The End of the Town Hall

Congress shields itself from the people who put them in DC

Bloomberg Businessweek’s Julie Bykowicz writes a revealing article, At Town Halls, Congress Now Steers Clear of Voters. She provides clear evidence that Town Halls — where those we elected come home to face us — are now relics. Both parties are crafting controlled meetings with tight scripts, often excluding constituents and open mics.  Too often, those folks we sent to D.C. to represent us now consider us the enemy, to be held at bay.

In her report Bykowicz writes:This summer is all about keeping a safe distance from voters and sticking to the party script. Before Congress left town, House Democratic and Republican leaders handed out “tool kits” full of talking points and specific event ideas, along with sample editorials written and ready to be planted in hometown newspapers. This enables them to stay within the preprogrammed Washington bubble even when they’re outside the safety of the Beltway.

Both parties’ tool kits urge members to focus on small gatherings with friendly audiences, keeping in touch with the public on Facebook and Twitter. Democrats were told to play up Obamacare benefits. “Find a woman in your district who has a ‘pre-existing condition,’ such as being a breast cancer survivor, and who has had a hard time finding insurance, and hold a press conference,” party leaders suggest. Talk about immigration reform in “meet-and-greets with successful immigrant entrepreneurs from the district or from the state. Have them tell their inspirational story.”

Former U.S. Rep. Mike Castle, a left-leaning Delaware Republican who’d held hundreds of town halls during his 20 years in Congress, recalls that at one event, captured on YouTube people started yelling at him about Obamacare “death panels” and the president’s “fake” birth certificate. Castle, who lost his primary that year, says a dozen colleagues who saw the video told him afterward, “No more live town halls. I’m done with that.”

Watch this example of citizen outrage when HHS Sec. Kathleen Sebelius and Sen. Arlen Specter (d. 2012) declared the Obamacare bill had to get “done very fast.”  In this linked video, McCain insults a gathering of citizens in Sun Lakes. AZ U.S. Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick was actually so unprepared to respond to her constituents she was cheered as she walked out on a gathering she scheduled. One man yelled after her, “Don’t come back!” She lost the following election, but memories are short.  Kirkpatrick, a liberal Democrat, was reelected after being ousted and is running again in Congressional District One.

This past week we exposed the gamesmanship that is being passed off as interactions with Arizona voters. Read McCain & Flake stage a one-way “conversationand Tea Party News Network exposes McCain, Flake sham.


H/T Commenter Doc for Bloomberg tip


18 Responses to The End of the Town Hall

  1. Pima Pal says:

    This Bloomberg article substantiates my thoughts. We, the voters, are suspect and need to be avoided at any event where cameras and mics are present. What a load of BS! We put them in these posh jobs and we can remove them. The question is, do we have the will to do it? It not only takes concerted effort, but a true conservative candidate who has the ability to raise funds to take out a well funded incumbent, who will have the support of Washington DC lobbyists and other establishment insiders.

    • Ellsworth says:

      Yes! Look what John McCain, Jon Kyl and the Club for Growth did to conservative Wil Cardon. He had the audacity to run against establishment backed Jeff Flake, so they lied about him and viciously attacked him in a high dollar ad campaign that replayed endlessly. The true phoney in that race was Flake, who even admitted to being a liar. No matter. Money and powerful connections bought him a senate seat.

    • Hometown Guy says:

      A variance on the theme of “I brought you into this world, I can take you out.” My father told me my grandfather said that more than a time or two to him and his brothers as they were growing up! It might sound harsh in today’s permissive society and with parents assuming the role of friends instead of parents to their kids, but it worked. My dad and his brothers were all college educated professionals and loving husbands and fathers. But as kids, we knew there were rules and we obeyed them.
      It’s time to impose rigorous standards on those we elect. If they don’t live up to their promises, we can “take them out” with our ballots.

    • LD 23 PC says:

      Does anyone have a ready list of such people (articluate, conservatives with the ability to raise mega bucks)? Will the party apparatus work to keep less viable candidates from jumping in as happened in CD 9? There were nine candidates who walloped one another so badly in the primary and each took just enough votes to allow the far left Kyrsten Sinema to walk away with the newly created seat. If GOP leadership doesn’t engage with these egos and talk turkey to them, how can we hope to retain or win back seats? These could be closed door meetings assessing fundraising abilities, messaging etc. That congressional loss was an unnecessary debacle, but “leadership” didn’t lead. Having such assessment talks is nothing more or less than prudent.

  2. Arizona Conservative Guy says:

    I’ll readily admit to becoming jaded by them all. I trust them as much as they trust us. My inclination is watch and wait. I will definitely be a less eager supporter of those who don’t engage in a meaningful way. I’m not interested in carefully staged meetings. We have to demand more from these so called representatives. Who are they actually representing? If they are playing the McFlake border deceit, they are not representing me!

  3. ZOO says:

    When I saw staunch anti-illegal immigration legislators like Sylvia Allen and John Kavanagh endorsing Jeff Flake, I knew the “fix” was in. When you look at the primary vote totals for the Flake/Cardon race in 2012 and the McCain/Hayworth totals in 2010, it is clear the Republican “base” in Arizona is primarily establishment oinksters.

    I have seen every excuse possible for these primary results (big money, Club For Growth, senior voters in Sun City, etc. etc. etc.), but the bottom line is that Arizona has transformed into a party hack Mc-state. The foes of the “cheap labor Republicans” have all been removed, gagged, or eliminated. What high-profile Arizona Republicans currently in office have come out publicly AGAINST the amnesty incubating in D.C.? It is fantasy to think this situation can be corrected at the voting booth. On the other hand, voting for every Democrat in sight can inflict the only thing left: revenge.

    • Observer says:

      The establishment cabal also includes Bill Montgomery and never elected lobbyist Steve Twist. I was also appalled at the number of so called conservatives who were jumping over one another to get on the Flake endorsement bandwagon. Club for Growth is off my list after their dispicable ads against the conservative in the 2012 AZ US Senate race.

    • eubykdisop says:

      I don’t think that it’s fantasy, ZOO, that this situation can be corrected at the voting booth IF voter fraud is sufficiently reduced. This is why Democrats are making every possible effort to keep in place policies and practices which facilitate voter fraud. They know that elections which are legitimate will put an end to their agenda.

      I might add that it is one of the objectives of the Liberal left to cause people to believe that our institutions are failing, to cause us to lose faith in them. Our institutions are not failing. They have been actively and deliberately sabotaged from within by the Liberal left.

      • ZOO says:

        McCain 284,374 / Hayworth 162,502
        Flake 289,743 / Cardon 86,746

        No question there is voter fraud euby, but it would have to be overwhelming voter fraud to produce numbers like this.

      • eubykdisop says:

        Primaries versus general elections are, of course, two different animals, ZOO. However, I don’t think that there has to be overwhelming voter fraud to swing a primary. I think it only needs to be one factor in the mix. What do I mean?

        Liberals, even Liberal Democrats, may do whatever it takes to vote in a Republican primary. Liberals may be evil but they are not necessarily stupid, LOL! They know that if they can get someone like McCain or Flake as the designated Republican candidate that they can’t lose whether the Republican or the Democrat ultimately gets elected. Add fraud to things like that and it’s enough to swing it.

        It is interesting to note that the total number of votes which McCain garnered equaled a much greater percentage of the total number of registered Republicans than the total number of votes which Glassman garnered as a percentage of the total number of registered Democrats. That is strongly suggestive of crossover voting. Why would Liberals use a strategy like that?

        Well, Liberals know that some Republicans would vote for a Liberal like McCain simply because he is the designated Republican candidate. They also know that McCain has been in Congress a long time, has a lot of connections and good committee assignments. So it would be to the advantage of Liberals to vote for McCain rather than for a Democrat who would be a freshman if elected.

        There is overwhelming evidence of voter fraud throughout the country. See this article:

        “22 Signs That Voter Fraud Is Wildly Out Of Control And The Election Was A Sham”

        “By Michael Snyder, on November 13th, 2012”

        Is it reasonable to assume that this voter fraud suddenly stops when it comes to primary elections? Why would that be the case? When Liberals kick up a legal fuss over the Prop 200 requirement for proof of citizenship in order to register to vote in Arizona, that affects primary elections as well.

        With primary elections providing Liberals with an opportunity to “stack the deck”, essentially determining the outcome of the election with regard to Liberal versus Conservative, I don’t think that they would pass up any opportunity hijack a primary, including implementing voter fraud. ;-)

        By the way, California is considering passing a law which would permit non-citizens to work at the polls! The Liberals are clearly leaving no stone unturned when it comes to their most potent GOTV tool; voter fraud!

    • East Valley PC says:

      Thanks for the reminder about John Kavanagh. Sylvia Allen goes to the same church as Flake. I’m not surprised. Kavanagh was a stunning disappointment!

    • eubykdisop says:

      For evidence of how desperate are the Liberals to facilitate voter fraud, lest honest elections bring an end to their agenda, simply look at this recent article, ZOO, posted here at SRAZ:

      “Liberal Cokie Roberts: States with voter ID “evil”

      “August 27, 2013”

  4. PV PC says:

    My CD 6 congressman is following the strategists advice in a novel way by inviting people to join him and his wife on a weekend hike of the Grand Canyon. Probably a handful will take him up on the offer. Most of us have plans for long weekends that don’t include politicians! But while huffing and puffing hikers aren’t apt to ask too many tough questions or inquire about amnesty, they will feel privileged to have this familiarity. The email I received said “There are a few spots available at the Havasupai camp site. This is a special invitation to invite YOU to join them!”
    Translate that YOU to ‘lucky you.’ By the way, the “weekend” invitation arrived on Friday night.

    Stuff the warm and fuzzy hike. I just want to know how he’s going to vote on this monumental issue. No bogus talk about putting new security measures in place to fix our broken system. Our system isn’t broken. The will to impose meaningful restrictions to secure our border is.

  5. eubykdisop says:

    That which is out of harmony with Truth cannot long endure. It is brought down by it’s own weight. Look at what has happened with the town hall meetings. Instead of furthering their agenda, those seeking to deceive and manipulate now simply have more anger being directed at them. Eventually, they will bring about their own political demise.

  6. LEO IN TSN says:

    It is incredible that the big money globalist elites of the GOP believe that globalism and communism can co-exist. Or maybe they believe that after conservatism and patriotism have been extinguished, that globalism will defeat quietly communism. Or maybe globalism is just the big picture for communism – a small ruling class with the world population in servitude to support them. We don’t have to worry about vote fraud much longer, because after the GOP has forced the moral, conservative patriots out of the Party the New bi-partisan Left will be in control.

    Thank God we still have true patriots who do meet their constituents and who do publicize their conservative loyalty to US – like Louie Gohmert and Ted Cruz, like Michele Bachmann, and like Steve King and a few others. Notice none are from AZ.

    Keep fighting – this is a country worth saving.
    Paul McGosar, Prescott Office (928) 445-1683 [fax number unlisted]
    Matt McSalmon, Gilbert Office phone (480) 699-8239 fax (480) 699-4730
    David McSchweikert, Scottsdale Office phone (480) 946-2411 fax (480) 926-2446
    Trent Franks, Glendale Office phone (623) 776-7911 fax (623) 776-7832

    God bless America

    • eubykdisop says:

      Hi, Leo! An interesting comment!

      From my point of view, the “One World”, “New World Order” people are simply using the Communists as a means to an end rather than actually being Communists themselves.

      In order to attain global governance, the sovereign governments which exist must first be cleared away. That, of course, means eliminating The Constitution and all of the rights which go with it. Communist methods are well-suited and well-honed for accomplishing those objectives.

      The principle thing which Communists lacked in order to succeed was money but the “One World”, “New World Order” people have unlimited amounts of money.

      The global elites really don’t care what system of government is in place as long as they have absolute control over it so that they can exploit people and natural resources for maximum profit.

      The plans of the global elites, however, are fatally flawed. They don’t recognize the existence of God and are trying to put themselves in His place. Every greedy and power-hungry tyrant in the history of man has tried the same thing and every one of them has failed. It can’t be done. How do you prevail over One who is omnipotent?

  7. Doc says:

    1st, ALWAYS glad to help…you’re Most Welcome, SRAZ! As to th’ rest of this, I post the following:

    O.k…so…(pardon my language…) CAN WE IMPEACH HIS TRAITOROUS ASS NOW?!?!?!?!?

  8. Doc says:

    …then…I found THIS: