New Bamboozlepalooza appearances <$NoAd$> are slated for Alabama, Louisiana and New Jersey.
On that score, we were interested to see that the Montgomery Advertiser puts Sen. Shelby (R) down as a member of the Conscience Caucus. Specifically, they call him one of the state's two Republican "holdouts" on the Bush Social Security plan.
In Westfield, New Jersey, the president's host, Rep. Mike Ferguson (R), says the president "wants to speak to, listen to and talk to residents from around the state."
But the town's lone Democratic town councilman notes that...
If the event is being billed as a town hall meeting for the purpose of eliciting views on one of his policy initiatives, there would be an expectation that people having differing views may be in attendance.
This of course is a reference to the apparent decision to restrict the townhall meeting to avowed supporters of the president.
On the other hand, Rep. Ferguson doesn't think there's a problem...
My sense is the people who would be most interested in being in an event with the president will be ones who are supporters... And I think it's important to hear constructive criticism ... that doesn't include disruptive behavior or obnoxiousness.
Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite (R) of Florida is to appear tomorrow on C-SPAN's Washington Journal where she presumably will not be able to have all questions screened in advance.
And we will, of course, have more coming on the Count.