Many Democratic Representatives are afraid to meet with their constituents at health care Town Halls. They are afraid YouTube videos of angry constituents will be posted on the Internet. Add U.S. Rep. Brian Baird (D-WA) to the list that will be doing telephone meetings. It seems Rep. Baird is afraid he will be "ambushed." He is following the Nancy Pelosi playbook and comparing his constituents to Nazis. Although the protesters have been very noisy, no Congressman has been attacked. Perhaps he means "ambushed" by a video camera.
The Columbian reported:
Over 10 years in Congress, U.S. Rep. Brian Baird has stayed tethered to his district, flying back to Southwest Washington for more than 300 sometimes-bruising town hall meetings during Congressional recesses.
But this year, he's literally decided to phone it in.
Instead of appearing in person, where "extremists" would have "the chance to shout and make YouTube videos," Baird said Wednesday, he's holding what he calls "telephone town halls" instead.
Baird said he's using the new system because he fears his political opponents may be planning "an ambush" to disrupt his meetings, using methods Baird compared to Nazism.
"What we're seeing right now is close to Brown Shirt tactics," Baird, D-Vancouver, said in a phone interview. "I mean that very seriously."