Last summer the town hall meetings across the country exploded with angry constituents who were livid that Democrats were trying to foist ObamaCare upon them. Now that ObamaCare is law, against the will of the people and full of nasty surprises, many Democrats have decided to chicken out on the town hall format all together.
If they want votes (which I'm pretty sure they won't get in November), they need to hold these town halls, no matter how angry people get, and face the people they represent and start getting back in touch with the people that put them there. They helped create and make the mess we are in worse, so that is the least they can do.
The New York Times: 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.