"Decisions are made by those who show up."
Around the country, right-wing activists, backed by well-funded groups working for the insurance industry, are showing up at the town hall events that Congresscritters are having in their districts during the recess. They're showing up and making their position known very clearly - in at least some cases at the expense of anyone else who wants to hear actual discussion about the issue. The GOP leadership is happier than they've been for the last two election cycles.
Over at Talking Points Memo, Josh Marshall almost asks the right question:
Folks can whine on endlessly about outfits like Freedom Works putting these rackets together. But if the president's plan has any public support they should be able to get supporters to these events too, right? Not to pull the Black Shirt routine but to provide some public demonstration that there's real public support for making reform a reality.
If there is.
So that's the question. Where's the other team?
It's a good question. It's even almost the right question. But not quite.
The question is, WHERE ARE YOU? A decision that will affect you is going to be made. Are you going to show up, or are you going to let it be made for you?