Liberals are the new Tea Party Updated by Sarah Kliff Feb 2, 2017, 2:30pm EST


Photo by Jeff Swensen/Getty Images

Photo by Jeff Swensen/Getty Images

Over the past two weeks, liberal activists have quietly and widely circulated a long Google spreadsheet. It contains the exact time, date, and location of more than 100 events that members of Congress will host in their districts this month.

It’s titled Town Hall Project 2018, and it is a battle plan, borrowed from an old foe: the Tea Party.

In their efforts to pressure Republicans to save the Affordable Care Act, liberals are increasingly copying the tactics of the conservative activists who mobilized against the law in 2009.

“We want to empower constituents to have face-to-face conversations, which we know from our organizing backgrounds can be powerful,” says Jimmy Dahman, who runs Town Hall Project 2018. “The goal of this project is to organize people in districts who are upset and frustrated.”

Dahman used to work for the Clinton campaign. He got the idea for Town Hall Project 2018 when he was watching CNN and happened to see a clip of Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO) leaving his office hours through a back door after a significant crowd of Obamacare advocates arrived. He started to wonder: What if we could make this happen all over the country?

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