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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

AstroTurf on Steroids

Remember when Tea Parties and health care protests were derided as AstroTurf because some conservative groups gave logistical support? So what do you call it when the Democratic National Committee "organizes" and "plans" 500 protests, including the use of "professionally staffed" protests? From Politico:
Faced with a souring public mood on health care reform, Democrats and their supporters are launching a national grassroots push Wednesday to show lawmakers that the majority of Americans still support overhauling the system.

Reform supporters are planning to hold more than 500 events between Wednesday and when lawmakers return to Washington Sept. 8, ranging from neighborhood organized phone banks to professionally staffed rallies with hundreds of people.

The Democratic National Committee and its grassroots arm, Organizing for America, are helping to organize the effort along with the Health Care for America Now, a group pushing to create government-run insurance plan.
How does one "launch" a "grassroots" effort? Isn't that a contradiction in terms?

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  1. I simple "duh" (maybe even, "D'oh!") is adequately responsive to your rhetorical question.

    On another hand -- I know of quite a few folks who apparently, as kids, aspired to be covert operatives like The Man From U.N.C.L.E. or The Spy Who Came In From The Cold, and are now livng out their fantasies as "members" of Organizing for America. Code word: Shhhh, don't tell!!

  2. With the $10 Billion the unions stand to get from Obamacare, they can afford to spread some around on Astroturf!

    Dan Maloney
    NY State Coordinator
    Gathering of Eagles

  3. They'll try to jigger the poll numbers, and the polls will probably go up. But I doubt that the Dems, who are facing an angry electorate, will feel any more confident about getting re-elected.