One of our mottos here at Pun Salad is based on an old Elvis Costello lyric: "I used to be disgusted and now I try to be amused."
But recent denunciations of anti-Obamacare activism threaten to drag me back to "disgusted."
Here's Nancy Pelosi:
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office sent out a fact sheet to reporters Tuesday afternoon, calling recent demonstrations at congressional town hall events "Astroturf," the Washington euphemism for a corporate public relations campaign disguised to look like a grass roots citizen movement.Unsurprisingly, this appears to be a coordinated talking-point effort by Democrats:
The Democratic National Committee and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee sent out missives today arguing that groups such as Conservatives for Patients' Rights and FreedomWorks and are creating fake grassroots enthusiasm -- "astroturf" in political circles -- by stacking meetings with outside activists.OK, fine. Here's an exercise:
Look at this
story from my local paper, Foster's Daily Democrat, from last
month ("Dover rally supports health care reform") describing a "band of
locals" who demonstrated outside Senator Jeanne Shaheen's office in
Dover NH. Here's
a picture of attendee Ronald Schutz of Exeter:
I like Mr. Schutz's t-shirt, which you can buy here. But note his signs.
a story from last month describing a Portland Oregon rally outside the
office of Senator "Ron" Wyden. And the picture:
You can click for a big version. Again, check the non-homemade signs. Same font, same color scheme as Mr. Schutz's! And one (partially obscured) sign in back has the same "PUBLIC OPTION SAVES $$$" wording.
And then there's this story from Hartford, Connecticut
covering the rally in front of Senator Christopher "Friend of Angelo"
Dodd's office. Picture:
The caption identifies this fine fellow as "Charles Walker Prewitt, Sr.", 90 years young. Anything look familiar, sign-wise?
And then there's this
story from St. George, Utah outside the office of Sen. Robert
It doesn't take sophisticated detective work to determine the source of those professional-looking signs mysteriously appearing thousands of miles apart. A little reading between the lines will do the trick: the demonstrations have been organized, populated, and decorated by MoveOn.org. (Sometimes this gets mentioned in the news stories, sometimes not.)
That's just one particular mover/shaker in this effort. It wouldn't have been hard to play the same game with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), a pretty safe bet whenever you see purple.
Michelle will be happy to fill you in on just how grassroots these groups are. Unsurprisingly, George Soros makes an early appearance.
Democrat efforts to paint opposition to Obamacare as a nefarious plot funded by shadowy behind-the-scenes figures is very, very phony and hypocritical. For one thing, we'd almost certainly have nicer signs to wave. And—hey!—wouldn't you think that one of those nefarious villains might actually pay me for my anti-socialist screeds? I wish.