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  •  Do they have people in these "townhalls" to keep (1+ / 0-)
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    People in line?   Or is it just a bunch of people standing around?  Are there staffers even there?   I'm trying to think about how they can control this situation in this setup.

    In the end, though, most of what I think about isn't trying to ask questions.. let people ask their own hyper-conservative questions.  And rather then just eyeroll at them, a good video/audio recording of the event is at times amazing.. people say some crazy shit, seriously in these townhalls when they believe it's only their own loyalists.

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    by Chris Reeves on Sun Feb 03, 2013 at 09:05:29 AM PST

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    •  It's a teleconference. As far as I know, it's run (0+ / 0-)

      out the the representative's office with only staff present. What happens is that I'll get a call in the evening with a prerecorded message from my representative asking me to stay on the line if I want to participate in a town hall meeting. If I do, then a recording tells me that I should press a button if I wish to ask a question. If I do want to ask a question, a staffer comes on the line asking me what my question is. Then I hear the questions from other constituents followed by the representative's answer. I tried to get a question answered, but they "ran out of time." So when the "town hall" ended, another recorded message said that if my question wasn't answered, I can send it to my representatives office. This is no different from writing my representative at any other time. The town hall is of no advantage.

      The whole town hall meeting takes place as a teleconference so I can't meet my representative face to face.

      "The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. Now do you begin to understand me?" ~Orwell, "1984"

      by Lily O Lady on Sun Feb 03, 2013 at 03:25:36 PM PST

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