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Pick of the day: Angry people who drink tea

In the annals of public relations, I doubt the phrases "tea party" and "health care reform" ever rated high on the list of surefire attention grabbers. But ever since some very unhappy Americans got the idea to use this bit of agit-prop to channel their anger over health care reform, they've gotten plenty of attention. (The same trick never did much for the activists pushing D.C. statehood. Maybe they haven't been confrontational enough?)

There were the acrimonious town hall debates and the first election ever of the parent of an American Idol contestant. As the legislative brawl over health-care reform came to a close last week, two pieces offered a vivid sense of what it was like to be on the giving as well as the receiving end of the resentment felt among health-care reform opponents. The first, by The Post's Dana Milbank, was done with a light touch but at the same time succinctly captured the sheer nastiness of it all. The second, by Post reporter Eli Saslow, takes you on a ride with a health-care reform protester as he powers up his bullhorn and heads out to butt heads with the president at a rally in Iowa. If you get too riled up, a cup of tea can do wonders to calm you.

By Annys Shin  | March 29, 2010; 8:35 AM ET
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