Before the revelation of his YouTubed town hall meeting, Congressman Chabot had banned cell phones at his town hall meetings since July 2011. Then he got publicity he did not need. The Tea Party went after him. The Tea Party joined the Left to skin him.
This is a very good thing. This shows these arrogant dolts that the Internet will get them when they pull bonehead stunts. YouTube will make them famous in a way they do not want. The Internet is powerful.
Congress found this out on Wednesday, January 18. SOPA went down in flames. The Good Old Boys thought they could pull a fast one. They couldn’t. They got caught.
Congress is filled with bi-partisan mini-tyrants. They are finding that the public has had it, and the Internet is the public’s tool of revenge.
Chabot has also been known to restrict the format of his town hall events, requiring participants to sign in when they enter and write out their questions beforehand. Staffers then choose which questions the congressman answers.
In response to the outcry, Schwartz said that at Chabot’s next town hall meeting, scheduled for Monday, cameras will not be confiscated and individuals will be able to ask questions directly.
“We will be modifying our policy to allow individual citizens to bring cameras to our town hall events and will be instructing those in attendance that if they have a private question for the Congressman that he will be available to meet with them after the meeting concludes,” he said.
As a former staffer for Ron Paul, let me assure you that any Congressman who lets his staffers cherry-pick questions in a public meeting is a brain-dead, gutless wonder.Can you imagine Ron Paul screening questions? Confiscating cell phones?
It is a delight to watch these guys run for cover. This is the wave of the future. They will get no more free rides. They will get lots of free publicity on YouTube.
Hooray for YouTube. Hooray for cell phones. Hooray for the Internet.