A number of conservative blogs have posted a lot of thoughtful commentary on the legislation Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker introduced to reform his state’s relationship with its public employees and the angry reaction of said employees and their allies in the Democratic Party.
As many have noted, their protests hardly represent a grassroots uprising, with union officials instructing their members to take off work and come to the state capitol to protest, including missives to unionized government workers in other states to come to Madison to “show solidarity with Wisconsin workers”. So, while ABC News’s Devin Dwyer contends that these rallies “bear some similarities to grassroots displays by Tea Party members who voiced deep dissatisfaction with lawmakers ahead of the 2010 elections”, in reality, they’re far different.
Unlike those rallies, he reports
. . . the latest are being fomented by the national political establishment — including President Obama and the Democratic National Committee — who have directly interjected themselves into the state-level debates.
Organizing for America, Obama’s campaign arm now under the umbrella of the DNC, has been mobilizing union members and supporters to rally against a proposed Wisconsin budget measure that would strip workers of collective bargaining rights and force them to contribute more for benefits. . . .
DNC Chairman Tim Kaine also reportedly spoke with Wisconsin union leaders and state legislators ahead of the protests, the Huffington Post reported, signaling his direct involvement in coordinating the effort.
Emphasis added. Kudos to ABC News for reporting that these efforts are being ginned up by national Democrats. Fascinating how they would intrude so aggressively in state issues. Does seem that this time the word is getting out that these rallies are anything but grassroots. I think Nancy Pelosi had a word for what they are.
And that’s not the way these rallies resemble the left-wing take on the Tea Parties. As Stacy McCain observes, in his must-read analysis of the situation:
The Walker-Mubarak comparison made frequently by the protesters, as well as comparisons of the Republican governor to Hitler, inspired University of Wisconsin law professor Ann Althouse to muse: “After all those efforts to paint Tea Partiers as using violent images and rhetoric, these pictures from Madison have got to hurt.” Quin Hillyer’s observations about the Obama-led “thugocracy” illustrate the yawning chasm between the intimidation tactics of the Left and all the prattling about “civility” liberals dished out last month.
Read the whole thing. Vis Instapundit.
Astroturf? Rallies organized by public employee unions and the Democratic National Committee? Angry rhetoric? Replace “public employee unions” with “corporate interests” and “Democratic” with “Republican” and, well, it’s what we’ve been hearing about the Tea Parties from our friends on the left and in the mainstream media.
UPDATE: Via Glenn Reynolds comes the title, albeit a tad long I was looking for this post, “It’s quite striking the way almost every lie the left ever told about the Tea Party has turned out to be true of the government unionists in Wisconsin and their supporters.”
Here it is in shortened version, The lies liberals told about the Tea Party better apply to Union and DNC-backed protests in WI.
Wonder if it’s not too late to change it.