Let's set the scene. The president and the Democrats are losing support left and right on their healthcare scheme. They tried to rush it through Congress but couldn't. Details emerged (not coincidentally with flagging support) and We the People began to ask questions. Hard questions.
At first the "spinclination" was to pretend that the questions and questioners didn't exist, as that would take away from the All Important Message that everyone wants healthcare reform and we can't afford to wait another minute. Once the protests and rallies became too insistent to pretend nonexistent, however, spinclination took a bifurcated path: the protesters (1) aren't real constituents a congressman would ignore at his own electoral peril but instead were fake demonstrators bought and bused in by Big Pharma and (2) are crazy, dangerous mobs of thugs who wave swastikas, act like Nazis, are un-American, and are reminiscent of the Ku Klux Klan.
Surprisingly, that tack hasn't worked, there being distinct difference between senior citizens loudly demanding their congressmen to answer their questions (of which there is evidence aplenty) and them getting actually violent (perhaps said thugs are also "Hands Off My Cowardly Congressman" types, too?), and more to the point, there being a distinct lack of photographic evidence of the swastikas.
Until yesterday, that is: