If you live in my congressional district, basically the only chance you have to meet our Congressman is to head to Washington watch a committee hearing and hope he deigns talk to the peons. Well, it seems ol’ Henry’s setting a pattern for his Democratic colleagues to follow.
According to the New York Times, Democrats Are Skipping Town Halls to Avoid Voter Rage:
The sentiment that fueled the rage during those Congressional forums is still alive in the electorate. But the opportunities for voters to openly express their displeasure, or angrily vent as video cameras roll, have been harder to come by in this election year.
If the time-honored tradition of the political meeting is not quite dead, it seems to be teetering closer to extinction. Of the 255 Democrats who make up the majority in the House, only a handful held town-hall-style forums as legislators spent last week at home in their districts.
It was no scheduling accident.
With images of overheated, finger-waving crowds still seared into their minds from the discontent of last August, many Democrats heeded the advice of party leaders and tried to avoid unscripted question-and-answer sessions. The recommendations were clear: hold events in controlled settings — a bank or credit union, for example — or tour local businesses or participate in community service projects.
Emphasis added. So, this is the new kind of politics? Avoid the people whom you’re supposed to represent?
(H/t: Washington Examiner).