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Tea Party Blasts GOP For Running From Town Halls

From ABC News:

Tea Party Blasts Lawmakers for Fearing Town Hall Obamacare Fight

By ABBY D. PHILLIP | August 20, 2013

Reports of the tea party’s demise are greatly exaggerated, or so its leadership would have us believe. Sure, the 4-year-old movement is maturing and all those attention-grabbing headlines from 2009 are much harder to come by in 2013.

Who selects the headlines? Our one party news media. There have been plenty of reasons for the Tea Party to be getting headlines.

But conservative activist Brent Bozell, who is attempting to build support for defunding President Obama’s health care law, said establishment Republicans are running away from their constituents, a sign that bucking the tea party’s grassroots agenda is fraught with peril.

"Isn’t it interesting how times change; that just three years ago, Republicans were rushing to have town halls and now they’re running as fast as they can from town halls," Bozell, the chairman of For America, told ABC News.

"This is what happens when you know you’re not representing your constituents; you know you’re going to catch an earful from your constituents."

Ironically, we blame Obama for trying to bypass Congress. Meanwhile the Republicans are trying to bypass their own constituents.

Gone are the days of raucous town hall meetings borne from organic outrage, although it’s unclear how the number of meetings these days compare with previous years.

Don’t worry, the outrage is still there. But people are beginning to wonder why we have to express it constantly. Why can’t our Representatives get the message the first hundred times?

Still, conservative activists are now turning to strategies that traditional advocacy groups have used for years: calls to member offices, television ads and intensive central coordination.

How foolish they are.

Tea Party Patriots’ co-founder and president Jenny Beth Martin has tracked down 250 town halls that are sponsored by lawmakers this month, a far cry from the 535 members of Congress up for re-election next year. "They’re not having town halls," Martin said. "How can you have a huge turnout at events if they’re not having town halls?" …

In 2009, Republicans were unanimous in their opposition to Obama’s health care law. And the message was easy: Throw the bums out. Electing Republicans and ousting Democrats was a straight-forward strategy that Republicans could eventually rally around.

Not this time. The opaque legislative maneuvering around defunding the health care law has split GOP leadership and the rank and file and made it easy for lawmakers to say they oppose the health care law, but still oppose the tea party strategy of tying health care to funding for the rest of the government.

That’s why target No. 1 for Bozell, whose group For America partnered with Tea Party Patriots to release a new ad targeting senators who oppose the push to defund the health care law, is Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.

"Senator McConnell, conservatives don’t need a chicken when it comes to Obamacare," the ad’s narrator says. "Leaders lead, but if you fund it, you own it." …

McConnell hasn’t outright come out and denounced the defunding strategy, but he hasn’t supported it either. By targeting McConnell, the groups have made it clear that they’re looking for leadership and loyalty, even if the strategy inevitably stalls in the Senate chamber, where Democrats hold a majority…

Of course, the only reason this is getting any coverage in the news media is because Bozell is also targeting Mitch McConnell. And McConnell is the MSM and the rest of the Democrat Party’s number one target.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, August 21st, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

6 Responses to “Tea Party Blasts GOP For Running From Town Halls”

  1. GetBackJack says:

    I cannot do any better Commenting than Steve.

    Steve for President 2016™

  2. Noyzmakr says:

    I met my county GOP charman at a town festival two weeks ago. He was telling me how they needed me to work and donate to them to help them fight Obama. So I brought up Amnesty, scandals and defunding Ocare. He said “We don’t won’t to fight a battle we can’t win”. I replied “There’s a word for that. It’s called appeasement. Bullies love that.” and I walked away shaking my head.

    That’s our problem folks. No willingness to take on the fight. They’re afraid of what someone will say about them. Not their constituents mind you, they couldn’t care any less what we think.

    • Enthalpy says:

      Agree, Noyzmakr. They don’t care and they all should be sent packing. If they are unwilling to fight for our positions, we don’t neeed them. Every battle should be fought. McConnell must go.

    • Noyzmakr says:

      It later occured to me that the word I should have used is cowardice. I think that better reflects the state of our leadership. No one wants to held responsible so no one is willing to stand for anything. As my mother used to say; “Weak as water”.

  3. Liberals Demise says:

    Effing lying, back stabbers all.
    They care not but for their golden care package afforded to them by them.
    Here comes a long line of vulgarity. ……. ugh!

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