Arrogance at it's best from Bishop, what a tool.
It's starting to work and they can't stand the heat......................gotta love it.
TEA Partiers Rattle the Cages of the Political Elite
Written by CHQ Staff on July 31, 2009, 12:27 PM
"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," Rep. Tim Bishop (D-N.Y.) told POLITICO after making a decision to suspend town hall events that have been frequently swarmed with members of local TEA Party groups.
And, Bishop isn't the only Congressman greeted by a coterie of angry constituents at town hall meetings. According to POLITICO, Democrats (and some Republicans) across the US have been swarmed by what they call "mobs" of seething citizens, furious about these Congressmen's votes in support of key components of Obama's socialist agenda. “The days of you having a town hall meeting where maybe 15 or 20 of your friends show up — they’re over," says National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Pete Sessions (R-Texas).
Democrats are on the defensive despite their attempts to appear welcoming of this new breed of citizen activist. The increasing occurrence of these "town hall protests" has turned a once tame event into a pillory for Obama-associated politicians.
For grassroots activists, this is a positive sign that their efforts are working, and should be continued with all the intensity and passion displayed during the TEA Party protests.
It doesn't take much to put together a town hall protest, but their effects are resounding. The comforting insulation of "going back to the district" has been removed for many Democrats who rely on the distance of constituents from Washington politics. Now, politicians are held accountable at both their D.C. offices and during trips back home.
Already public outcry against Obama's attempt to nationalize the healthcare has ruffled the feathers of liberals in Congress and caused "Blue Dog" Democrats to think twice before going along with their colleagues. As more politicians know that their votes are watched and they can (and will) be held accountable, it could put a wrench in Obama's plans as his coalition crumbles around him.
This trend could present an interesting backdrop for Congress' August recess.