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. Randolph Carter

    Actually, that's pretty funny. Turnabout is fair play. Good thinking, repubs. Have a nice day!

    August 5, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  2. Rodney

    Angry mob incited by the GOP?

    If there is any inciting going on it is clearly on the part of the DNC.

    I think EVERYONE, everyone would agree – Voting on bills not read is not just bad but STUPID. And it was a democratic rep – Conyers, making light of actually reading a bill....

    August 5, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  3. Andy J, NY, NY

    So, let me get this straight......

    DNC claims RNC is "inciting mobs," and by this they mean folks are voicing their opposition to the far left agenda being shoved down America's throat.... then DNC tells all their cronies to call RNC to voice their opposition....... yet one is a "mob" and the other is ????????

    I don't see a difference. Except the DNC is making wild accusations and calling average americans extremists and "mobs", when they are simply people who are SICK of the SPENDING.

    what a bunch of scum bags.

    August 5, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  4. Ellid

    Wonderful. They gin up the base and then attempt to silence those who call them on it. This is not my father's Republican party by any stretch of the imagination, and I am glad that he did not live to see such tactics.

    August 5, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  5. Kurt

    Hmm, dirty tricks, mob, shouting down tactics? Sounds familiar. People who did that sort of thing wore brown shirts I think, but I can't remember their party name. Hmmmmmmmmm....

    August 5, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  6. A. Goodwin

    I hope this tactic blows up in the GOP's face!!

    August 5, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  7. Marey

    I was one of the people in the audience at the Constitution Center in Philadelphia. While I support any group's right to demonstrate and/ or protest as loudly as they like, their rights should cease when they infringe upon my rights. I wanted to hear what the speakers had to say so that I can make an informed decision on a serious issue. The demonstrators should have been removed from the hall, either by security or Philadelphia's Finest, and given space outside to make their point.

    August 5, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  8. Elle

    Are these people demented???

    WE NEED HEALTHCARE REFORM!!! I am a small business owner and I CAN'T AFFORD the insane rates healthcare companies want to charge me to cover BASIC healthcare for me and my family. We have no prior conditions and we barely even visit the doctor over once a year, yet they want to charge us THOUSANDS of dollars per year – and have the gall to RAISE our rates ever year by more than 10%.

    THIS IS WRONG!!!!! WE NEED HEALTHCARE REFORM!!!! Any of you who disagree must either be too rich to care, or too stupid to know any better.

    August 5, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  9. SallySue

    Everyone should be very afraid of any health care plan that comes out of "Congress" that doesn't include the members of Congress in the plan. Guess they can't lower themselves to what's good enough for the masses. Whatever they come up with should apply to all – including "NOBAMA"!

    August 5, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  10. jim

    A petty stunt and not even a rebuttal of the DNC's claims. Its maturity level ranks around "I you are but what and I am?" and "yo mama".

    It seems to me that the majority of partisan nonsense comes from party officials in the RNC & DNC, and less from elected government officials.
    Anyone else notice this?

    August 5, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  11. mary

    These Dems are out of touch with the American people. If Obama care is not good enough for them then it's certainly NOT good enough for the lowly tax paying citizens. They seem to forget that THEY WORK FOR US!!!!

    August 5, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  12. WKD

    Just reiterates that the GOP has no intention of listening to anyone. Way to shoot yourself in the foot. And make yourself look even worse than the DNC did in the first place.

    August 5, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  13. Carmen, Miami FL

    Republicans are truly scum. Pure disgusting politics and games, no policy. I would ignore them completely if their tactics weren't so nasty.

    August 5, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  14. Standardman

    Can you people not see that no matter WHAT the trickery (on both sides) that people are fed up, pay a little closer attention to what is going on, people are mad and they are both DEMOCRATS AND REPULICANS, there will be no respect if the congressional members don't listen to the people first, they are tired of giving and tired of NO ACTION! I cannot say with certainty that I oppose healthcare reform when in fact I do not oppose it, IT IS BROKEN and a sweeping bill that NO CONGRESSIONAL member has read really ticks their consitituency off tokn end, DO NOT GO blindly into that good night, do not follow a pied piper just becasue of the song, listen to the ones who are affected by this,. TALK TO THOSE IN HEALTHCARE who have workable solutions.

    August 5, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  15. Steve-Illinois

    Why is it that any group that is against a healthcare reform bill, that our elected officials for some reason refuse to actually read, are considered "angry mobs," but a group giving speeches and cheerleading for healthcare reform is considered a rally?
    It seems pretty simple, ask your elected representatives if they feel the health care reform bill is good enough for them and their families, then include yourselves in the coverage, and vote yes. If not, then vote no. If all elected officials and government employees are covered under the same plan, then it's good enough for me. but if not, then I'll choose for myself.

    August 5, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  16. calvin

    Both the dnc and gop should get to work and stop playing games. we need a health system that works for all . take your time and do it right that would be a first for your branch of the goverment in 4 decades.

    August 5, 2009 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  17. HBO

    I believe that the premise is that the GOP (the party of NO) is opposing it and... are inciting this under-educated followers to protest just for the sake of protesting (maybe get on TV... or become the next "Joe the Dumber").

    No one said anything about "rabid extremists," opposing healthcare reform. Unless of course, Ms. Gitcho is suggesting that GOP has become synonymous with "rabid extremists." In which case, I'd say she makes a great point.

    August 5, 2009 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  18. Jane/Seattle

    This is so childish! When will politics take a back seat to solving the critical issues we face? Never under runaway crapitalism.

    August 5, 2009 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  19. Popduds.com

    The GOP makes me want to puke sometimes. How about some ideas for a change?

    August 5, 2009 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  20. Pincus

    Whatever these protesters think, they are acting in a rabid, undemocratic manner, egged on by scripted phrases and stage moves provided for them by the RNC and the Health Care lobbies. Democrats aren't accusing the Republicans of being behind these juvenile explosions. Democrats have proved it with documents and visual evidence. And with Fox News parroting the talking points, the MSM simply goes along for the ride. But remember: at its very core, this type of action is undemocractic and a threat to the very underpinning of America's political contract with her citizens.

    August 5, 2009 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  21. JGB

    The Buzz about the United States Post Office considering closing 700 offices is an indication of the incompetence of the Government being capable of running our health care. How can the post office not have money, they raise the price of stamps every year and they have no competition. Medicare, Medicare and social security are broke and they are wanting to start a multi trillion dollar healthcare experiment! Healthcare reform...Yes, but not the disaster they are trying to cram down our throats. Stop the Democrats before they totally bankrupt this country. Obama is a failed experiment and should be recalled.

    August 5, 2009 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  22. TCM

    There's no need to turn the tables on those liberal idiot dems; they're self-destructive. The biggest weapon against them? The truth.

    August 5, 2009 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  23. Harry8

    Press 2 instead of 1. Ask why the republicans have sided with insurance corporations over the taxpayers!

    Ask why their high priced lawyers and paid lobbyist are telling people to disrupt civic events like Town Hall Meetings.

    What are the republicans afraid of?

    August 5, 2009 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  24. Seth

    That's a neat trick but it's also an oppurtunity for the DNC to talk with Republican voters who are calling to support the RNC and get directed to the DNC.

    August 5, 2009 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  25. blaster

    The liberals obviously can dish it out but can't take it. How dare the citizens of this country voice their displeasure....what do the libs think this is, a democracy? They're so used to move on, acorn, and other organized riot groups that they can't understand that sometimes people congregate by choice, not the dictates of big brother. And even if it is organized, so what? The libs do it all the time.

    August 5, 2009 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
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