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Turn out to town halls

Posted by Charles II on August 2, 2009

Lee Fang, ThinkProgress (via t/o):

This morning, Politico reported that Democratic members of Congress are increasingly being harassed by “angry, sign-carrying mobs and disruptive behavior” at local town halls. For example, in one incident, right-wing protesters surrounded Rep. Tim Bishop (D-NY) and forced police officers to have to escort him to his car for safety.

This growing phenomenon is often marked by violence and absurdity. Recently, right-wing demonstrators hung Rep. Frank Kratovil (D-MD) in effigy outside of his office. Missing from the reporting of these stories is the fact that much of these protests are coordinated by public relations firms and lobbyists who have a stake in opposing President Obama’s reforms.

The lobbyist-run groups Americans for Prosperity and FreedomWorks, which orchestrated the anti-Obama tea parties earlier this year, are now pursuing an aggressive strategy to create an image of mass public opposition to health care and clean energy reform. A leaked memo from Bob MacGuffie, a volunteer with the FreedomWorks website Tea Party Patriots, details how members should be infiltrating town halls and harassing Democratic members of Congress

How contemptible is a movement when its objectives are:
Artificially Inflate Your Numbers
Be Disruptive Early And Often
Try To “Rattle Him,” Not Have An Intelligent Debate.

Maybe it’s good training for Democrats who need a spine to figure out what they believe in.

3 Responses to “Turn out to town halls”

  1. MEC said

    I’m guessing that one reason for encouraging “disruptive” demonstrations is that they’re sure to get disproportionate media coverage. And that says as much about the so-called news media as it does about the rightwingers who orchestrate the disruptions.

    • Oh, exactly. The same press that couldn’t be bothered to cover most of the anti-Iraq-invasion demos show up en masse to cover tea baggers that they outnumber.

  2. .
    Nothing like a good putsch! Now how ’bout a nice Reichstag Fire? And then a Kristallnacht, maybe? Where’s my braun shirt, Eva?

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