Normally, town halls at home are a staple of Congressional recesses. But this week, with advice from leaders on Capitol Hill, just seven percent of Republican Congress members and Senators are following that practice. Angry constituents make for sound bites on TV and radio, and GOP leaders want to avoid that kind of coverage. Meantime, liberal Democrats hope grassroots Tea-Party tactics will give them more clout in their party. But will the backlash to the assault on Obamacare be strong enough to unify them against Republicans in next year’s elections?
Republicans go home again — keeping their heads down
David Hawkings - CQ Roll Call - @davidhawkings, Jonathan Tobin - National Review / Federalist / Jewish News Service - @jonathans_tobin, Joel Blizzard - Indivisible, Dan Diamond - Politico reporter investigating health care politics and policy - @ddiamond