If so, demand a TownHall!
The sea change that was the 2010 midterm elections which wrested control of the United States House of Representatives from Nancy Pelosi’s grip had very little to do with election day in November 2010. Election Day was a mere formality. The wave that crashed ashore in November began as a ground swell in August as tens of thousands of concerned citizens confronted, questioned, and conversed with their Representatives in TownHall meetings across the country. What they found was a deeply dissatisfying lack of actual representation. As a result scores of incumbents were defeated.
Four years later many of the replacement representatives who benefited from the August 2010 energy and dissatisfaction are retreating from view, unwilling to hold the same TownHall style meetings from which they so greatly benefitted.
The best way for the electorate to hold public officials accountable is to be informed and engaged. The best way to be engaged is to meet officials in their districts and remind them how folks think outside the Beltway. If members of Congress are not quick to set up TownHall meetings during this August ...