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. Go Congress

    Republicans want to scream and Democrats just want to shove their fingers in their ears.

    No one is listening to anyone else, so much for the good of the country.

    August 5, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  2. bob

    I think the problem the DNC chairman has with this is really that the dems had not done it. There is no proof that he or the dems have regarding their charge that republicans were inciting the mobs that are against Obama's and especially Nancy Pelosi's and Waxman's idea of a health plan.

    Wake up- or your magician in charge will be out after one term

    August 5, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  3. bubba551

    "[Republicans] want to shout out – and now completely ignore – anyone who disagrees with them."

    Last time I checked it was the Democrats who have a filibuster proof majority. They are the only ones in a position to ignore anyone.

    August 5, 2009 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  4. Deb

    Just like the party of NO...they start trouble and then can not finish it. I am sure the right wingers think this incredibly smart. I can just picture Hannity and Dick Morris talking about Obama never saw this coming. What jerks!

    August 5, 2009 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  5. Lori in St Pete

    Gail Gitcho isn't very bright: "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."

    Regardless of who opposes it, the people calling the RNC and being rerouted to the DNC are those who SUPPORT it. Meanwhile, the RNC adds more fuel to the Dem's claim that Americans want this by the sheer volume of calls. But hey, if the rethugs in charge are really so clueless as to not get that, more power to them!

    That being said, they don't seem to want to represent constituents who don't toe the party line. At least the dems will put themselves out there to be screamed at (or shouted over) by organized mobs paid for by big pharma and big insurance. Don't deny it thugs – your corporate handlers have already admitted it and sold you out.

    August 5, 2009 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  6. dustin

    cowardly repubs

    August 5, 2009 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  7. Neal Page

    This DNC claim is false. I went to my congressman's town hall couple of weeks ago. Very concerned, civil crowd. When I calmly directed my opposition to a state senator on the dias, she shouted me down. Very unprofessional and disrepectful. Truth is, conservatives work hard, care about freedom, and want all who work to better themselves to succeed. It simply rubs us the wrong way when we are asked to pay for folks looking for a handout. Most of us worked our way up from humble beginnings. This country gave us a chance, we looked around at how to make a good life, and went after it. Didn't ask for, or expect the government to pay for our needs. We worked for it. Simple. Thanks.

    August 5, 2009 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  8. Jerry Downs

    Childish actions on both sides. We want adults to run the country who tell us the truth. At this point, neither side tell the people the truth.

    August 5, 2009 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  9. GOP,the party of NO to anyone but angry men

    Heaven help us. The GOP want to leave us with a scortched earth if they do not get what they want, when they want it, like spoiled two year olds.

    August 5, 2009 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  10. 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 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  11. Brenda in Detroit

    keep turning if you must. WE have the White House – WE are in charge. Get with the program.

    August 5, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  12. dave

    That’s it for me! That did it. Lou Dobbs was bad enough, but now this? I won’t be watching CNN anymore….not even Anderson Cooper who I thought reported the news totally honestly and unbiased.

    August 5, 2009 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  13. Aviate

    Clever but dishonest. That's today's GOP in a nutshell (emphasis on nut) Able to dish it out, but unable to take it (no wonder they love Sarah Palin). Demanding that they be heard but denying that opportunity to all who oppose them (remember, Democrats weren't even *allowed* in Bush's town halls). Singing the praises of democracy while undermining its very foundations. Cynical in the extreme and offering the American people nothing but fear itself.

    August 5, 2009 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  14. ATR

    I guess this proves the RNC has no answers on health care. They won't even take calls from voters. By the way GOP, WHERE'S YOUR HEALTH CARE PLAN?

    August 5, 2009 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  15. jasonk

    Is there anything the corporative neocons have done to benefit Americans in the last 8 years? Hypocrisy thy name GOP

    August 5, 2009 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  16. mattd

    Does anyone think the administration is going to suddenly listen to the concerns of the middle class. Every dollar now spent and 1.6 trillion before it has and will sell another portion of our country to hina. Treason anyone?

    August 5, 2009 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  17. Fred

    Well they never have listened to the little guy so this is consistant.

    Now if we were all multimillionaires ....

    August 5, 2009 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  18. Daisy

    This may be one of the best catfights I've seen in a while...

    "Oh no she didn't!"

    August 5, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  19. KC

    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. -- no, it just proves that they are tired of the childish antics and complaining of the DNC. Grow up Dems...we, the taxpayers of the United States (of all parties), can think for ourselves and personally, we are tired of the liberal maniacs trying to take over our freedoms, our country and our lives. We don't like it. So stop.

    August 5, 2009 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  20. mr scott

    So let me get this right. The Republican party is playing high school pranks while the country drowns in over priced co-oped corporate health care. Is it any wonder they have to tell thier followers what to do and think?

    Is it any wonder they are a dying shell of what Dwight D. Eisenhower stood for?

    Ask Sarah Palin, if she even knows who Dwight Eisenhower was.

    August 5, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  21. arivera

    Thanks for the info, two can play this game. We are not going to let the party of death, destruction and hate to kill the health care bill like they do to so many throughout the world.

    August 5, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  22. Claudia in Houson

    The GOP has nothing to offer and need some serious counseling on how to restore integrity in their party. Calling Dr. Phil.

    August 5, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  23. jennifer

    That is a really "class" act.

    August 5, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  24. Mud

    Scum bag RNC/GOP going down in flames... they are disgusting and shameless...

    August 5, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  25. Denna

    Ah, the Republicans love a challenge. Neat little trick RNC; you guys are so cool. D@mn it! Why don't you morons get to work on some real solutions to this country's woes instead of screwing around. You are so worthless.

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