“Organizing For America”, the collective behind President Obama’s perpetual campaign, decided to lend some assistance to the beleagured Congressman Gerry Connolly this afternoon by holding a “thank you rally” in front of his office in Annandale. Four days ago, an email started rallying the Obama troops to come to the defense of Connolly, suggesting a pretty impressive crowd would show up to thank him for his vote to gut medicare spending, socializing a fifth of our economy, and adding as much as $1.2 trillion in federal outlays to the budget at a time of exploding budget deficits. What ended up happening was a little different than what most folks expected.
First, here’s the rallying cry from “Organizing For America”:
As you know, The US House passed a bill for real healthcare reform with a public option late on Saturday night. This bill is a huge step in the fight for healthcare reform and it’s because people like YOU made your voices heard in Congress. The phone calls, letters and emails you all sent pushed 220 Representatives to vote for the bill. Congressman Connolly stood on the side of real healthcare reform voting for HR 3962. This Friday, we’ll be going to his office to thank him for his support and ask him to vote for the final healthcare bill when it comes back to the House. We want him to know that his constituents appreciate his support for this bill. Please join us on Friday to keep pushing forward on healthcare reform!
DATE: Friday, November 13th
TIME: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
WHERE: Congressman Connolly’s District Office - 4115 Annandale Rd, Suite 103, Annandale, VA 22003
WHAT: Join others as we rally outside his to thank Congressman Connolly for his support of the healthcare bill and to ask him to vote for real reform again in the future.
RSVP: Email me, Emily at firstname.lastname@example.org so we know you’re coming!
See you Friday,
Emily, State Director VA Public Option
Democracy For America
So today was the day when legions of supporters of socialized medicine were to flex their muscle. Here they were, in all their glory.
Meanwhile, some folks that weren’t all too pleased with Connolly decided to show up and express their opinion, gathered together pretty much by personal emails that started going out Wednesday evening. I don’t know, but it looks like the numbers are just a little unbalanced here.
and here’s the view from across the street:
If the weather hadn’t been so awful, I’d expect that the turnout would have been a lot higher on both sides, but when the opponents of Connolly’s vote appear to dwarf the supporters by a factor of four at a rally organized by the supporters I really doubt Organizing For America would have had the larger crowd.
It looks to me that the OFA legions that were supposed to provide political cover for “moderate” Democrats who were toeing the Pelosi line in defiance of the sentiments in their district have dwindled into obscurity. Meanwhile the coalition of “tea party” protestors, conservatives, and others concerned about the direction of this country is as strong as ever, if not getting larger and more engaged. People like Gerry Connolly have to be mighty concerned about this, as they’re being abandoned by the folks they were counting on to politically protect them right as they deliver their politically dangerous votes in favor of the Obama-Pelosi-Reid agenda. With their allies all but gone and their opponents as loud and energized as ever, representatives like Connolly are in deep trouble.
In a little less from one year from now, Connolly will answer to the voters for what he’s done. If this straw poll is any indication, we’re going to be welcoming a new Congressman in the 11th District when that happens.
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