RUSH: I said at the end of the program yesterday that I was gonna discuss the Tea Party. Nobody remembers I said that, but here's what it is. It's an ABC News story: "Tea Party Blasts Lawmakers for Fearing Town Hall Obamacare Fight." This basically is that we had a caller yesterday who wanted to ask me if Tea Party people, Republicans, showing up at town halls can actually make a difference. What I was gonna say is, "They're not having the town halls. They're avoiding them."
This story says, "Reports of the Tea Party's demise are greatly exaggerated, or so its leadership would have us believe. Sure, the four-year-old movement is maturing and all those attention-grabbing headlines from 2009 are much harder to come by in 2013." What this story's about, is Brent Bozell and the Media Research Center are trying to get Republicans to have town hall meetings.
They're not having them. The Tea Party people are being shut out. There aren't any town hall meetings. We're at August 22nd, and there haven't been any to speak of. There've been a few, and when they've happened, Republicans have shown up and given members of Congress what-for. But there haven't been nearly as many.