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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.

(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...


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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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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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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