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Hey, Harry & Nancy, this is what Astroturf looks like

Both House Speaker Nancy Pelose and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid have called those protesting Democratic health care plans as astroturf or fake grassroots, with the increasingly unpopular Nevadan even waving some actual astroturf to make his point.

Now, we’ve learned that moveon.org has “hired skilled grassroots organizers” to fight back as citizens spontaneously gather at townhalls across the country to express their opinion.  Why would MoveOn need to pay them if they’re real grassroots organizers?   (When you “hire” someone, you do tend to pay them.)

So, if it’s Astroturf when conservative groups encourage their members and supporters to speak out against the President’s policies, why is it when left-wing groups do speak out on in favor of those policies, hiring “grassroots” organizers to help them out?

RELATED:  “Flashback: When the Left Protested Bush, the Media Saw Only “everyone from grandmothers and students to veterans and mothers pushing strollers

ALSO RELATEDMICKEY KAUS: “If an ‘astroturfing’ campaign gets real people to show up at events stating their real views, isn’t it … community organizing?

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13 Comments

  1. The mob attacks Jared Polis of Boulder Colorado

    Video of Jared Polis townhall at Boulder Colorado

    Comment by Geena — August 7, 2009 @ 6:30 pm - August 7, 2009

  2. Attacks? How do you reckon?

    I thought you might have something more like a black man being assaulted with racial slurs thrown in or a man being slammed against the wall in front of his wife all by SEIU thugs.

    Comment by ThatGayConservative — August 7, 2009 @ 6:51 pm - August 7, 2009

  3. In Boulder Colorado, shouting is consider an attack.

    Comment by Geena — August 7, 2009 @ 7:02 pm - August 7, 2009

  4. Geena,

    You either forgot your sarcasm tag or your meds, pick one. Yelling at someone is annoying, but it’s not an ‘attack’

    Comment by The_Livewire — August 7, 2009 @ 7:58 pm - August 7, 2009

  5. I’m betting she meant it as sarcasm.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — August 7, 2009 @ 8:06 pm - August 7, 2009

  6. wow
    I don’t remember move on telling its supporters to arm themselves

    http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2009/08/anti-health-care-reform-protester-encourages-physical-violence-use-of-firearms.php?ref=fpblg

    and SEIU is getting death threats!

    Palin says Obama wants a death panel that would kill her kid.

    Yikes
    You guys are unhinged
    totally unhinged

    Comment by gillie — August 7, 2009 @ 8:18 pm - August 7, 2009

  7. Ask Kenneth Gladney what he thinks about the SEIU, schilly.

    http://pajamasmedia.com/blog/seiu-thugs-teach-protestors-the-chicago-way-of-politics/

    Comment by Steven E. Kalbach — August 7, 2009 @ 8:26 pm - August 7, 2009

  8. um, gillie, you gonna fault the SEIU for its thuggish tactics at townhalls, including beating a protester in St. Louis?

    Applying the standards you set for us, we’ll hold your silence as a defense of their assaults.

    Comment by GayPatriotWest — August 7, 2009 @ 8:26 pm - August 7, 2009

  9. Oh look, a video of the incident

    http://www.weeklystandard.com/weblogs/TWSFP/2009/08/eye_witness_to_st_louis_scuffl.asp

    Comment by Steven E. Kalbach — August 7, 2009 @ 8:49 pm - August 7, 2009

  10. gillie, it’s the president’s supporters are already armed with billy clubs. See Panthers, Black.

    Comment by The_Livewire — August 7, 2009 @ 10:56 pm - August 7, 2009

  11. and SEIU is getting death threats!

    And?

    My grandfather worked for Southern Bell. He was never a member and was a supervisor who had to scab. His house would be vandalized and the tires were slashed on his car until he started staying up nights with his shotgun. All that despite the fact that he would give money to his crew members who were on strike.

    Union thugs have a penchant for coming after you if they don’t like you. Always have and always will. One touches me, I can guarandamntee you he’ll have a bad knee the rest of his life.

    Comment by ThatGayConservative — August 7, 2009 @ 11:02 pm - August 7, 2009

  12. [...] Hey, Harry & Nancy, this is what Astroturf looks like [...]

    Pingback by GayPatriot » The Orwellian Universe of Mr. Obama — August 9, 2009 @ 4:12 am - August 9, 2009

  13. And here I thought conservatives weren’t CAPABLE of community organization. As it turns out, they do it all the time, it’s just reported by the MSM and liberals as “thuggery.” Huh.

    Comment by DoorHold — August 10, 2009 @ 11:33 am - August 10, 2009

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