Protesters heckled and chased Newt Gingrich and his wife as they left the Iowa Capitol on Wednesday, a turbulent scene that Iowa political leaders fear could be replayed again and again before Jan. 3, jeopardizing the civil discourse tradition of the Iowa caucuses.Obama didn't face this kind of opposition from conservatives in 2008 and won't see it in 2012. Why? Well, his Secret Service detail would quickly remove anyone disrupting his events, and conservatives are not that immature. We don't try and stifle the speech of our political opposition. We try to persuade them with the strength of our arguments, not the strength of our screams.
The leaders say they’re gearing up for a showdown.
The protesters — some involved with the Occupy movement — say they plan to attend candidate appearances, stand up, scream questions and disrupt the events.
The foundation of the caucuses is civil dialogue, where Iowans can engage in conversation, said Matt Strawn, chairman of the Iowa Republican Party.
“The more that agitators disrupt these events, the more it takes away from the Iowa caucus experience,” Strawn said. “It doesn’t give other Iowans an opportunity to ask the questions.”
The Occupy people may succeed in temporarily silencing GOP candidates, but they won't succeed in winning people to their cause. That kind of behavior is very annoying and certainly not attractive to anyone but the very weak-minded and immature.