health care forums have been getting unruly in Missouri and elsewhere. But political scientist George Connor of Missouri State University said they have served a political purpose.
The forums have allowed people to vent their pent-up frustrations with government. Connor says the forums may also reflect a new reality about American politics - that voters who once were viewed as more centrist are becoming as politically polarized as the lawmakers in Washington.
Despite disruptions, Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill plans to press forward with more town hall health care forums. She has events planned Monday in West Plains and Springfield.