Tea party activists to storm Congress today

Rick Moran
Hundreds - perhaps thousands of tea party patriots will storm the Capitol offices of wavering Democratic Congressmen in a final effort to "Kill the Bill."

And in a change in tactics, the Democrats are rolling out the red carpet for the activists, as word has come down from the Democratic leadership to kill the tea partyers with kindness.

Alex Pappas reports for the Daily Caller:

"The fact of the matter is these folks - they got Nancy Pelosi saying, ‘You either give me your vote or something bad is going to happen to you,' and ... real voters in their district saying, ‘You give Nancy Pelosi that vote and something worse is going to happen to you," Armey told The Daily Caller, referencing members of congress weighing their decision.

Brendan Steinhauser, a FreedomWorks organizer involved in the logistics of today's events, said, "The focus is to get people to offices."

"They'll definitely be up and down the hallways of Congress," he said. "They'll be finding congressmen in the cafeterias, seeing them outside on the street, going in and setting up appointments with staff."

The Tea Party Patriots group is also helping coordinate the effort that begins at 9 a.m. on the East Capitol Lawn across from Cannon House Office Building. Organizers say they expect thousands to hit the halls of Congress as well as the local district offices to warn members not to vote for the bill.

Tea Party Express is holding a 10 a.m. rally at Taft Park, located on the Senate side of the Capitol. Spokesman Levi Russell said the event will feature Republicans Rep. Mike Pence of Indiana, Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, Rep. Tom Price of Georgia, Rep. Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee, Rep. Joe Wilson or South Carolina and Rep. Phil Gingrey of Georgia.

It's nice that Democratic members are going to meet with the activists except they apparently are not going to engage in much productive dialogue. Here are some of their talking points:

Members are also told to meet with attendees in small groups and bring in extra chairs to accommodate the visitors.

"Also, don't assume common myths about this bill have been debunked. Be prepared to explain that there are no death panels, that Medicare is in fact strengthened, and that reform is not a government take-over, but it is an attempt to crack down on the abusive practices of health insurance companies by providing oversight and increasing competition," the document says.

Uh huh. And I've got a bridge to nowhere I can sell ya - cheap.

If you live in or near Washington, here's your chance to help make a difference. Get on down to the Capitol and let your voice be heard.






Hundreds - perhaps thousands of tea party patriots will storm the Capitol offices of wavering Democratic Congressmen in a final effort to "Kill the Bill."

And in a change in tactics, the Democrats are rolling out the red carpet for the activists, as word has come down from the Democratic leadership to kill the tea partyers with kindness.

Alex Pappas reports for the Daily Caller:

"The fact of the matter is these folks - they got Nancy Pelosi saying, ‘You either give me your vote or something bad is going to happen to you,' and ... real voters in their district saying, ‘You give Nancy Pelosi that vote and something worse is going to happen to you," Armey told The Daily Caller, referencing members of congress weighing their decision.

Brendan Steinhauser, a FreedomWorks organizer involved in the logistics of today's events, said, "The focus is to get people to offices."

"They'll definitely be up and down the hallways of Congress," he said. "They'll be finding congressmen in the cafeterias, seeing them outside on the street, going in and setting up appointments with staff."

The Tea Party Patriots group is also helping coordinate the effort that begins at 9 a.m. on the East Capitol Lawn across from Cannon House Office Building. Organizers say they expect thousands to hit the halls of Congress as well as the local district offices to warn members not to vote for the bill.

Tea Party Express is holding a 10 a.m. rally at Taft Park, located on the Senate side of the Capitol. Spokesman Levi Russell said the event will feature Republicans Rep. Mike Pence of Indiana, Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, Rep. Tom Price of Georgia, Rep. Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee, Rep. Joe Wilson or South Carolina and Rep. Phil Gingrey of Georgia.

It's nice that Democratic members are going to meet with the activists except they apparently are not going to engage in much productive dialogue. Here are some of their talking points:

Members are also told to meet with attendees in small groups and bring in extra chairs to accommodate the visitors.

"Also, don't assume common myths about this bill have been debunked. Be prepared to explain that there are no death panels, that Medicare is in fact strengthened, and that reform is not a government take-over, but it is an attempt to crack down on the abusive practices of health insurance companies by providing oversight and increasing competition," the document says.

Uh huh. And I've got a bridge to nowhere I can sell ya - cheap.

If you live in or near Washington, here's your chance to help make a difference. Get on down to the Capitol and let your voice be heard.