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Missouri: our delusional paranoids are creative in a folk art sort of way (May 4, 2012)

Town Hall Meta (May 4, 2012)

Vicky Hartzler rats out Showmeprogress crew! (May 5, 2012)

On May 4, 2012 Representative Vicky Hartzler (r) held town halls in Buffalo, Versailles and California, Missouri. We attended all three and photographed and recorded audio and video at each event.

We’ve noted at the town halls that we’ve attended this Spring that the number of people who show up is relatively miniscule when compared to the number of people who live in and actually vote in the district.

The town hall in California, Missouri was held in the new city building. Other than two

of us from Show Me Progress there was only one other media representative present (from the local paper).

Representative Hartzler (r) working the room in Buffalo, Missouri before her presentation and the question and answer session.

Power point slides as part of the presentation in Buffalo. We’ve seen many of these before.

In Buffalo, Missouri, a response to a paranoid question about an executive order signed on March 16th by President Obama to “take over everything” in a declared emergency (Gee, where have we seen that before?):

Representative Vicky Hartzler (r): ….and this president has done more executive orders than any other president, although it is, has been a tool that’s been used by every president since George Washington….

Au contraire, from the National Archives:

Executive Orders Disposition Tables Index

The Disposition Tables list the status of Executive Orders from:

January 8, 1937 – May 2, 2012

Barack Obama (2009-Present)

EO’s 13489 – 13607

George W. Bush (2001-2009)

EO’s 13198-13488

William J. Clinton (1993-2001)

EO’s 12834-13197

George Bush (1989-1993)

EO’s 12668-12833

Ronald Reagan (1981-1989)

EO’s 12287-12667

Jimmy Carter (1977-1981)

EO’s 11967-12286

Gerald R. Ford (1974-1977)

EO’s 11798-11966

Richard Nixon (1969-1974)

EO’s 11452-11797

Lyndon B. Johnson (1963-1969)

EO’s 11128-11451

John F. Kennedy (1961-1963)

EO’s 10914-11127

Dwight D. Eisenhower (1953-1961)

EO’s 10432-10913

Harry S. Truman (1945-1953)

EO’s 9538-10431

Franklin D. Roosevelt (1933-1945)

EO’s 6071-9537

Herbert Hoover (1929-1933)

EO’s 5075-6070

Do the math. That’s 118 by President Obama, 290 by George W. Bush, 363 by Bill Clinton, 165 by George H. W. Bush, 380 by Ronald Reagan, 319 by Jimmy Carter, 168 by Gerald Ford, 345 by Richard Nixon, 323 by Lyndon Johnson, 213 by John Kennedy, 481 by Dwight Eisenhower, 893 by Harry Truman, 3,466 by FDR, and 995 by Herbert Hoover.

“…and this president has done more executive orders than any other president…”

Not even close.  

There were six different members of Representative Hartzler’s (r) staff in attendance at different stages of the three May 4th town halls.

In Buffalo, Missouri.

Working the room before her presentation and the question and answer session in Versailles, Missouri:

Taking questions in Versailles, Missouri:

Working the room in California, Missouri:

Taking questions in California:

This Spring Representative Hartzler (r) did close to twenty town halls and “meet and greets”. For the events we attended the difference in format between the two was mostly a matter of length and, sometimes, the slide presentation was absent from the meet and greet. At each location Representative Hartzler’s staff set up a sign-in table. On her arrival Representative Hartzler greets everyone in the room individually, taking time to speak briefly with them. She may nod to the bloggers, if they’ve been at a number of her town halls. A staffer sometimes accompanies her, taking photos. Representative Hartzler then does a presentation (lasting up to twenty or so minutes), then takes questions for the remainder of the event. At the close of the event she takes time to talk with those who wish to visit.

The attendance at the events we’ve covered this Spring has been relatively sparse. We’ve noted that there has been a definite ideological mix of people showing up, from obvious libertarians (by their questions), to teabaggers (by their t-shirts), to true believers, to corporatist republicans (by their introductions), to Democrats (by their questions and t-shirts).

Representative Hartzler (r) sometimes avoids calling on obvious Democrats (either because she knows them or because they’re wearing t-shirts identifying them as such), though she’s not always successful in avoiding them. To be fair, when she can’t avoid it, she does take questions from the obvious Democrats. Interestingly, the most painfully embarrassing questions and/or statements appear to come from the lunatic fringe right wingnuts in attendance.