August is always a good month here in DC. The president, Congress and the Supreme Court all abandon Washington for more comfortable climes. August is the hottest, muggiest month of the year and the tradition started before the invention of air conditioning. And once the government starts a tradition or program or policy, it almost never kills it, even when "global warming" gives us the coolest summer in memory. The country is safe for a month. This year, members of Congress might find their home districts hotter than DC. They are going to be held accountable for the astronomic spending that has been taking place since Obama took office, and for the bogus health care and cap and trade disasters that Obama wants. Some of them have already had that experience and it didn't turn out well.
That's the ticket. If your constituents don't see things your way, just don't hold town hall meetings. Pesky constituents. Senator Dianne Feinstein handles things differently. When some elderly constituents showed up at her office, she had police "lure" them outside (with pieces of cheese, or something) and then locked the doors behind them. Pesky constituents. Don't expect much, if any, of this hilarity to be broadcast by the alphabet networks. I plan to watch a lot of Fox News this month.
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.”