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Republicans Avoiding August Town Halls
Breitbart's Big Government ^ | August 15, 2013 | Tony Lee

Posted on 08/16/2013 2:51:25 AM PDT by Timber Rattler

Republican lawmakers are running away from town halls in August.

In a New York Times piece about the frustrations of one citizen activist in Texas, some prominent Republicans who have not held an August town hall are listed. They include: Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL); Rep. Tim Griffin (R-AK); Rep. John Kline (R-MN); Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn (R-TX); Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX), the chair of the House Rules Committee; Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC); and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA), who has "not announced any town halls but did participate in them in 2009."

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GOP-e cowards.
1 posted on 08/16/2013 2:51:25 AM PDT by Timber Rattler
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To: Timber Rattler

I expect to be avoiding November election halls.


2 posted on 08/16/2013 2:59:43 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (21st century. I'm not a fan.)
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To: Timber Rattler

Liberal RINOs trying to evade the very electorate that helped them achieve the 2010 “shellacking”, now that they are revealed to be panderers and turncoats.


3 posted on 08/16/2013 3:03:21 AM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: ClearCase_guy

Good for you,now the jackasses will have fewer to brainwash in order to keep screwing all of us


4 posted on 08/16/2013 3:05:02 AM PDT by ballplayer
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To: ClearCase_guy

Well OBVIOUSLY you will be a traitor to your country! Because all good conservatives HAVE to vote for these fine people since the Dems are worse.

Pay no attention to them mirroring Dem policies and simply ignoring their constituents.

You HAVE to vote GOP and NO ONE ELSE!

Or some fine conservatives will call you names and question your patriotism!


5 posted on 08/16/2013 3:06:44 AM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: Timber Rattler

Souns like a roll call of the RINO Republican establishment. They should all be flushed out of office at the earliest opportunity.

COLLABORATORS!!!!!!


6 posted on 08/16/2013 3:09:33 AM PDT by ZULU ((See: http://gatesofvienna.net/) Obama, do you hear me?)
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To: Olog-hai

They just had to leave DC to get the “pulse” of the people and now they are hiding.

POS money grubbing lobbyist whores.

Remember there names when election time comes.

Moaning and groaning on FR is not as valuable as getting involved in the election and finding their replacements.

Phone banks, fliers, word of mouth. It does not take money, but votes.


7 posted on 08/16/2013 3:10:53 AM PDT by hadaclueonce (dont worry about Mexico, put the fence around kalifornia.)
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To: Timber Rattler

Our RINO piece of you-know-what, 8th District Republican Congressman Dave Reichert, is our town hall cop-out. Being an ex King County sheriff, he knows what that means. He needs to know that his refusal to hold a town hall will increase his reelection costs when he faces stiff opposition in the primary.


8 posted on 08/16/2013 3:18:47 AM PDT by jonrick46 (The opium of Communists: other people's money.)
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To: ballplayer
Last November, I gave a hard time to some freepers who admitted to not voting.

If the GOP was an actual opposition party, I'd be certain to vote next year. But, because they are not, I lean toward sitting out national elections.

It's time to shift most of our efforts to our state assemblymen and senators. If our republic survives, if reform is to happen, it will come from the states and not the DC denizens of both parties who profit so well from the system they corrupted.

9 posted on 08/16/2013 3:47:00 AM PDT by Jacquerie (To restore the 10th Amendment, repeal the 17th.)
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To: Timber Rattler

Vichy Republican swine.


10 posted on 08/16/2013 4:00:25 AM PDT by Noumenon (What would Michael Collins do?)
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To: Timber Rattler

The GOP does not want to hear from its base. They are actively working against it.

So why would they go to a town hale?


11 posted on 08/16/2013 4:02:43 AM PDT by redgolum ("God is dead" -- Nietzsche. "Nietzsche is dead" -- God.)
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To: Timber Rattler

The Democrats aren’t exactly pushing Town Halls this year either.

My boy Steny is amazingly quiet.


12 posted on 08/16/2013 4:27:47 AM PDT by Venturer ( cowardice posturing as tolerance =political correctness)
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To: Jacquerie

I did vote for Romney but I’m sorry I did. The stories about Romney not really wanting to run, plus his weak campaign, suggest he and McCain were puppets set up to take the fall in order to ensure an Obama victory. McCain’s behavior since his loss, continually undermining conservative policies and advancing the progressive agenda, is another piece of evidence the GOP is neither conservative or a true opposition party. Add the behavior of Chris Christie, Lindsay Graham, John Boehner, and others in leadership roles and it is clear the GOP is at best a statist socialist party and at worst a token opposition party controlled by the Marxists progressives.

At age 18 I proudly rode a bicycle several miles to the courthouse to register to vote, as a Republican. Since Ronald Reagan left office the GOP has consistently offered weak candidates for the office of President who run as conservatives but in truth support the policies of the globalist socialist agenda. I include both Bush’s in that statement. After Romney’s pitiful performance I thought long and hard about my support for the Republican Party.

In business one learns to evaluate companies, programs, and people. When they aren’t performing the indicated action is to cut, close, fire or eliminate. I realized my loyalty to the Republican Party for years had been based not on performance but on it being “least bad”. Assessing the party objectively it has deserved an “F” grade for nearly three decades. Each time it has held all three branches of government it has failed to even attempt to roll back the progressive state, much less govern wisely. After 40 years as a Republican I happily changed my registration to “unaffiliated” this year believing neither national party supports liberty so neither is deserving of my affiliation.

If the millions of conservative voters who form the core of the party could be persuaded to change their registration to unaffiliated in a short window of time I believe we would see a major restructuring of the political landscape. True conservatives, and financial backers of true conservatives, would have the incentive to form a viable third party representing historical American values and traditions. The Republican Party leadership could stop pretending to be conservative and openly position themselves as the corporate center/left party. The Democrats could openly proclaim themselves the socialist party (they’ve almost done that anyway). The new conservative party would represent the interests of the 35% of the public that is truly conservative and be free to fight to win and govern without compromise (same as the leftist Democrats do today).

Third parties have historically failed in the USA because they represented small constituencies. Today the Republican Party has rejected its conservative base, much like the Democrat Party rejected conservatives in the 1960’s. There are at least as many hard core conservatives in this country as hard core leftists. If the Democrat Party can be viable by advancing the socialist agenda of 35% of the country, a new third party should be equally or more successful advancing the agenda of 35% of the country.

If the message is pure, and the execution while in office is not corrupted, conservatism can win.


13 posted on 08/16/2013 4:38:03 AM PDT by Soul of the South (Yesterday is gone. Today will be what we make of it.)
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To: Timber Rattler

Graham in South Carolina has been pounded this week in the radio media as a traitor who prefers to meet with the Muslim Brotherhood rather than his state constituents. It’s a powerful line of attack against this RINO done by s state senator who’s running against him in the primary.

But amazingly, this state senator has been attacked here on FR by RINO operatives as being too religious. We need to be aware that FR is being infiltrated by Soros and Rowe useful idiots who are spreading lies, disinformation and chaos.


14 posted on 08/16/2013 4:40:59 AM PDT by sergeantdave (No, I don't have links for everything I post)
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To: Timber Rattler

Really demorats


15 posted on 08/16/2013 4:51:52 AM PDT by HANG THE EXPENSE (Life's tough.It's tougher when you're stupid.)
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To: sergeantdave

Yep


16 posted on 08/16/2013 4:55:02 AM PDT by HANG THE EXPENSE (Life's tough.It's tougher when you're stupid.)
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To: Timber Rattler; packrat35

I attended a town hall yesterday (Tenn - 1). This is a solid Republican district, held since Reconstruction. Incumbent is Dr Phil Roe - third term.

Last night was the second town hall of his that I attended. In 2009, on the heels of incipient passage of OBamacare, it was standing room only (maybe 500 in attendance) and people were allowed to speak.

Yesterday, there were perhaps 75 in attendance and questions had to be submitted in writing. Bottom line that I took away is that Roe will dance to Boehner’s lead.

I regret the question I submitted. It was about the Mountain City soldier who was murdered at Ft Hood. I had intended to ask him about Stockman’s discharge effort on Benghazi special prosecutor.

But, the news from the trial on yesterday (SPC Frederick Greene was shot twelve times charging the jihadist in that “worplace violence”) made me change my mind.

Roe responded with boilerplate.

I do not understand why Roe did not want to hear the voice of his people. Limiting us to written questions does not enable a full expression of our views. I hope to get an answer for that.


17 posted on 08/16/2013 4:58:59 AM PDT by don-o (He will not share His glory, and He will not be mocked! Blessed be the Name of the Lord forever!)
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To: don-o
I do not understand why Roe did not want to hear the voice of his people. Limiting us to written questions does not enable a full expression of our views. I hope to get an answer for that.

I would imagine that limiting audiences to written questions was a suggested specification by the RNC (or RCCC, in Roe's case). And it was designed for the precise purpose you suggest -- to avoid giving the audience a chance to fully express their views.

They don't want to know what we think...because they don't care what we think.

18 posted on 08/16/2013 5:17:25 AM PDT by okie01 (The Mainstream Media: IGNORANCE ON PARADE)
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To: sergeantdave
But amazingly, this state senator has been attacked here on FR by RINO operatives as being too religious.

There's also an element on here who are fiscally Conservative but despise evangelical Christians/social Conservatives. They came out in force on the old Santorum threads last year and actually used lib language like "Bible thumper" and "holier-than-thou" in their posts. It was and is despicable.

19 posted on 08/16/2013 5:21:25 AM PDT by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: don-o
Yesterday, there were perhaps 75 in attendance and questions had to be submitted in writing.

I would have raised some serious sand about the written question requirement. That's a real cop-out.

20 posted on 08/16/2013 5:22:36 AM PDT by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: don-o

Why is obvious. your views don’t matter. The thing is that you have to make a conscious choice to accept the reality your eyes and ears are showing you.

Vo one likes admitting to themselves their party left them. But Reagan did it. So can rank and file conservatives. The other option is to continue empowering a GOP that is indistinguishable from the Democrats.


21 posted on 08/16/2013 5:24:49 AM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: Timber Rattler
I would have raised some serious sand about the written question requirement. That's a real cop-out.

I should have done exactly that. At this point, I plan to call his office and register a complaint.

22 posted on 08/16/2013 5:28:55 AM PDT by don-o (He will not share His glory, and He will not be mocked! Blessed be the Name of the Lord forever!)
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To: Soul of the South
I almost entirely agree. The only reason I left my registration (R) is so I can influence the primary process. But, given last year's GOP convention, it is clear the apparatchiks probably have control over who becomes the nominee. I'll decide that come 2016.

Third parties are a waste of time.

The left has fundamentally corrupted the structure of our government to the point that national elections matter less and less with every cycle.

FWIW, I wrote a short vanity on the importance of structure to our republic. http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/3028528/posts

23 posted on 08/16/2013 5:38:53 AM PDT by Jacquerie (To restore the 10th Amendment, repeal the 17th.)
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To: Timber Rattler

Cowards? I recall reading that they were to be targeted by the leftists.

Four years after the tea party surprised Democrats at town halls that led to the Republican wave of 2010, the political action group formed out of the remains of President Barack Obama’s campaign laid out its plans Monday for Action August, a month of activity meant to break congressional opposition to the White House agenda.

OFA’s preparing a range of under-the-national-radar tactics in conjunction with heading for town halls. Rallies, distribution of fliers and district office demonstrations will be aimed at drawing the same sort of local attention that tea party groups managed four years ago, hoping to spook members of Congress worried about the 2014 midterms.

But with Obama off to a sometimes disappointing and dispiriting start to his second term, the question is one the president himself asked volunteers Monday night: “Are you still fired up?”

The crowd cheered “Yes!” but they’ll need more than that.
http://patdollard.com/2013/07/ofa-plans-to-make-trouble-at-august-townhalls-for-gop-reps-senators/


24 posted on 08/16/2013 5:38:57 AM PDT by EBH (The 'silent majority' is just as responsible for where this country is today as the screaming mob)
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To: EBH

They’re not worried about leftist infiltrators-—they’re scared of the TEA party and have been instructed by Boehner to avoid their constituents with amnesty in the works, or else the GOP-E applecart will be up set.


25 posted on 08/16/2013 5:41:14 AM PDT by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: Jacquerie

“The only reason I left my registration (R) is so I can influence the primary process.”

In NC unaffiliated voters can vote in either primary.

Personally I’m against open primaries as it allows primaries to be manipulated by the other party. For example in 2014 I expect Lindsay Graham to win the Republican primary against conservative opposition because DNC affiliated groups will organize independents and Democrats to vote for Graham in the Republican primary.

However, as long as NC allows me to vote in either primary, I’ll vote if I believe it will make a difference.


26 posted on 08/16/2013 6:12:01 AM PDT by Soul of the South (Yesterday is gone. Today will be what we make of it.)
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To: Timber Rattler
That's a real cop-out.

And of course office staff also cops out....Limited time...Some people not comfortable speaking....blah, blah, blah.

I told her the impression is that Congressman did not WANT to hear the voices of the people. He has another one about 80 miles south of me on Monday. Is anyone nearer than I am to Sevier County?

27 posted on 08/16/2013 6:48:26 AM PDT by don-o (He will not share His glory, and He will not be mocked! Blessed be the Name of the Lord forever!)
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To: sergeantdave
We need to be aware that FR is being infiltrated by Soros and Rowe useful idiots who are spreading lies, disinformation and chaos.

Wow...you are just now waking up to that fact?

It has been going on for several election cycles now!
28 posted on 08/16/2013 7:07:26 AM PDT by TexanByBirth (Free Republic: where they may agree with the message, but they love to shoot the messenger!)
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