I’m no political strategist, but here’s a tip. If a 10-year-old girl at a town hall full of angry constituents asks you if you believe in science, the answer is yes. You may still get booed out of the room, but you won’t look like such a jackass. Utah congress-twit Jason Chaffetz apparently did not have the benefit of my political acumen at a town hall last night when he went up against a large, let’s just say unsympathetic, crowd. His mealy-mouthed evasions were not appreciated by the attendees, and apparently he lasted another 15 minutes after this question before making a hasty exit. Class act.
Whether Tea-Party-style town hall occupations can translate into actual political progress in opposing Trump of Orange is certainly an open question, and politicians have adapted to the tactic in the past by simply avoiding open public appearances altogether. Nevertheless, it’s important the we at least try to ‘get all up in their grill’ (as the middle-aged white dudes are saying these days). As it happens, there are many town halls, office hours, and various other access-your-representative events coming up in the next few weeks. If you live in AZ, CA, FA, GA, HI, IL, IN, IA, KY, LA, ME, MD, MI, MN, NE, NV, NM, NY, NC, OH, OR, PA, RI, SD, TN, TX, VA, WA or WI, why not just go on down and register a little democratic input? Let them know how you feel about repealing the ACA, supporting Trump’s cabinet picks, the Muslim ban, the Supreme Court vacancy scam and the general incompetent asininity of the last few weeks in the executive branch. Be polite, but be real. Here are the details of the various events.