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Congressional Contempt for Constituents

Tuesday, August 4, 2009  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt
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Here’s a list of scheduled Townhall meetings between Members of Congress and their constituents. (HT: Jim Geraghty.)

What’s amazing is how few of them there are.

What is predictable is the attempt by the sponsors of Obamacare to delegitimize the growing public dissatisfaction with the attempt to radically rewrite the rules of American medicine. This drumbeat of criticism of the critics of Congress will increase even as the backlash against Obamacare spreads. It is the only tool the president and his allies have to quell the growing fear among Democrats that the health care bill is a political suicide note.

“Pay no attention to those people at your Townhall meetings,” is the message from Obamacare pushers. “They aren’t real. They are professional disrupters. Like ACORN, don’t you know.” From the Huffington Post:

As detailed by White House officials and aides at allied groups, the goal going into the August recess is not to be intimidated by the angry protesters laying siege to town hall meetings or the information pushed by unfriendly websites, but rather to turn that anger and material into a rallying point for proponents of reform.

This is of course absurd as even cursory reporting on the people in the townhalls would underscore. Other conservative commentators have joined me in making the point that outsiders should not go to the meetings conducted by Congressmen who don’t represent them. That plays right into the hands of the MSM and their effort to shore up their hero’s faltering legislative agenda.

Those who do go to the meetings in their own district should be careful to express their dismay in responsible and concise terms, aware that Team Obama will no doubt be filming everything to find the one nutter who explodes in anger. An occasional boo is not a problem, but opponents of Obamacare will be helping its passage if they melt down in public and give cover to Democrats attempting to argue that voter anger is limited to the far right or even the center-right.

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