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. Johnnieg

    Why can't these idiots work together to solve our problems . Mc Cain is like such a sore loser,. I can't beleive this man went through such a bad ordeal as a prisioner , and acts like a tied old jealous man. Help Obama . Lets get this country back in the right direction .
    People out off work and the two partys are playing phone tag like little kids .Can you understand that? People out off work and that crap is going on .
    Oh, and Gov Palin? Mc Cain created a monster.Thanks Senator!

    August 5, 2009 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  2. Mark

    The ghoost of Lee Atwater must be laughing his butt off. The RNC and GOP will do anything to avoid any tyoe of discussion and won't even accept responsibility for what they are telling people to do.

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

    Just another low life trick by the RNC.

    August 5, 2009 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  4. Joe

    Republicans don't want to have a discussion and I guess neither do you. Run the Cigna Ad!

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

    The democrats complain about the republicans and then put out an outrageous video demeaning all conservatives!! What were they thinking? That the repubs would say thanks? They got what they deserved at the DNC. Sounds like the pot calling the kettle black.

    August 5, 2009 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  6. liberals must go

    this is hysterical.

    i hope all the moveon.org people end up screaming at George Soros.

    haha!!! liberals aren't very bright!!

    August 5, 2009 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  7. lila

    The mobs are not able to have an honest debate about health care. If you try and talk to one of them they start making the most crazy claims and have no real proof to back it up.
    What I hear is that they are angry and afraid. They don't want to hear information that is going to make them feel less angry and afraid. Facts are not the issue. They reject facts as "MSM" lies or Obama lies. They reject reality because it does not give them what they need. The issue is that they need something to believe that will support their fear and wrath because it validates their emotions.

    August 5, 2009 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  8. Nick

    at what point have they NOT done this? I guess there is a part of me that is relieved to see that the Democrats are finally acknowledging that they have let these crooks completely railroad the government. Maybe someday they will DO something about it, instead of just trying to talk about it.

    August 5, 2009 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  9. Jerry

    Typical of some conservatives.....win at any cost.

    August 5, 2009 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  10. Melissa

    For 8 years the GOP declared anyone that didn't kiss Bush's butt was not a real American and was an enemy to the American way of life. Now they're whining because we won't put up with it anymore. Enough is enough.

    August 5, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  11. Chris from NY

    The media is stoking this to it's peril. You keep feeding it and we will do the same things they are doing and fights will ensue in the street and the Republicans will pull their guns. People are already being killed for the anger and fear stoked by the Republicans and some media outlets. Just as John Hoyher said it's going to be a hot summer if not a summer of bloodshed. The media might want to pipe this down a little bit before they begin to reap what they sowed.

    August 5, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  12. B Lewis in Austin

    Let me remind everyone what the GOP did in Florida in 2000 during the recount. They sent their hooligans there to disrupt the recounting work in the precints. So, why should anyone be surprised at what is happening now at local town hall meetings? Afterall, this is the party that, figuratively speaking, "eats their own". Ask John McCain how Geroge Bush, Karl Rove et al., maliciously and without merit attacked him during the 2000 primaries. They wrote the playbook on "dirty" politics.

    August 5, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  13. Jay T.

    I've seen the videos of these "mobs." It is just a bunch of angry, misinformed white guys who have learned to scream opposing views down because they can't formulate a coherent, fact-based argument for themselves. Just watching it is turning me into an angry white guy. We just need to remember this is the Rove strategy- Divide and conquer. So, just let them throw their ignorant tantrums at each other. It is killing their argument.

    August 5, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  14. Scott

    Wow, how immature. Nice of the GOP to prove they don't want to listen to those they represent.

    August 5, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  15. IndyVoter

    Real mature RNC....NOT! If you can't take the heat then stop sturring up stuff in the kitchen!

    August 5, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  16. S M R

    You Republicans don't have an argument. You are plain and simply in bed with the Insurance companies and Special interest groups. Health Care Reform will lower premiums for all Americans,and this would be a bad thing?

    August 5, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  17. Brady

    This whole RNC vs. DNC fight is so ridiculous and juvenile that it's actually funny.

    August 5, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  18. Richard

    GOP at it again. Who's taking this party seriously these day's?

    Do they have any ideas that the American people who voted in the Democrat majority want to hear?

    Here is a word they will recognize...."NO" they do not.

    August 5, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  19. TjayeInLA

    Ok...I'm a Dem, but this is funny! LOL

    August 5, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  20. Outcast

    Has any oneposting on these boards actually read the proposed healthcare bill?

    Oh that's right, there is about 4 proposals going around right now in congress. So complaining about something that isn't even up for a vote is just plain silly.

    As for the protesting:

    Name one protest the democratic party was a part of that was sponsored by a large corporation and I will take back all the nasty things I've said about the GOP in the last 8 years.

    August 5, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  21. John in Austin, Texas

    Well – if the GOP has branded the educated, caring people of the US as "liberal elitist", then i guess this again shows the GOP as the "immature, uneducated, underhanded, cheating, and civil-war inciting bigots". What is worse – is that this is the party that considers themselves "Christians" and they are anything BUT...especially in their fight against helping heal those less fortunate (i.e.healthcare reform).

    The hypocrisy is pathetic.

    August 5, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  22. Adelita

    "If I only had a heart..."

    August 5, 2009 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  23. Robin in Tampa, FL

    These so called "angry" citizens are definitely being organized by outside groups.... it's one thing to have a civil discussion about health care and vent your disagreements, it's quite another thing to go to these meetings and act like hooligans.

    August 5, 2009 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  24. LOKEL

    Why doesn't someone in the Democratic Party turn the tables and demand that the Republicans produce a viable alternative to what has been proposed ....

    August 5, 2009 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  25. drman

    Why wouldn't the RNC redirect the calls to a place where people could listen to the GOP plan that is so superior to the DEM plan?
    Oh, Right, the GOP doesn't have any plan...... they only have what their Fox News and Rush programed them to repeat over and over.....
    America must fail, America must fail, Obama must fail, the Middle Class must fail.........

    August 5, 2009 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
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