Astro Turf

In what strikes me as a sign of serious desperation, corporate lobbyists are ginning up crowds to disrupt town-hall meetings of Democratic Congressmembers.  I’ve read some fairly hysterical reactions to this in Democratic circles, comparing the rent-a-mobs to “Brownshirts” and “stormtroopers,” but (Godwin’s Law aside) if the lobbyists thought health care reform was on the ropes, why resort to such a high-risk tactic?  True, it worked during the 2000 Recount in Florida, but that was more due to the stolid incompetence of the Gore Campaign.  Democrats should take this as a challenge to get their own people out to these meetings and to denounce the tactics for what they are: fake staged theatre politics by bigshot lobbyists who realize they are on the losing side of an important issue.

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Published in: on August 3, 2009 at 10:18 pm  Comments (2)  
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  1. …get their own people out to these meetings and to denounce the tactics…

    … with crowbars?

  2. No no no no no no no! That would be absolutely the wrong thing to do. In fact, it would be the WORST possible response.


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