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The Return of Astroturf Extremism!

John on August 4, 2009 at 11:16 pm

Astroturfing. Right-wing extremists. Those were the mainstays of the DNC party line during the tea parties. They wanted everyone to believe it was all a plot. Only it wasn’t. Didn’t even have much of a budget actually. I wrote about the truth of the matter here.

At the time, Democratic staffers were also passing out statements to reporters saying tea party attenders included neo-Nazis.

Well, guess what. With the Dems facing a clobbering during the recess, all of their greatest hits are back. Here are the marching orders from the DNC, courtesy of TPM:

The Republicans and their allied groups – desperate after losing two consecutive elections and every major policy fight on Capitol Hill – are inciting angry mobs of a small number of rabid right wing extremists funded by K Street Lobbyists to disrupt thoughtful discussions about the future of health care in America taking place in Congressional Districts across the country.

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These mobs are bussed in by well funded, highly organized groups run by Republican operatives and funded by the special interests…

The right wing extremists‘ use of things like devil horns on pictures of our elected officials, hanging members of Congress in effigy, breathlessly questioning the President’s citizenship and the use of Nazi SS symbols and the like just shows how outside of the mainstream the Republican Party and their allies are.

Rachel Maddow, true to form, worked in about 90% of the DNC talking points in this report. She even focused on one protester with an image showing devil horns, just like the DNC release specified. I’m not posting the clip here. Click over if you doubt me.

Needless to say, neither the DNC nor Rachel Maddow was concerned about civility or the “bussing in” of protesters when it was Code Pink or any of the other assorted left-wing kooks. Nor for that matter did either of them care over the last 8 years that so many Democrats claimed Bush knew about 9/11 beforehand. Not a story. But, wow, are they fixated on birtherism.

This is politics, plain and simple. David Axelrod is trying to immunize the media to the coming scenes of public rejection of ObamaCare. By insinuating in advance that anything other then calm acceptance of Obama’s goals is a) uncivil, b) extremist and c) probably paid for by some lobbyist he effectively turns defeat into victory. Sure people hate Obamacare, but that’s not the story wretched scribblers. Nah, the real story is right-wing extremism.

Sure it is, Axe.

What happened to the idea that dissent was patriotic? What happened to the Dems concern about asking people to watch their fellow citizens? Poof! Gone. In fact, the White House is now soliciting tips on troublemakers:

If you get an email or see something on the web about health insurance reform that seems fishy, send it to flag@whitehouse.gov.

Yeah, and if someone speaks against the dear leader, call your ward boss so he can be reeducated.

Related: Apparently Harry Reid hasn’t gotten the memo. He used “shrill” instead of extremist. I’m sure he’ll revise and extend over the next few days.

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