In yet another story you won’t see on Good Moron America, The Liberal Death Star aka The New York Times reports, A Former Engine of the G.O.P., the Town Hall Meeting, Cools Down:
Though Republicans in recent years have harnessed the political power of these open mic, face-the-music sessions, people from both parties say they are noticing a decline in the number of meetings. They also say they are seeing Congressional offices go to greater lengths to conceal when and where the meetings take place. …
With memories of those angry protests still vivid, it seems that one of the unintended consequences of a movement that thrived on such open, often confrontational interactions with lawmakers is that there are fewer members of Congress now willing to face their constituents.
Members of Congress and their aides were reluctant to talk about the lack of town halls on the record, mindful of the pressure from liberal and conservative groups alike. “Ninety percent of the audience will be there interested in what you have to say,” one Senate Republican aide said. “It’s the other 5 or 10 percent who aren’t. They’re there to make a point and, frankly, to hijack the meeting.”
Indeed, many who attend the meetings now seem intent on replicating clashes like one in Pennsylvania in 2009, when Senator Arlen Specter, a Republican turned Democrat, was shouted down by an angry constituent, a scene captured on camera and played on an endless loop on cable news.
“The reason 2009 was so successful for the grass roots was because the politicians never saw it coming,” said Jennifer Stefano, the state director for the Pennsylvania chapter of Americans for Prosperity, a Tea Party group. “Now they know. And they are terrified.”
On last Sunday’s edition of The Teri O’Brien Show, you heard the audio of Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Open Borders) claim that he has 40-50 Republicans ready to vote for amnesty for illegals. Is your Congressman scheming behind closed doors to sell out the American people.
Freedomworks has set up a site where you can demand a townhall. Please visit and find out if your Congress critter is hiding from you, and how to coax him out from under his desk.