Thursday’s “House Call” gathering, on the West Front of the Capitol, comes at a critical time in the health care debate — sandwiched between those mixed-bag election results and the first vote by a full congressional chamber on health care.
It’s not the kind of event (even if it reaches proportions some organizers are predicting) that’s likely to change many minds.
But if you need evidence of where the political energy and excitement has gone, one year since Grant Park, a lunchtime midday rally in Washington isn’t a bad place to start.
(Try to imagine the old Obama campaign army pulling off something roughly comparable in as short a time, with as little formal planning — or even with spreadsheets and call lists and marching orders, for that matter.)
Telling, particularly in the wake of NY-23: House Republican leaders — including Leader John Boehner, Whip Eric Cantor, Conference Chairman Mike Pence, and Republican Study Committee Chairman Tom Price — plan to speak.
(Not that they necessarily what to make of the energy that will be on display Thursday, either.)
But the day belongs to Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn. From the release out Thursday:
“On the heels of an election arguably reminiscent of 1993’s reaction against HillaryCare, nearly one thousand activists with Patients First–a project of Americans for Prosperity — traveled to Washington on Thursday to say once again, ‘Hands Off Our Health Care!’
Joining other Americans participating in Rep. Michele Bachmann’s ‘House Call on Health Care,’ Patients First activists from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, North Carolina, and Virginia will participate in a rally at the Capitol before visiting their Congressmen to express opposition to the government takeover of our America’s health care system.”
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