Can the G.O.P. Turn Back the Tide of Town Hall Anger?

Republican members of Congress have a haunted look about them. Ordinarily, this is the time of year when they are in the best mood — the April recess is here, meaning a few friendly, sparsely attended town hall meetings, and then home early for family dinner.

Not this year. Many are facing large, well-organized crowds who are out for blood. …

Is this kind of political protest good for American democracy or bad? And is the best response to cancel the meetings or show up and take your lumps? One’s answer often depends on who is doing the protesting. CONT.

Arthur C. Brooks (American Enterprise Institute), New York Times