Thank you President Obama for turning the town hall format of dialogue exchange into a joke.
Don’t fall for it. The politicians are not really there to listen to you.
There has been some debate over whether or not there is such an animal as political constituency influence. If the animal does exist, what role does it play in congressional voting decisions? We elect our congressmen and they get a ticket to Washington, DC , leaving us in the trenches. “I will fight for you (insert name of sucker state like Pennsylvania)”. Off Mr. Smith goes to Washington never to be heard from again.
Now supposedly the Obama damage control machine is attempting create a facade of transparency and constituency awareness by giving voters the opportunity to speak their minds. Sounds like a good plan in theory but the problem is how can anyone speak their minds clearly and when they are out of their minds over mainstream media’s portrayal of them as being “out of their minds”?
There was a time when I wanted to attend a town hall meeting, especially during a presidential election. Now I would not attend one if you paid me- which Barack Obama would if I said nice things about him but that is another blog post.
The town hall meetings are a left wing set up to make conservatives look like racist morons. On Tuesday, Arlen Specter (D-PA) was in Pennsylvania at a town hall debate. Being the spineless former RINO now DINO that he is, Arlen Specter is shown jumping from question to question on the health care debate like a frightful little rabbit. His constituency is portrayed as angry rabid wolves ready to pounce and devour. Poor Arlen, look at the racist Republicans pounding him.
Don’t believe it for one minute. While the constituency is real, the impetus behind the sudden onslaught of town hall meetings is not. The scared little bunny is not as meek as he seems. He wants your sympathy. After all the people who voted for him are insane and unreasonable voters who actually thought they elected him to represent their values and concerns.
Deception is a tricky game. Where does a bunny hide? Some senators chose not to hold town hall meetings. Down the rabbit hole they went, on vacation during the August recess. Other bunnies decided to hide in plain sight. Sure I will hold a town hall meeting. The media will love watching the crowd churn me into mulligan stew. How dare they attack me?
As you can see Claire McCaskill (D-Missouri) “recovered” from this by adopting a condescending demeanor towards her constituents.
Bottom line: stay away from the town hall meetings. It is like putting a free plunger in the middle of a highway just so all of the rabid “Joe the Plumbers” will come running for the bait- only to be hit by a semi.