There’s a group of young Democrats in the area who I’ve addressed a few times, high school students who have organized a multi-school group named the Charlottesville Young Liberals. They work on campaigns together, arrange educational forums, and generally do the sorts of things that people lament kids don’t do enough of these days.
They visited the General Assembly yesterday and, as is often done, they were welcomed publicly. Many of them are represented by Del. David Toscano, and he did the honors. The Democratic Party of Virginia captured the closed circuit video of the occasion.
Yup, you heard right — this group of students was booed, presumably by house Republicans.
To be fair, this is the tone of the house. This is how they treat each other. It’s raucous, often disrespectful. But, again, that’s how they treat each other — not guests. House Republicans have become so partisan that they can’t even behave politely to a group of school children who happen to be Democrats.
This is why house Republicans are bound and determined not to transmit video of their sessions. If people could see how they behave, they’d have lost the majority already.