August 4, 2009

WHAT'S THE POINT OF A DOG AND PONY SHOW...:

Democrats' break looking like a bad trip (ALEX ISENSTADT & ABBY PHILLIP, 8/4/09, Politico)

[A]t a health care event in Philadelphia, Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.) and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius were repeatedly interrupted by booing and heckling. “We can shout at one another, or we can leave the stage,” Sebelius said at one point. “It’s up to you.”

For Democrats, that’s precisely the problem: Their ability to make their case on health care at public events during the August recess is mostly in the hands of the people who turn out for the events. And if those people want to be disruptive — especially en masse — there’s not much the Democrats can do about it.

“Town halls have become town hells,” said Mark McKinnon, a former adviser to President George W. Bush. “Special interests and opponents have figured out how easy it is to disrupt town halls and get their own message out. The days of the truly free-form town halls may be over.”


...if you can't control the critters?

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 4, 2009 10:35 AM
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