The left has abandoned stealth when it comes to their efforts to generate sound bites and video clips at town halls conducted by GOP members of Congress during the August recess. According to a Huffington Post article by Amanda Terkel:
GOP lawmakers may be feeling more heat this summer at their town halls, speeches and fundraisers as progressive activists begin an aggressive effort to confront Republicans wherever they go.
"This is a new approach. The theory in the past has been to be stealth about the effort to confront members at town halls -- but sometimes it's been too stealth, and we haven't generated enough activity," said Brad Woodhouse, president of the progressive group Americans United for Change. "Since everyone knows that both sides are doing this, we're going to be public-facing about it."
On Wednesday, the group is launching Accountable Congress, a new website meant to be a summer toolkit for the progressive community, providing information about where Republican members of Congress and senators will be speaking during the August recess away from Capitol Hill.
There may be a bit of town hall envy going on. The article notes:
Democrats took a thumping during the 2009 summer recess, when lawmakers faced tea party activists at town hall meetings during the height of the health care debate. The party lost control of its message, with the myth of "death panels" often dominating discussions.
The GOP seems to be caught a little flat-footed:
House Republicans are putting together their own August recess playbook. The House Republican Conference has created a 31-page document offering instructions to members for meeting with constituents, promoting the House GOP's agenda and garnering media attention. It does not, however, advise members on how to deal with confrontational town halls.
It would well behoove the GOP to develop a strategy here, including preparation to invoke disturbing the peace laws when and if the progs start behaving like progs and shouting down others. The first effort should be to address the problems with Obamacare in direct language that everuyone can understand. Political jiujitsu is always a possibility.
Hat tip: Breitbart and JF