While there clearly is some popular support for the President’s health care overhaul, the better part of the organized activism (“astroturfing” if you will) is on the left. It is they who are looking to hire organizers to round up activists, is is their paid professional organizations recruiting supporters to “drown out” opposition, it is their side that is tapping into the wealth of a fiercely partisan billionaire and industry lobbying groups to fund their campaign.
Although the opposition to the President’s plan is clearly being out-organized by the left, as Michael Barone puts it, “the spontaneous enthusiasm” is on the side of those out-organized opponents, “with the Democratic astroturf efforts producing pathetic turnouts and largely spontaneous opposition to the Democratic health care plans producing large turnouts“:
The Democrats’ health care bills have stirred widespread and deeply felt opposition. While some of the protests are organized, the turnout and strong feeling expressed indicate that we are watching something that is largely spontaneous. Try organizing such a protest when almost no one cares much about your issue: no one will show up. It’s the supporters of the Democrats’ health care bills, not their opponents, who are astroturfing—and spending plenty of moolah on television ads and the like.