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Democrats Are Skipping Town Halls to Avoid Voter Rage
New York Times ^ | June 7, 2010 | Jeff Zeleny

Posted on 06/07/2010 5:15:44 AM PDT by Zakeet

BEL AIR, Md. — The reception that Representative Frank Kratovil Jr., a Democrat, received here one night last week as he faced a small group of constituents was far more pleasant than his encounters during a Congressional recess last summer.

Then, he was hanged in effigy by protesters. This time, a round of applause was followed by a glass of chilled wine, a plate of crackers and crudités as he mingled with an invitation-only audience at the Point Breeze Credit Union, a vastly different scene than last year’s wide-open televised free-for-alls.

The sentiment that fueled the rage during those Congressional forums is still alive in the electorate. But the opportunities for voters to openly express their displeasure, or angrily vent as video cameras roll, have been harder to come by in this election year.

If the time-honored tradition of the political meeting is not quite dead, it seems to be teetering closer to extinction. Of the 255 Democrats who make up the majority in the House, only a handful held town-hall-style forums as legislators spent last week at home in their districts.

It was no scheduling accident.

With images of overheated, finger-waving crowds still seared into their minds from the discontent of last August, many Democrats heeded the advice of party leaders and tried to avoid unscripted question-and-answer sessions. The recommendations were clear: hold events in controlled settings — a bank or credit union, for example — or tour local businesses or participate in community service projects.

And to reach thousands of constituents at a time, without the worry of being snared in an angry confrontation with voters, more lawmakers are also taking part in a fast-growing trend: the telephone town meeting, where chances are remote that a testy exchange will wind up on YouTube.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Extended News; Front Page News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 111th; 2010election; 2010midterms; congress; democrat; democratcongress; democrats; election; elections; liberalfascism; teaparty; teapartyrebellion; townhalls
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Evil rabid right wing radicals like these are driving the poor brave Rats underground

1 posted on 06/07/2010 5:15:44 AM PDT by Zakeet
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To: Zakeet

They’re cowardly weasels who fear facing those whom they are supposed to represent.

Throw every one of the bums out.


2 posted on 06/07/2010 5:17:53 AM PDT by RightOnline
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To: Zakeet

There’s just something fundamentally wrong when the people you elected to represent you refuse to meet with you (or represent you).


3 posted on 06/07/2010 5:18:21 AM PDT by phelix
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To: Zakeet
Message to RAT Headquarters...it most certainly won't be “invitation only” in November.
4 posted on 06/07/2010 5:19:10 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Host The Beer Summit-->Win The Nobel Peace Prize!)
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To: Zakeet

So, who are they representing? Their consitiuants ought to hold those meetings without them with an empty chair representing them.


5 posted on 06/07/2010 5:20:19 AM PDT by McGavin999 (I'm sorry, your race card is overdrawn and no further charges can be accepted)
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To: Zakeet

awwww....

how about some pictures of Jim DeMint, Darrell Issa, Paul Ryan, and Sarah Palin at town halls?


6 posted on 06/07/2010 5:20:59 AM PDT by silverleaf (Every time history repeats itself the price goes up)
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To: Zakeet

Cowards.


7 posted on 06/07/2010 5:21:47 AM PDT by tgusa (Investment plan: blued steel, brass, lead, copper)
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To: Zakeet
The sentiment that fueled the rage during those Congressional forums is still alive in the electorate. But the opportunities for voters to openly express their displeasure, or angrily vent as video cameras roll, have been harder to come by in this election year.

Well, if they aren't brave enough to face the music, why not have events in their absence with an 'empty chair' symbolizing their cowardice?

8 posted on 06/07/2010 5:21:58 AM PDT by The_Media_never_lie
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To: McGavin999

Vote the bums OUT! These feckless weasels won’t even attempt to justify their idiocy. What a bunch of losers who essentially mare on the dole. Vote the bums OUT!


9 posted on 06/07/2010 5:21:58 AM PDT by hal ogen ($10 (I think) amounts through the internet from all over the world.)
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To: McGavin999
So, who are they representing? Their consitiuants ought to hold those meetings without them with an empty chair representing them.

Ya beat me to it, lol.

10 posted on 06/07/2010 5:23:59 AM PDT by The_Media_never_lie
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To: Zakeet

Rats and cockroaches always scramble for hiding when the lights are turned on..... No difference here.


11 posted on 06/07/2010 5:25:34 AM PDT by b4its2late (Why does a slight tax increase cost you $200 and a substantial tax cut save you 30 cents?)
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To: Zakeet

Our moonbat Carol “Che” Shea-Porter will only meet with her supporters. Don’t bother trying to get in if you’re going to ask her any questions which might be more difficult than say, what color is the sky, or is water wet.


12 posted on 06/07/2010 5:25:59 AM PDT by OCCASparky (Obama--Playing a West Wing fantasy in a '24' world.)
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To: Zakeet

This vet is being monitored by Homeland Security: http://bit.ly/4thverse


13 posted on 06/07/2010 5:27:20 AM PDT by getmeouttaPalmBeachCounty_FL (****************************Stop Continental Drift**)
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To: Zakeet
Town halls aren't all the 'Rats are skipping....
14 posted on 06/07/2010 5:27:39 AM PDT by mewzilla (Still voteless in NY-29.)
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To: McGavin999
It's taxation without representation, isn't it? Government is there. Government is taking our money. Government is running our lives. But, do the representatives want to hear from us? No, they want us to go pound sand.

This is how revolutions become necessary.

15 posted on 06/07/2010 5:27:51 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy
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To: ClearCase_guy
It's taxation without representation, isn't it?

It most certainly is, leveying taxes the present generation cannot possibly repay. The tax burden will be for the children of today and the unborn.

16 posted on 06/07/2010 5:29:55 AM PDT by The_Media_never_lie
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To: Zakeet

"Too late for you and your children."
17 posted on 06/07/2010 5:30:30 AM PDT by Diogenesis (Article IV - Section 4 - The United States … shall protect each of them against Invasion)
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To: Zakeet

The democrat party is absolutely petrified of the Tea Party movement.

Keep up the pressure.


18 posted on 06/07/2010 5:34:10 AM PDT by Le Chien Rouge
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To: Zakeet

They are making closed meeting plans to pass Cap & Tax, VAT and “Financial Reform” before November.

So, they can’t be bothered by 70% of Americans who want their asses handed to them at the polls.


19 posted on 06/07/2010 5:35:00 AM PDT by PSYCHO-FREEP ( Give me Liberty, or give me an M-24A2!)
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To: McGavin999
Their constituents ought to hold those meetings without them with an empty chair representing them.

Better yet, have cardboard cutouts made with the image of the Reps on them and stand them up on the stage. That way we'd have something to throw rotten tomatoes at......

20 posted on 06/07/2010 5:35:25 AM PDT by Thermalseeker (Stop the insanity - Flush Congress!)
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To: Zakeet

How dare the peasants upset the Lords and Ladies!

Well, it took 200 years, but we have reverted right back to what we fought to escape.


21 posted on 06/07/2010 5:37:06 AM PDT by autumnraine (America how long will you be so deaf aInd dumb to the chariot wheels carrying you to the guillotine?)
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To: Zakeet
Our congresscritter, Ike Skelton, refuses to appear anywhere except carefully controlled “award” functions where he hands out government grants for roads or police equipment.
22 posted on 06/07/2010 5:41:24 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (Impeachment !)
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To: Zakeet

Was Steny Hoyer there. he hasnt been seen in an open meeting since his last disaster where he trucked in SEIU from all over.

The people of Southern Maryland were not impressed, nor were they frighened by his thugs.


23 posted on 06/07/2010 5:42:06 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: Diogenesis

Photo of scu&bagum americanum.

A genus characterized by hubris, arrogance,
self-satisfaction, feelings of superiority and disdain for the rest of humanity.

Tend to collect in postions of power that allow them to manipulate the lower, inferior strains of human cattle.

Soon to be re-elected so that the cattle may be lead to paradise on earth.

IMHO


24 posted on 06/07/2010 5:53:01 AM PDT by ripley
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To: Zakeet
Representative Carol Shea-Porter’s campaign Web site had this message for visitors: “No upcoming events scheduled. Please visit us again soon!”

What a heifer.

25 posted on 06/07/2010 6:03:10 AM PDT by billorites (freepo ergo sum)
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To: autumnraine

The disconnect similar to the royalty in Versallies and the rabble in Paris.How’d that workout?


26 posted on 06/07/2010 6:07:47 AM PDT by Dr. Ursus
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To: Zakeet

TAKE THE MEETINGS TO THEIR OFFICES AND IF THAT DOESN’T WORK TAKE IT TO THEIR HOMES LIKE THE UNIONS DO.....


27 posted on 06/07/2010 6:08:37 AM PDT by phockthis
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To: Zakeet

Maybe they don’t like the smell of tar and feathers?


28 posted on 06/07/2010 6:10:47 AM PDT by Hacklehead (Liberalism is the art of taking what works, breaking it, and then blaming conservatives.)
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To: Zakeet

The easiest way for them to avoid their bosses in not to run again. I doubt they will take that option.


29 posted on 06/07/2010 6:14:14 AM PDT by A Strict Constructionist (We are an Oligarchy now and worse if we fail. TeaParty On...)
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To: Zakeet

Perhaps they could perch atop a high tower made of ivory?


30 posted on 06/07/2010 6:16:21 AM PDT by Raycpa
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To: phelix

They’re just getting caught up in the general environment of “the ruling class”.

Hopefully, a good election day purge will also purge most of this attitude out of Congress.

If not, there are other ways purges can happen.


31 posted on 06/07/2010 6:19:00 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a (de)humanist and a Satanist is that the latter knows who he's working for.)
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To: Zakeet
Their consitiuants ought to hold those meetings without them with an empty chair representing them.

Sounds like a great idea!

32 posted on 06/07/2010 6:24:56 AM PDT by shiva
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To: basil; txhurl; lormand; wolfcreek

I was walking our dog and some guy called in to KLBJ today and said lord dog nuts had a teleconference with voters, BUT only prescreened questions were allowed.

The dim said last year that he would vote for obozocare, and I don’t care what you want. I hope he gets his ass kicked out this next election.


33 posted on 06/07/2010 6:50:59 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (Remember in November. Clean the house on Nov. 2. / Progressive is a PC word for liberal democrat.)
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To: Zakeet

Sounds like country club liberalism. That will really work well.


34 posted on 06/07/2010 6:51:50 AM PDT by equalitybeforethelaw
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To: Zakeet

Sounds like a great opportunity for our Republican representatives to me. They should start scheduling loads of them.


35 posted on 06/07/2010 7:05:43 AM PDT by twigs
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My fave Townhall Dumbocrat explaining Obama's healthcare debacle.

At Sheila Jackson Lee 's Townhall, she rudely talked on her cell phone instead of listening to her constituents.

"Make that three double pepperoni pizzas, four gallons of Pepsi,
and three loaves of garlic bread. And deliver it in 10 minutes, after
I get rid of these annoying constituents. I'm starved. "

Mmmmmm......I bet she clobbered the one who took that shot of her fat behind.

36 posted on 06/07/2010 7:19:05 AM PDT by Liz (If teens can procreate in a Volkswagen, why does a spotted owl need 2000 acres? JD Hayworth)
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37 posted on 06/07/2010 7:26:23 AM PDT by Liz (If teens can procreate in a Volkswagen, why does a spotted owl need 2000 acres? JD Hayworth)
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To: RightOnline

38 posted on 06/07/2010 7:35:23 AM PDT by jslade (People that are easily offended OFFEND ME!)
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To: Zakeet

Anyone expected different after the ObamaCare townhalls....and people are more pissed NOW than they were during those? lulz....


39 posted on 06/07/2010 7:38:17 AM PDT by cranked
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To: Arrowhead1952
Something, obviously, is afoot, and has been for some time.

In what other bizzaro world would you see elected officials treat those whom they supposedly represent with such disdain and arrogance, as if they didn't exist, and if they did, their opinions wouldn't matter anyway?

In “normal” times, this would be cause for outrage unseen on both a local and national scale, but except for the Tea Party people, it is seemingly nonexistent. Very few incumbent “Republicans” voice their displeasure at such shenanigans.

No, there are other forces at work here.

Personally, I think the Dems, working in complete concert with any number of RINOs in power, are going to partake of the final coup after the election, but before January. In other words, their place in power has been assured by forces unseen behind the scenes.

Whether real or manufactured, unrest will undoubtedly surface late in the summer, or early fall. Although not particularly widespread, this unrest will be deemed “newsworthy”, and great focus will be applied to “threats” to may elected officials (most notably Democratic ones).

This may prove to be the pretext to confiscate privately owned firearms, and make their ownership a felony.

Inspired by this, Tea Party/Conservatives/Republicans sweep to a huge victory in November.

However, as the situation deteriorates across the country, Obama declares the elections null and void, citing “massive voting irregularities” and “civil unrest”, reiterates gun confiscation as a most important dynamic in restoring civil peace, and suspends the Constitution until such time as order has been restored.

He also declares those who were seated in the last Congress will remain so, until a later date when “more honest” elections can be held.

Of course, nobody turns in their guns - not even Liberals! - and the military badly fractures between heavily politicized officers and enlistments.

The result will be predictable.

As others have stated on this board, the intellectual heirs and disciples of Saul Alinsky and Antonio Gramsci believe we are in the end game for final control of this nation. The upshot is, we are, but the outcome won't be much to that crowd’s liking.

God, I pray for the soul of this Nation, every single day.

CA....

40 posted on 06/07/2010 8:19:41 AM PDT by Chances Are (Whew! Seems I've found that silly grin again!)
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To: Arrowhead1952
only prescreened questions were allowed

They do this a lot. The solution is to have a question a brainwashed liberal would ask to get by the screener then, once on the air live, unleash the fury.

41 posted on 06/07/2010 8:24:38 AM PDT by lwd
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To: Zakeet

This is a brilliant strategy. I’m sure frustrating voters’ ability to communicate with their representatives will calm us all right down. /s


42 posted on 06/07/2010 8:26:48 AM PDT by Fantasywriter
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To: Zakeet
In the 1700’s, tar and feathering was very popular. I wonder why that time honored practice died out?
43 posted on 06/07/2010 8:50:49 AM PDT by April Lexington (Study the constitution so you know what they are taking away!)
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To: Chances Are
reiterates gun confiscation as a most important dynamic in restoring civil peace, and suspends the Constitution until such time as order has been restored.

If he does that, he had better be prepared to oversee CWII during his last years.

44 posted on 06/07/2010 9:08:57 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (Remember in November. Clean the house on Nov. 2. / Progressive is a PC word for liberal democrat.)
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To: autumnraine
Well, it took 200 years, but we have reverted right back to what we fought to escape.

Not “we” but the federal government.

Let’s be “perfectly clear” here.

We fought to rid ourselves of a government that is clearly "destructive to these ends" i.e. the will of the People and the pursuit of our Rights as inalienable.

I believe the exact words are " long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism."

A government that is in direct opposition of 70% of the entire adult population is a government known as Dictatorship.

A government that hides from it's population behind a massive police force in a tiny fortress of a District separate from the rest of the nation and issues oppressive edicts and calls them "laws" is a government known as Dictatorship.

A government that destroys the economic lifeblood of a nation to attempt a complete reversal of the founding intent of that nation in opposition of the core of that nation, it's Constitution, is a government known as Dictatorship.

The founders of this nation lived in the oppression of this exact nature were also "perfectly clear" in what we are instructed to do.

The exact words are "it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security."

"It is their duty."

"That whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it,"

ABOLISH.

The current communist regime occupying the offices of the federal government have been indoctrinated all of their lives that we, the People, real American Citizens, have no say and should be ignored so they may continue to

"erected a multitude of new offices, and sent hither swarms of officers to harass our people, and eat out their substance."

"combine with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his assent to their acts of pretended legislation"

"For imposing taxes on us without our consent"

"suspending our own legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us "

" excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavored to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers"

"our repeated petitions have been answered only by repeated injury"

The exact words of the founders are "it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security."

"It is their duty."

The Founders wrote that because they knew that any government will eventually corrupt itself just has the current one has.

The way I see this the nation has two chances of surviving without a total scorched earth bloodbath. Mid-term elections and 2012 elections.

If the communists prevail in those elections they will push the economy right into total collapse, everything will stop, the country will go into full blown war and there will not be enough rope in Lowe's and Home Depot combined to keep up with the hanging of all the communists.

.

45 posted on 06/07/2010 9:37:13 AM PDT by TLI ( ITINERIS IMPENDEO VALHALLA)
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To: Zakeet
They didn't listen to the people about ObamaCare.

Now, they just want to make believe that they never knew what was going on.

46 posted on 06/07/2010 9:54:35 AM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: Diogenesis
......more lawmakers are taking part in a fast-growing trend: the telephone town
meeting, where chances are remote that a testy exchange will wind up on YouTube......

The vid of Barney sneering at his constituents even landed on LKL. ROTFL.

47 posted on 06/07/2010 10:28:06 AM PDT by Liz (If teens can procreate in a Volkswagen, why does a spotted owl need 2000 acres? JD Hayworth)
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To: Zakeet

I keep getting “teleconference town hall meeting” invites from Rep. Donna Edwards ...

Trouble is - SHE AIN’T MY REP !!!

I keep calling her office to GET OFF the robo-call list, and THEY DO NOT CARE !!!

The Dems are running scared - check this out:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pBUncXmE4Ec&feature=player_embedded#!

Rep. Patrick Murphy [D-PA] trying to blather his way through why he won’t have a town hall meeting ...

BTW - Luv the “timeouts” he tries to call ...


48 posted on 06/07/2010 12:06:40 PM PDT by Lmo56
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To: phelix

Perfectly normal behavior for an oligarchy though.


49 posted on 06/07/2010 1:14:44 PM PDT by mrmeyer ("When brute force is on the march, compromise is the red carpet." Ayn Rand)
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To: Arrowhead1952

Jeff Ward had a caller on today who was there at the gun-groceries trade and said there were more citizens snapping up guns from turner-iners than those going inside to trade for coupons!


50 posted on 06/07/2010 5:10:17 PM PDT by txhurl
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