Are they in the Witless Protection Program?

From Slate:

House Speaker Paul Ryan won’t hold public town hall meetings because he’s concerned about protesters coming in from outside his district. Ryan, who once seemed to relish overflowing town halls, seemed to make the policy official after holding several closed-door meetings with constituents.


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“I don’t want to have a situation where we just have a screaming fest, a shouting fest, where people are being bused in from out of the district to get on TV because they’re yelling at somebody,” Ryan told reporters in Madison on Friday. “That does nobody any good. What I want to do is have a civil, good, quiet conversation with constituents.” That is why Ryan says he has been “looking for new and creative ways to interact with my constituents in a civil way.”

So far, these “new and creative ways” have meant telephone town halls, meetings with constituents behind closed doors with pre-arranged questions and no follow-ups, and office hours. When reporters noted there seemed to be little dialogue at pre-arranged business town halls where Ryan went to talk to employees of companies, the speaker said that was just what the press could see. “I find when you guys are there, people kind of clam up,” Ryan said.


Ryan is hardly the first Republican to eschew town halls at a time when these meetings with voters often turn into raucous critiques of the GOP efforts to repeal Obamacare. Earlier this year, Rep. Peter King said he wouldn’t host town halls because they often turn into a “screaming session” that don’t help anyone. “It really diminishes democracy if you’re gonna show up to a meeting to just scream and yell,” King said in February.

But it doesn’t diminish democracy when representatives refuse to meet with the people they are supposed to represent?

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One response to “Are they in the Witless Protection Program?

  1. GOP leaders and their ilk don’t want to face criticism and questions. They are a bunch of sissies and again I’ll call them liars. This is their way of evading questions and criticism from the folks that put them into office. How do they know these folks are coming from out of his district? He is a fake politician just like 3/4 of the those that were voted into office.

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