Sensenbrenner's Town Hall Show
Closes for the Season

July 6 was the last performance of Cong. Sensenbrenner's "I talk to the people" theater piece which was shown about 75 times in 2017. It has gotten a little boring. The sets are plain. The Congressman sits at a table in the front, hands folded and face set.
The room is filled. Outside the door, another 50 people wait in line. People inside the room are told to be polite or the Congressman will get angry and leave. Some people express their opinions with signs that say agree or disagree. People are asked for comments or questions. Sensenbrenner's answers are very long and self-congratulatory so generally no more than four or five people are heard. When the audience disagrees aloud, the Congressman bangs his gavel and threatens to close the discussion - which he has actually done.

Outside the building, protesters march, chant and talk to the press. At the July 6 event, many diverse groups attended -- Indivisible Wauwatosa, Indivisible Jefferson County, Indivisible Milwaukee, the League of Progressive Seniors, SEIU, Huddles, and individuals frustrated by Sensenbrenner's fictional concern for his constituents. In May, Sensenbrenner voted for a Trumpcare plan that undermines Medicaid support for working people, seniors, the elderly and people with disabilities. At one point, special guests appeared like the ghosts of our political future if we don't repeal and replace many congresspersons.

The show has closed for the season. Sensenbrenner was praised for holding the hearings because so few Congresspeople did. However, the Congressman ignored his constituents' stories and fears. He voted with his party regardless of the impact on the people who put himĀ  in office. That's why they call it political theater.