Turns of McCain’s Townhalls Are a Sham…Shocking!14 June 2008
As anyone who’s been paying much attention lately knows, John McCain has “challenged” Barack Obama to a series of town hall meetings where “real voters” can ask tough questions. From the start this seemed like a ploy to get Barack Obama up in front of McCain supporters who would ask questions like “Are you one of ‘dem A-rab Muslim folks? ‘Cause we don’t like no A-rab Muslim folks ’round here”.
Turns out that what John McCain calls town hall meetings are really nothing more than typical political rallies. From the Daily Kos:
The seating was staged. There were about 20 people with Veteran’s hats and all were seated directly in line with McCain’s podium in the front and back. Your cameras from home would make it appear that half the people there were veterans. In reality it was about 1%. Mixed into the Veterans was one angry woman who had a sign claiming she was a Hillary supporter voting McCain. This one sign was placed directly in the spot where the cameras were most likely to pick it up.
Ah yes, this does sound like a crowd full of everyday voters who just want to voice their opinions in a town hall meeting. Hmm, let’s see what the defintion of a town hall meeting is. From Wikipedia:
is an informal public meeting derived from the traditional town meetings of New England. Similarly to those meetings, everybody in a community is invited to attend, voice their opinions, and hear the responses from public figures and elected officials, although attendees rarely vote on an issue. In today’s heterogeneous communities with large populations, more often, town hall meetings are held so that people can influence elected officials in their decision making or to give them a chance to feel that their voices are being heard.
Hmm, according to the Daily Kos article, it doesn’t seem like there was much of this going on at all. In fact, according to the author of the posting (who was in attendance), each questioner was pre-screened and most of them were in the previously mentioned “VIP section”, as the author describes it. The only tough question that McCain faced was a man who asked why Osama bin Laden hasn’t been caught yet. The poster describes the scene quite brilliantly, demonstrating that John McCain really isn’t a big fan of “taking the hard questions” and giving “straight answers”, as he so often claims.
To read more about this farce of a Townhall visit davefromqueen’s article on the Daily Kos.