Scared Dem Leadership Running Grassroots (Updated)

It appears that the Leadersip in Congress has decided on their August talking points, “the insuance companies are the immoral villains” in the healthcare debate even though they have the numbers to pass what ever they want? Given this why would …

Democratic leaders need to be coordinating media strategies and grassroots efforts with advocacy groups such as Health Care for America Now, Families USA and AARP, along with unions such as AFSCME and the Service Employees International Union[ACORN].

and isn’t the point of a grassroots campaign the fact that it comes from, well the grassroots. This sound more like astroturfing to me but I’m just one of those constituents that is angry at my congressman for his positions on the economic stimulus package, energy policy, health care and the bailouts of the auto and banking industries. In fact I got a letter from Mark Schauer MI-07 today thanking me for my support on H.R 2454, Cap and Tax, even thu I called and called saying NO NO NO, I guess he only hears what he wants to hear. He is also one of those congresscritters not holding town halls.

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 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.”

I’m not sure how not holding town halls is going to fit into the “coordinated strategy” that the Dem Leadership has come up with

“Our message is simple. It is now being echoed by the White House,” said the memo sent to all Democratic members. “And it counters the Republican ‘government takeover’ message.”

“Remove the insurance companies from between you and your doctor— capping what they can force you to pay in out of pocket expenses, co-pays and deductibles, and giving you the peace of mind you will be covered for the care you need, if get sick, or if you change or lose your job.”

Maybe it going to be through in-person meetings

[Update Allahpundit has a good take on THAT ‘in-person meeting’]