Monday, August 10, 2009
Last Saturday, Dan Maffei had a line drawn between himself and his constituents. Yes, he had a literal line put on the ground, which can be seen at the left, but the bigger line is the gulf of arrogance that is alienating his constituents (hat tip to Red, White, and Blue in the Face for the photo).
I’ve showed the video of Dan Maffei wagging his finger at constituents and lecturing them on why he can’t read bills, here. I came across the following video and report from Channel 9 WSYR regarding that particular town hall meeting and it looks as though the same arrogance that prompted his outburst is causing his support to erode (you can read about it here).
Maffei says he wants to hear from constituents when talking to the media, but that statement is inconsistent with his actions. Saturday’s town hall meeting was to be by appointment only, a way to hide instead facing those with concerns. Maffei should be applauded for holding a large session at the end so all could get time with their congressman, but that session should have been about Maffei listening and listening carefully. Instead, he lectured the crowd.
Maffei takes only some of the blame of course. Obama and Pelosi sent out orders for congressman to argue the case for Obamacare and if hit, hit back twice. It seems to me, Maffei is being a good soldier for the leftist cause. However, the correct response to concerned constituents is not arrogance, but attentiveness.