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Make your voice heard: Counter-protest the Obamacare Road Show; St. Louis Oba-Kabuki event is closed-door, invitation-only

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By Michelle Malkin  •  March 8, 2010 02:48 AM

This is it, Tea Party people. This is the week for your on-the-ground mobilization to help drive a final nail into the Obamacare coffin. The perpetual campaigner-in-chief will be in Philadelphia today and St. Louis on Wednesday to rally his troops/stage props on a taxpayer-funded road show.

He said “make your voice heard” last week.

Make sure he and the MSM hear yours.

As usual, only a select few will get inside the events. So raise your voices outside.

It’s short notice to organize, but here are details on the Philly visit this morning:

President Barack Obama will take his health insurance road show to the Delaware Valley Monday when he speaks at Arcadia University in Glenside, Pa. The event is free and open to the public but you must have a ticket to get in the door.

The tickets were all distributed on Saturday.

He’s scheduled to speak at 11:00am Eastern.

Arcadia University is located at 450 S. Easton Road, Glenside, PA 19038.

Here’s the website for the Philadelphia Tea Party Patriots. Friends tell me they will be gathering near the front entrance on Easton Rd.

Details on the St. Louis speech and fundraiser on Wednesday:

The White House announced Saturday that President Barack Obama has chosen St. Charles High School as the backdrop for his speech next Wednesday on health care. The afternoon address will be by invitation only, and not open to the general public, his staff said in a release…

…After the St. Charles speech, the president is to head to downtown St. Louis for a campaign fund-raising event Wednesday night to raise money for U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.

While in Hannibal for Democrat Days, McCaskill told reporters that she expects — and will urge — that much of the DSCC money raised Wednesday be used to help Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan, the best-known Democrat running for the U.S. Senate.

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon said Saturday that he expects to join Obama at some point during Wednesday’s visit.

St. Charles High School is located at 725 North Kingshighway Street, St Charles, MO 63301-1797. *Update: He is scheduled to speak at 3:50pm.*

More info:

Obama’s speech in St. Charles — his second trip to a suburban St. Louis high school within the last twelve months — is set to begin around 4 p.m. Unlike previous events here and around the country, the event is not being billed as a townhall forum — in other words, no questions please.

The event will be by “invitation only” — meaning the stands will likely be filled with guests of the school and local party officials.

Brace for rush hour highway closures as the president travels from St. Charles to downtown, where he will headline a 6 p.m. fundraiser for U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill — a key ally on Capitol Hill — at the Renaissance Grand hotel.

Air Force One is schedule to leave the area later Wednesday night.

This is Obama’s third trip to St. Louis since his inauguration last year. In July, he threw out the first pitch at the All-Star Game at Busch Stadium. Earlier, he marked his 100th day in office with an event at Fox High School in Arnold.

The McCaskill/Obama fundraiser will be held at the Renaissance Grand Hotel. More info:

Wednesday, March 10, 2010
6:30 PM
Renaissance Grand Hotel -*- 800 Washington Avenue -*- St. Louis, Missouri

RSVP Required

Ticket Levels:

$25 per person: Includes 1 Standing Ticket
$75 per person: Includes 1 Standing Ticket
$100 per person: Includes 1 Ticket with Priority Standing
$250 per person: Includes 1 Ticket with Premier Seating
$500 per person: Includes 1 Ticket with Ropeline Priority Seating

For more information please contact or Anna Jinkerson at (314) 592-2238 or showmevictoryfund@gmail.com

PAID FOR BY SHOW ME STATE VICTORY FUND, A JOINT FUNDRAISING COMMITTEE AUTHORIZED BY DEMOCRATIC SENATORIAL CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE, INC AND MCCASKILL FOR MISSOURI 2012.

St. Louis Tea Party has info on a counter-rally 9:45 a.m. at the St. Charles Convention Center on Wednesday.

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The NYTimes publishes its “handy road map” on Demcare. Be prepared:

THE ENDGAME This week, Mr. Obama will begin making what White House officials are calling the “closing arguments,” focusing on steep increases in insurance premiums and his insistence that a comprehensive overhaul is needed rather than the incremental approach Republicans are demanding. Mr. Obama’s final push will include visits to Philadelphia on Monday and St. Louis on Wednesday.

Senate Democrats, meanwhile, are preparing for a procedural fight with Republicans over the reconciliation measure. The rules require provisions to focus on meeting budget targets, and policy changes with only an “incidental” fiscal impact will be struck out.

(This is why Democrats cannot make changes to the abortion provisions, and may need a third bill to resolve that issue.)

Democrats will go to the floor with a package they believe can pass muster with the Senate parliamentarian, aiming to complete it by March 26. Surprises are possible, and while debate on a reconciliation bill is limited to 20 hours, Republicans can offer unlimited amendments, which will mean politically charged votes intended to inflict damage ahead of the midterm elections.

Senate Democrats control 59 votes, so passage of the reconciliation measure is expected — especially with Senator Robert C. Byrd, Democrat of West Virginia, a legendary protector of Senate rules, supporting the process.Even a 50-50 tie would pass it, because Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. is the tie breaker.

Still, some House Democrats want assurances — perhaps a letter signed by 50 senators — but they may have to rely on Mr. Obama’s word.

Democratic leaders want lawmakers to make a simple calculation: vote yes and chalk up an accomplishment, or vote no and be painted as a failure. “You have got the pain, now get the gain,” is one new mantra.

How about some operating mantras for conservative activists:

Change the optics.

Kill the momentum. Kill the bill.

Don’t wait for promises of repeal. Stop the Demcare juggernaut now.

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ABC News: Two Democrat no votes holding fast.

For the latest Demcare head count, see Jay Cost.

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Update: Missouri activists, see Jim Hoft for counter-protest details!

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