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Politico follows up on the plan Jed Lewison highlighted a few weeks ago for House Republicans to spend the August recess telling the country how much they hate Washington. The problem with that messaging strategy was kind of obvious, so they've made a few tweaks.
WASHINGTON — House Republicans will take a carefully orchestrated, staunchly anti-Washington campaign to voters this month, blaming President Barack Obama and his fellow Democrats for Americans' unhappiness with government.

"We have control of only one-half of one-third of the federal government," said Michael Steel, a spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, referring to the White House, the judiciary and the Democratic-controlled Senate. The nation's capital, Steel said, "is still very much a Democrat-run town."

Oh, so it's the same as every August recess since 2009: a month devoted to hating on President Obama. Meanwhile, their effort is going to be pretty well-funded by the usual suspects.
On another front, a coalition of groups including the Tea Party Patriots, ForAmerica, the Club for Growth and Heritage Action is launching a new campaign demanding members of Congress defund the Affordable Care Act.

“This is going to be health-care August again,” said Matt Kibbe, president of FreedomWorks, one of the groups that helped mobilize the protests four years ago. [...] “The perfect storm that created that high participation and frustration in August of 2009, those conditions are with us today,” Kibbe said. “I think you’re going to see a lot of people showing up—not just tea partyers but disaffected Democrats and young people who aren’t getting what they voted for.”

Republicans really hate Obama Washington, but they're bringing Washington along with them during recess in the form of Club for Growth and FreedomWorks to bring the in busloads of people that will create the appearance of a mass popular uprising. Same as it ever was.

This time, however, Democrats will be more prepared, and there are plenty of real grassroots organizations. That includes a "coalition of labor, business, faith and Latino organizations is launching huge coast-to-coast campaigns" to push immigration reform, and groups mobilizing their membership in support of Obamacare. That is, if lawmakers bother to have actual open town meetings instead of events orchestrated by lobbying groups.

Originally posted to Joan McCarter on Mon Aug 05, 2013 at 11:40 AM PDT.

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  •  Tip Jar (17+ / 0-)

    "The NSA’s capability at any time could be turned around on the American people, and no American would have any privacy left, such is the capability to monitor everything. [...] There would be no place to hide."--Frank Church

    by Joan McCarter on Mon Aug 05, 2013 at 11:40:16 AM PDT

  •  One half of one third of the government (11+ / 0-)

    Democrats control the Supreme Court?

    http://www.buonoforgovernor.com/

    by Paleo on Mon Aug 05, 2013 at 11:48:04 AM PDT

  •  One small part: (4+ / 0-)
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    ColoTim, Mr MadAsHell, mcmom, coffejoe

    I'm doing my best to compare the ACA to our interstate highways. We pay for highways in Arizona and Wyoming that we will never drive on, and people in Arizona and Wyoming will pay for highways that we drive on every day.

    I'm living in America, and in America you're on your own. America's not a country. It's just a business.

    by CFAmick on Mon Aug 05, 2013 at 12:53:58 PM PDT

  •  Sorry, dropped in by mistake. (7+ / 0-)

    Thought the title was "August Recipes Brought to You by Club Foot Growth."

    (Need to see the eye doctor, but can't afford new specs.)

  •  Yes, it's now predictable (1+ / 0-)
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    ColoTim
    Oh, so it's the same as every August recess since 2009: a month devoted to hating on President Obama.
    Have the Congressional Democrats a strategy for August, or have they gone windsurfing?

    50 states, 210 media market, 435 Congressional Districts, 3080 counties, 192,480 precincts

    by TarheelDem on Mon Aug 05, 2013 at 01:23:15 PM PDT

  •  Nothing wrong with my crystal ball I see... (3+ / 0-)
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    TomP, micsimov, ColoTim

    I said just this morning that we'd see the same "It's okay, you were hoodwinked" meme that the Rmoney® crowd tried in 2012 rolled out again for every cycle until they figure out it doesn't work.  And sure enough:

    “I think you’re going to see a lot of people showing up—not just tea partyers but disaffected Democrats and young people who aren’t getting what they voted for.
    The more things change...

    I'll believe corporations are people when one comes home from Afghanistan in a body bag.

    by mojo11 on Mon Aug 05, 2013 at 01:27:47 PM PDT

  •  Throw the rascals out. (4+ / 0-)
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    TomP, micsimov, ColoTim, OooSillyMe

    Since the Repuglicans hate Washington so much, why don’t they just get the hell out of Dodge?
    We would all be better off if they packed up and went home.
    Then perhaps we could get a government that actually DID something. Their inaction is costing us plenty – lost jobs, lost opportunities, just count the ways.
    In the (K)now blog

    Http://warrenswil.com/

    by Warren Swil on Mon Aug 05, 2013 at 01:33:52 PM PDT

  •  health care pie fight! (1+ / 0-)
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    ColoTim

    where's that pic of the middle finger i have.. no time..

    Tell those h8r's to go sign up for COBRA! Get back at me... then..

    I'm enlisting (i know.. not again!) in this fight but might end up going on a health vacation... if they let me...

  •  It's installment number 329... (2+ / 0-)
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    TomP, ColoTim

    ...of Repeal Theater.   Follow along with the program, already in progress.

    I'm not always political, but when I am I vote Democratic. Stay Democratic, my friends. -The Most Interesting Man in the World

    by boran2 on Mon Aug 05, 2013 at 01:36:37 PM PDT

  •  And ... (1+ / 0-)
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    House Republicans will take a carefully orchestrated, staunchly anti-Washington campaign to voters this month
    the Dems, including Obama, will sit around with their thumbs in their mouths letting the Repubs make the news and get their message out with little or no pushback.  Deja vu all over again.

    The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt. Bertrand Russell

    by accumbens on Mon Aug 05, 2013 at 01:39:23 PM PDT

    •  Such an optomist. (0+ / 0-)

      I seriously doubt it is going to be a replay of 2009.  Back then the outrage was fresh and exciting.  Now after the Supreme Court decision it just seems stale.  We'll see if the White House is ready for some Obama in prime time talking about jobs, jobs, jobs.  They have already lost on the ACA legislation and the 2012 election.  It's going to be hard for them to continue to pretend otherwise.

      •  Obama prime time address on jobs?? (0+ / 0-)

        You got to be kidding.  You can wait for it, but I won't.  He hasn't gone to bat like that for anything that I can remember.

        The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt. Bertrand Russell

        by accumbens on Mon Aug 05, 2013 at 07:17:54 PM PDT

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  •  The people in the picture (0+ / 0-)

    are the people who favor free government health care.  Their posters imply they currently do not have health insurance and prefer to have taxpayers pick up their bill when they go to the emergency room.

    It's amazing what people will do to others in the name of themselves.

    by ABlueKansas on Mon Aug 05, 2013 at 01:41:53 PM PDT

  •  You can believe in something too much (3+ / 0-)
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    like if you say the same thing over and over and over again people will think it's true.

    It does not always work, meine Gopfreunden.  You might actually have to stand for something, not just against.

  •  Isn't "Club For Growth" some kind of (3+ / 0-)
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    male enhancement product pyramid scheme or something?

    I'll believe corporations are people when one comes home from Afghanistan in a body bag.

    by mojo11 on Mon Aug 05, 2013 at 01:50:47 PM PDT

  •  Their kit for the Critters is teh funny. (1+ / 0-)
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    The kit suggests ways to attract, limit or ban news reporters. "Invite select local press," to a college visit, it says, but invite "all local media" to a hospital tour.

    A House member's meeting with health care providers "should be closed press," the kit says. A public meeting about health care, however, "should be 100 percent open to the press." The focus should be "the negative effects of ObamaCare and the House Republican plan to dismantle it," the document says.

    Finally, it adds: "Make sure there is room for cameras in the back."

    Quick thoughts: What makes them think the media on the hospital tour won't talk to the selected local press from the college visit?  How long before a journo interviews a health care provider who was in that closed meeting?  What makes them think a dissenting provider won't show up at the public health care meeting?

    What they're missing is that their position, having been repeated ad nauseum for the last three years, is no longer news, nor is it controversial.  Pushback on it is both.  Media sells news and controversy, not the lack thereof.

    Après le thé, le déluge. -- Glenn Beck, aka Napoleon XIV

    by mspicata on Mon Aug 05, 2013 at 02:10:16 PM PDT

  •  Hell, Boneher barely has control of (2+ / 0-)
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    one-half of one-third of his own goddam House.

    Just goes to show you, it ain't the size of the gavel...

    "If you mean time-traveling bunnies, then yes."

    by here4tehbeer on Mon Aug 05, 2013 at 02:23:12 PM PDT

  •  The bused in people (2+ / 0-)
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    All have health insurance.  As usual those who have are trying to convince those who don't have that they don't need it.  

    These people are really sick (mentally) and hateful.  

  •  I suspect they're a thing of the past. (1+ / 0-)
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    That is, if lawmakers bother to have actual open town meetings instead of events orchestrated by lobbying groups.
    Once the Koch brothers and their ilk figured out how to disrupt town hall meetings and dominate the news, the institution was doomed. Republican politicians have already abandoned them pre-emptively, in favor of a tightly controlled message. Our side will be forced to do the same as tea-bag astroturfers show up to prevent dialog.

    It really is war, isn't it?

    Early to rise and early to bed Makes a man healthy, wealthy, and dead. --Not Benjamin Franklin

    by Boundegar on Mon Aug 05, 2013 at 02:27:16 PM PDT

  •  Are psychological service involve in Obamacare (0+ / 0-)

    Republican should take advantage of it ,they sure need it

  •  I care less about what they are going to do, (1+ / 0-)
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    coffejoe

    and more about how it is going to be countered.

    The most violent element in society is ignorance.

    by Mr MadAsHell on Mon Aug 05, 2013 at 02:46:55 PM PDT

  •  FREEDOM?? (0+ / 0-)

    Health care freedom, that stupid woman with the sign says?? Freedom to what, die in agony unnecessarily?

    You know, I'm done with these lunatics, they are not the opposition, they are the enemy.  Do they have any idea, any freaking clue, what they are talking about?  

    Justice For Will Will spent his brief, courageous life fighting for the rights we all take for granted. Please share his story to support the fight!

    by KibbutzAmiad on Mon Aug 05, 2013 at 03:05:51 PM PDT

  •  "Where will Canadians go if U.S. socializes (2+ / 0-)
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    mcmom, coffejoe

    medicine?" To Canada, DUH.

    The last time I was subjected to U.S. "health care" (emergency version), I contracted an in-hospital post-op infection. Thankfully, I had Canadian socialized medicine to look after me (for free) during the three months it took to recover from American maltreatment.

    You're Number 1 (and you treat your patients like Number 2)!

  •  "one half of one third of the federal government" (0+ / 0-)

    The asshole is only about 1% of the human body, but when it shuts down and won't let anything pass, the whole body gets sick.

  •  Why the holy fuck are they IN WASHINGTON if they (0+ / 0-)

    hate it so much?  Why the holy fuck are they in the very office that they disdain?  Why are they participating (for a nice salary, pension, perks, benefits)....if one can call all that obstruction "participating" in the very government that they want to get rid of ....On our fucking dime?

    This is my question for those "Town Hall" meetings...........

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