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?
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