But a year after tea party protesters disrupted their town hall meetings — and with control of the House hanging in the balance — many politically vulnerable House Democrats now appear reluctant to telegraph where and when they will appear in open forums.
This dynamic illustrates the clear enthusiasm gap between Republicans and Democrats, with public polls and anecdotal evidence showing the GOP is fired up for the mid-term election and Democratic voters are not.
“Everyone’s nightmare is you have an event and there are more of the other people there than your people,” said the chief of staff to one politically vulnerable House Democrat.
Another Democrat’s top aide said opponents scan Websites for public events for “unfavorable uses.”
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