“Ninety percent of the audience will be there interested in what you have to say. It’s the other 5 or 10 percent who aren’t. They’re there to make a point.”
— legislative aide, explaining why Senate Republicans have decided to stop holding town halls with their constituents.
Updated 4/28 10:08 pm to reflect the fact, confirmed at http://aetownhall.com/node/119#new, that Americans Elect delegate BarberB has created the Americans Elect Town Hall website independently:
“I built this website on my own with no support for AE, and in fact proposed this as the build this back in febuary as ‘superchooseday’, and got miffed when [...]
Update, 2/12/2012 @9:18PM: The Short Answer is “No.” The long answer is that Americans Elect refused to answer any probing, difficult questions. The affair, unfortunately, was a public relations event, not a democratic one. See details here.
There’s a 501c4 corporation and political party on the national scene that has been mum on many matters. [...]
John McCain is acting as if his life is at stake, as if he pleading the audience members not to physically attack him. [...]
At a Town Hall on September 17, 2008 for which you had to get a ticket from the GOP to get in:
Question: Governor Palin, there’s been quite a bit of discussion about your perceived lack of foreign policy experience. And I give you your chance: if you could please respond to that criticism and [...]
You know, the Republicans tried really hard to fix everything just right for Sarah Palin to take her first-ever question from an actual member of the American public. They shut down public access to the “town hall” in Grand Rapids so that people in the town weren’t welcome to come. They made it a ticketed [...]