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“For journalism students, why can’t we film this?” she asked. “We have school projects, and I have just been taken aside and told I can’t film this. I’m not disrupting, I’m keeping my opinions to myself, but now that I’m not getting to do this for a project, I was going to ask a question. Why can’t I film this? Isn’t this my right?”

The congressman’s answer wasn’t very diplomatic.

“This is my town-hall meeting, and I set the rules and I’ve had these rules,” he said, prompting boos and jeers throughout the room.

“Let me repeat that one more time. This is my town-hall meeting for you,” he said. “And you are not going to tell me how to run my congressional office. Now the reasons why I don’t allow filming is because usually the films that are done end up on YouTube in a compromising position.”

And that’s exactly where those remarks ended up, posted by the National Republican Congressional Committee. The clip was then reposted by several political blogs and aired on some cable news programs.

Although attendees were not permitted to take video of the town-hall meeting, it was recorded and broadcast online by the Bloomington Herald-Times.

The ‘tenthers’

Liberal activists have a new name to disparage conservatives: “tenthers.”

The nickname refers to those who cite the 10th Amendment to argue that federal intervention in areas not authorized by the Constitution, like health care for example, is unconstitutional.

This follows other names such as “birthers,” “deathers” and “tea baggers.”

Health care reform supporters at the Center for American Progress, the American Prospect, MSNBC and other outlets have deployed the term against Republicans who cite the 10th Amendment as reason not to create new programs. Some of the leading Republican proponents of the allegedly “dangerous” and “conspiratorial” theory include Sens. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma and Jim DeMint of South Carolina, and Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota.

“As the nation emerges from the worst economic downturn in three generations, the tenthers would strip away the very reforms and economic regulations that beat back the Great Depression, and they would hamstring any attempt to enact new progressive legislation,” worried the American Prospect’s Ian Millhiser in an essay that said the “tenthers” were “no less radical but infinitely more dangerous” than the birthers.

Amanda Carpenter can be reached at acarpenter@ washingtontimes.com.