August 5th, 2009
05:00 PM ET
5 years ago

GOP turns tables on Democrats

WASHINGTON (CNN) - National Republicans turned the tables on their political counterparts Wednesday by redirecting angry telephone calls coming into their switchboard to the Democratic National Committee.

The DNC released a Web video early in the morning accusing the GOP of inciting mob activity at town hall meetings.

At the end of the video, the DNC instructs people to call the Republican National Committee to express outrage. Callers who dial the RNC's main number to voice their concern about the DNC's charges are told to press 1, which sends them to the DNC's main switchboard.

DNC spokesman Brad Woodhouse described the RNC's redirection as a "neat trick," but said it just further proves the Democrats' point about the GOP.

"The RNC is inciting angry mobs to shout out legitimate discussion at public events across the country and now they want to ignore people who deplore their tactics," Woodhouse said. "Republicans don't want to have a discussion about the future of health care reform – they want to shout out – and now completely ignore – anyone who disagrees with them."


RNC spokeswoman Gail Gitcho dismissed the DNC's charge and accused Democrats of "trying to divert attention from the widespread opposition to President Obama's government-run health care experiment.

"The fact is many Democrats are opposed to the president's plan, including many Democrats in Congress," she said. "We wanted to make sure that callers who believe only 'rabid extremists' are opposing the president's health care plan have the opportunity to express those concerns to the DNC."


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soundoff (283 Responses)
  1. Lisa, Las Vegas NV

    Why is the media so ready to accept the GOP's position on healthcare by allowing them to continually misrepresent what they and you know not to be true. Most Americans do want healthcare reform and really aren't getting into the politics. The Republican party dominates only 7 states in the entire nation. They know as well as the media knows that when healthcare reform passes, it will be a very long time before Republicans gain power on the Hill again. Just as we witnessed during the election, lack of ideas and relying on personal and policy attacks and lies, don't work anymore. The American people have seen this movie before and didn't like the end. This time, they will be going to a different movie.

    August 5, 2009 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  2. Tom C in NY

    The Rethuglicant Party needs to be replaced by an actual party for rational grownups.

    August 5, 2009 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  3. WAW

    Having grown up in the South, this doesn't surprise me at all. White segregationist did this, and the Republican Party is now nothing other than the party switchers who left the Democratic Party back then. Ask Julian Bond about the Republican Party in the South. Ask Charles Colson about the Nixon Southern Strategy. Ask Newt about slash and burn campaigning. The Republican Party has not changed, it is the people who were taught to hate and fear and until some of those generations are gone the party will continue to do nothing but hate and fear.

    August 5, 2009 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  4. FactCheck

    GOP: stuck in denial. At this rate, managing 173 electoral votes in 2012 would be a huge victory for them.

    August 5, 2009 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  5. Steve, Columbia SC

    Hey DNC, what drugs are you on thinking ANYONE or ANY ORGANIZATON is responsible for the citizen outrate at town hall meetings?

    Whatever drugs you're taking, be sure to file your claim with your private insurance company and get a good supply....................because you won't be able to get them under Obamacare.

    Ooops I forgot, the DNC will have their own plush coverage outside what's available for anyone else.

    August 5, 2009 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  6. The Voice

    What we have now in healthcare isn't working, so why keep doing what is not working. The Republicans continue to follow the same steps the Bush administration left.

    America voted for Change, now deal with it.!!

    August 5, 2009 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  7. Failure is a Republican

    Anyone else notice that the GOP and RNC have been adopting many of the strategies that the current Iranian Government have been using?

    It's like the GOP and RNC have turned into a Right Wing Islamic Extremest Group as their playbook and actions are pretty close anymore.

    Them sending people to shout down and IGNORE REASONED discourse at Town Hall Meetings is the same as the Basij Militia going after Iranian Protesters. They just haven't resorted to violence… yet.

    August 5, 2009 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  8. DanFango

    The Rethugs are the party that cheats, cooks the books, games the system, invents their own facts, or in other words, outright lies: it's the heritage of "tricky Dick" and his dirty tricks squad. It's worked for them over and over. Why should we expect anything else ( or more) of them?

    August 5, 2009 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  9. WMCB

    You mean…you mean….they are community organizing???

    How horrible! What utterly DISGUSTING tactics! Quick, pass a law saying only Chicago Democrats are allowed to read Saul Alinsky!”

    August 5, 2009 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  10. Scott, Tucson

    Inciting the America people who don't trust Obama's health care plan, well that's just another lie from the leftist wing of the DNC. Maybe the American people are finally waking up and are fed up with thetax us to death,elitist democrats in congress.

    August 5, 2009 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  11. kiowa

    Hardly a mob? Citizens upset on what Obams plans are and so called vision is for them, Come on you guys I know you all know better then that.. You Democrats in congess sure are brave when you are shooting yours mouths off on what your extermination plans are for seniors in Obamas healthcare reform. But chickens when they listen to how the Americans feel. Don't think it won't effect you young people because it will. Insist your Congressmen, Senators read the reform and read it to you. Don't just take thier word for it make them show you.

    August 5, 2009 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  12. Post always rejected by CNN

    Hey fellow Americans let turn the tables on the republicans who are the cause of this mess. Lets write LETTERS TO THE EDITORS LETS SEND EMAIL TO THE NEWSPAPERS. Let picket the republican offices let sock it to em they are a bunch of liars who deserve no quarter. Lets let the country see them for what they are. A bunch of greedy, self centered money grubbers who would do anything to Americans and this country to make a buck for them and big business.

    August 5, 2009 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  13. flygirl

    Is it really effective to subvert interested parties who may actually be curious in what the RNC has to say? How is this effective discourse?

    Childish is what it sounds like.

    August 5, 2009 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  14. Kevin

    The Republicans can oppose something but do it in a respectful way protesting in the streets about health care is stupid. We all want affordable great health care in the United States so we must work together to get it. Since the health care plan has not been final in any form yet...what are we debating now? I support the President and will certainly listen to his plan. If I don’t like the plan then I will keep what I have, but trust me we need health care now. We talked about it for years.

    August 5, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  15. Jon

    Apparently the GOP can't take a bit of criticism.

    August 5, 2009 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  16. Gee

    It amazes me that the Democrats have been using these tactics for decades....in fact one of the most dangerous groups in America right now is ACORN and their partner groups....seems like they believe it is okay for them to organize and come out in the public but it is some how creepy, unfair tactics when the Republicans take a page from the Democrat's own book and use it against them.....typical liberal whiners trying to find a scapegoat for an ill-conceived health care reform plan....

    August 5, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  17. Wes

    That is exactly how my 6 year old and 5 year old behave. Maybe they should run for congress. This country is in a low and rising but maybe our leaders could stop bickering and behave like adults and try and get us out of this recession.

    August 5, 2009 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  18. George

    Let's have a referendum on the proposed health plan and see if the people really want it. Don't tell us that a referendum would be too expensive with all our money that Obama is giving away. A referendum would be a worthwhile expense.

    August 5, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  19. Anarchy X

    Good for you, GOP!

    What a hypocritical attack by the DNC. They routinely shout down anyone who thinks government health care is bad, who thinks abortion is bad, or who thinks global warming is a natural phenomenon (which, believe it or not, every responsible scientist would be forced to acknowledge the world has been both much colder and much warmer than it is today, without mankind having been around.)

    Apparently the DNC does not think people opposed to health care "reform" should be told about town meetings and encouraged to express their opinions. Just people who think it's a good idea, ie. socialists.

    August 5, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  20. David Hall

    People have a right to express how they feel and politicians are not happy with what everyone has to say. Politicians always think they know what is best, but often they do not as with this healthcare bill.

    August 5, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  21. Georgia

    The RNC should have a new acronym: RAM = Republicans are Morons!

    They don't care about Middle Class American's – they only care about the rich and major corporations!!!!!!! When are people going to wake up to this when they vote??????

    August 5, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  22. Judi

    Perfect! DNC inciting mobs to express their outrage while complaining about mobs expressing their outrage.

    It was Obama who said to argue and get in people's faces and that community organization was a good thing.

    August 5, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  23. Steve Barnard

    The Obama health plan is long on platitudes and short on specifics. With 8 out of 10 people satisfied with their insurance and 1/3 of the uninsured qualified for Medicaid it seems like smaller adjustments more focussed on cost containment would be more practical.

    August 5, 2009 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  24. sandy

    Can't we all just get along?

    August 5, 2009 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  25. Geralyn

    More dirty tricks from the RNC. And yet, there are still those that defend them. It would be funny if health care reform was not as deadly serious as it is. And I mean " deadly". Without health care reform people will not be able to keep up with the rising costs. They will get sick and not be able to afford treatment and people will die.
    All of our senators and congressmen should not have healthcare until all the citizens of the United States have healthcare coverage.

    August 5, 2009 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
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