Over at Politico, Ben Smith reports that national Democrats are helping organize the angry, untidy protests in Wisconsin:
The Democratic National Committee’s Organizing for America arm — the remnant of the 2008 Obama campaign — is playing an active role in organizing protests against Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s attempt to strip most public employees of collective bargaining rights.
OfA, as the campaign group is known, has been criticized at times for staying out of local issues like same-sex marraige, but it’s riding to the aide of the public sector unions who hoping to persuade some Republican legislators to oppose Walker’s plan.
Wonder what HRC has to say about this, with their preferred political party, indeed, the very remnant of the Obama campaign, taking part on behalf of this Democratic constituency when it sat on the sidelines on issues of concern to another of its voting blocks, gay Americans.
Now, that the Democrats are involved in these protests, protests where we’ve seen some very uncivil rhetoric, with the elected Republican governor compared to Hitler, does they then countenance this kind of discourse?
Will Barney Frank call on Democrats to “differentiate themselves” from their national party?
NB: Tweaked title to make it more pithy.
UPDATE: Please note that these are not spontaneous protests, ginned up by interest groups favorably to the Democratic Party and that party’s own auxiliaries.