Getting to the Bottom of that Puzzling Claire McCaskill Tweet


Earlier today Daily RFT blogger Bill Streeter posted a quizzical "tweet" made yesterday on Senator Claire McCaskill's Twitter feed.

Curious as to what McCaskill was discussing in this post, I just conducted a grueling two minutes of Internet research to arrive at the bottom of the matter.

Not surprisingly, the St. Louis Tea Party is at the center of the debate.

Last Friday the local tea party "patriots" headed down to McCaskill's St. Louis office on Delmar Boulevard to protest Obama's health care plan when (depending on which way you lean politically) one of two things happened:

1. McCaskill's staff called the cops because they were too cowardly to face the protestors ...or...
McCaskill's staff called the cops because the two people working the office that day felt threatened by the boisterous onslaught of the demonstrators protesting right outside their door.

Not up for debate is that someone in the office building that McCaskill shares with another business flipped the tea-party demonstrators the one-finger salute.

So what really happened?

Here's McCaskill version on her blog:
On Friday, our office was short staffed (four were attending community events and meeting with people in the St Louis area), and the protestors were frustrated with our inability to meet with them when they arrived. They began banging on windows and doors and ringing the buzzer, so that the two staffers in the office could not focus on the phones, that were ringing constantly. They asked the police to help calm the situation, and when one of our staff got back to the office at around noon she met with representatives of the group, and we have scheduled another meeting with the group.
As for flipping the tea-party folks the bird, McCaskill writes:
Our office only occupies the first floor, and a marketing and advertising firm has the office space above us on the second floor. They acknowledged that one of the men that works in their offices made the gesture and they closed their blinds. (On the first floor our blinds are always closed). It' s confusing because the signage makes it look like we occupy both floors.
And, finally, here's how the St. Louis Tea Party calmly reflected on the incident on their blog:
The cowardly liars who work for Senator McCaskill locked the doors and called the police...We threatened all right. We threaten the political careers of tinpot dictators like Barack Obama and his lackies like "Acorn" McCaskill...Let's have  people at each of her public appearances. Let's populate the restaurants where she eats with Tea Partiers. Let's visit her every day until she shakes like $12 electric toothbrush (huh??) at the sound of the word "tea."  Let's make her a prisoner of her Washington, DC, home. Let's drive this witch from public life!
But, wait! There's more...

All you people who want more to do, here's your chance: Make McCaskill's life a living hell! Then we'll turn our steely focus on that silly bastard Russ Carnahan, the biggest joke of a politician since Pat Paulson.

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