Donald Lambro

Last week, voters in New York's 20th Congressional District -- represented by Democrat Scott Murphy -- came armed with questions and strong opinions about his vote for Obamacare.

The 90-minute barrage of questions and criticisms "was fierce at times and relentless," the Glens Falls Post-Star reported last week.

In Florida's 24th District, Democratic Rep. Suzanne Kosmas, one of the GOP's chief targets in November, preferred call-in "tele-town hall" events rather than face-to-face meetings. But station WDBO reported that "More than 4,000 people called into the event and many of them let her know they didn't like her yes vote" on Obamacare.

"How can a Congressperson that has been elected by the people just ignore the will of the people and allow their party to buy and bribe and extort votes to pass a bill that nearly 70 percent of the American public did not want," a caller asked her. In back-to-back town hall meetings in Bedford and Merrimack, N.H., Rep. Carol Shea-Porter, another vulnerable Democrat, "faced consistent boos, heckles and catcalls after almost every point she rattled off in defense of her vote," Politico reports.

"When she told the crowd the obvious -- that they had the chance to oust her in seven months -- the notion prompted claps and a promise from one man who thundered, 'And we will.'"

The National Republican Congressional Committee has been running TV ads in many of these key districts, most recently against Kosmas and Rep. Allen Boyd in Florida who they are targeting as part of the "Flip-Flop Five." Polls suggest that Florida will vote heavily Republican in November, largely because of opposition to the health care plan.

The word coming back from House Democrats to party leaders here is that voter anger in competitive districts is intense over Obamacare and it's not going to recede anytime soon. Indeed, Democratic strategists are now talking about a turnover wave that could topple their congressional majority.

At a breakfast briefing last week, Democratic pollster Stan Greenberg implied that if the election were held today, "Republicans would make similar gains to their 1994 wins, when they took 54 seats and the majority," The Hill weekly newspaper reported. A GOP gain of 40 seats would put them back in control of the House.

The political reality that is at work in this election is a weak economic recovery that is going to produce anemic job growth for the rest of this year, skyrocketing federal debt that Obama's trillion-dollar health care entitlements and other spending initiatives will worsen and a wave of government rules and regulations that will suffocate future economic innovation and growth.

If the Democrats think this month's town hall meetings were tough, wait until they see the ones that await them in August.


Donald Lambro

Donald Lambro is chief political correspondent for The Washington Times.



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