"town halls" gone wild

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  1. Tango3

    Tango3 Aimless wanderer

    congress critters cancelling constituent events as "just pointless..."[beat]

    Town halls gone wild

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    <!-- end .related-media --> <cite class="vcard"> Alex Isenstadt Alex Isenstadt </cite> – <abbr title="2009-07-31T02:30:00-0700" class="timedate">Fri Jul 31, 5:30 am ET</abbr>
    <!-- end .byline --> Screaming constituents, protesters dragged out by the cops, congressmen fearful for their safety — welcome to the new town-hall-style meeting, the once-staid forum that is rapidly turning into a house of horrors for members of Congress.
    On the eve of the August recess, members are reporting meetings that have gone terribly awry, marked by angry, sign-carrying mobs and disruptive behavior. In at least one case, a congressman has stopped holding town hall events because the situation has spiraled so far out of control.
    “I had felt they would be pointless,” Rep. Tim Bishop (D-N.Y.) told POLITICO, referring to his recent decision to temporarily suspend the events in his Long Island district. “There is no point in meeting with my constituents and [to] listen to them and have them listen to you if what is basically an unruly mob prevents you from having an intelligent conversation.”
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  2. ghrit

    ghrit Ambulatory anachronism Administrator Founding Member

    Which, in the main, they always have been. I went to several back in the day when I thought it might do some good to be heard. It didn't. They hear, but don't listen after the first one or two.
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