Media reactions to yesterday's rallies

Although we don't have the ability to draw wall-to-wall Fox News coverage with only five protestors like our counterparts on the right (not that we really want that), we did see a lot of local media interest in our rallies in front of congressional district offices yesterday. To me, the striking thing was how many citizens went to their local district offices in places that you ordinarily wouldn't associate with any sort of protest at all. Places like Lawton, Oklahoma, or Palm Desert, California, or Fort Wayne, Indiana.Just as with yesterday's roundup of our rallies, I don't want to overload the blog with too many stories, because if I included all of them, this would be the only post on the next three pages of the blog! So here's a pretty good representative sampling.Local TV news covered the rallies in Fort Wayne, Indiana:


In Saratoga, New York:In Denver, Colorado:In Lawton, OK:And here is some of the print coverage.In conservative Kingwood, Texas, progressives outnumbered Tea Partiers:

Protestors in opposition of the U.S. debt-ceiling stalemate are lined upoutside of Congressman Ted Poe’s Kingwood office. By noon Tuesday, around 46 people were lined up outside Poe’s office for a protest and counter-protest.

In Winchester, Virginia, protestors stood outside Republican Frank Wolf's local office even though staffers appeared to have hidden in the back of the office:

A group stood holding picket signs expressing their views and demands, which included protection of Medicare and Social Security. One participant noted none of the congressman's aides were in the office when they gathered for about an hour.

In downtown Casper, Wyoming, protestors called out Republican Cynthia Lummis for her refusal to look at tax increases on the wealthy:

Protesters complained that Republicans have steadfastly resisted taxing the wealthy while pushing for cuts in programs that help low-income Americans. They criticized Sen. John Barrasso as well as Lummis.

“We have to raise revenues,” said small business owner and Democrat Forest Irons. “Any economist worth their salt will say that.”

Protesters said they were frustrated with Lummis for what they described as her unwillingness to compromise with Democrats.

Rallygoers in Norwich, Connecticut asked the district director for Democrat Joe Courtney if he would sign on to the CPC letter pledging to defend Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid in any budget negotiations:

The group stood on the sidewalk soliciting honks of support for Medicare, Social Security, jobs and public education at noon today. Then they marched up the two flights of stairs at the Thames Plaza on Water Street and into Courtney's office.

Contois told the group she could not answer whether Courtney would sign the Progressive Caucus letter, but he did sign a letter with 32 other members of the Congressional Task Force on Seniors on July 15 urging Obama to reach a deal to avoid defaulting on U.S. loans while keeping a "commitment to the well being of older Americans."

In eastern Pennsylvania and southern New Jersey, rallygoers and callers inundated local offices:

"Time for Washington to grow up and do its (expletive) work." That was a typical posting that appeared on a Twitter feed.

All over Capitol Hill, members of Congress reported that their websites were slowed or even knocked out by the flood of emotion.

More than 50 people of sharply-varying political stripes massed outside of Republican U.S. Rep. Jon Runyan's office in South Jersey.

In northern New Jersey, people lined up in front of Republican Rodney Frelinghuysen's Morristown office:

About 40 members of the Morris Council for the Rebuilding of the American Dream, an affiliate of the liberal advocacy group, carried signs outside the Schuyler Place office reading “Rodney, Will You Stand Up for the Middle Class?” and “Frelinghuysen Don’t Default on Us.”

“We want the Republican Congress to vote to make a compromise,” said Truscha Quatrone of Montville.

In Franklin, Tennessee, people stood out in scorching summer temperatures to ask Repulbican Marsha Blackburn to stop holding the federal credit rating hostage:

Many chanted "raise the debt ceiling," while others waved signs reading "Holding America Hostage" and "Save the American Dream".

Linda Lee is a 65-year-old teacher. She said she's afraid because she'll soon be eligible for Social Security, and she's uncertain how it would be affected if the debt ceiling isn't raised.

"My mother ... would not be able to make it if she didn't have hers (Social Security)," Lee said. "It's a scary time. I've got our country in my prayers."

Lastly, Van Jones appeared on MSNBC to talk about the rallies:

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Again, this is just a small sampling of the news coverage out there by local stations. Let me end by saying that I think it's great that local news outlets showed an interest in how their local citizens are expressing themselves politically.

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