Politico: 20+ lefty groups holding daily calls to coordinate messages

posted at 4:36 pm on March 10, 2009 by Allahpundit

How many faintly ominous pieces has Politico run this year about people close to Obama colluding to target their political enemies? There was the story about Rahm Emanuel’s friendly daily chats with Begala, Carville, and Stephanopoulos, then there was the expose on the group effort (“explicitly authorized” by David Axelrod) to make Rush Limbaugh the face of the GOP, and now this. No wonder Ben Smith’s using the word “conspiracy.”

Question to our resident Politico-haters: Has any other publication written extensively about this sort of thing? If so, I missed it.

The vast new left-wing conspiracy sets its tone every morning at 8:45 a.m., when officials from more than 20 labor, environmental and other Democratic-leaning groups dial into a private conference call hosted by two left-leaning Washington organizations…

The call has proved particularly effective at coordinating attacks on critics, said Jackie Schechner, the national communications director for Health Care for America Now, a labor-backed alliance of groups that support Democratic efforts to expand health care.

“There’s a coordination in terms of exposing the people who are trying to come out against reform —they’ve all got backgrounds and histories and pasts, and it’s not taking long to unearth that and to unleash that, because we’re all working together,” Schechner said.

When a new group called Conservative for Patients Rights, for instance, launched an ad campaign featuring former health care executive Rick Scott, “There was a discussion about what do we know about this guy and in a very quick period of time we were able to come up with his background,” she said…

Though White House officials do not participate in the calls, Palmieri said, the new infrastructure is closely tied to the White House. Podesta directed Obama’s transition, and Americans United for Change exists largely to run ads promoting the White House agenda. Some on the left, however, remain skeptical of the White House’s embrace.

Yeah, no doubt this’ll come as a bolt from the blue to Axelrod. To be clear, I don’t have any real problem with what they’re doing: It’s smart politics in a media age, no matter how creepy the thought may be of the White House calling plays for sympathetic groups to tackle opponents. Rest assured, the next Republican president will make even better use of the tactic than Bush did, especially as new media proliferates. We’re only six weeks into Obama’s term, though, and already I’ve lost count of the number of “What if Bush or McCain did it?” moments we’ve had, starting with The One’s newfound fondness for rendition, his bizarre rudeness to Gordon Brown, his blase attitude towards the Dow’s death spiral, his sudden tolerance for earmarks by the thousands, and on and on. Consider this the capper, as the thought of dozens of cogs in the “right-wing noise machine” turning daily in unison on a White House axle would warrant a Very Special Episode indeed of “Countdown,” replete with sneering references to “Minitruth” just to remind you that Cornell men have read their Orwell. Exit question: What’ll be the next “What if Bush did it” moment? Hillary sends a letter to Iran written in Arabic instead of Farsi? The One throws up during his meeting with the queen? Guesses welcome.


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At least I haven’t noticed him on TV in the past few days.

BuckeyeSam on March 10, 2009 at 5:18 PM

Didn’t you notice? He shut his Eeyore trap for a couple of days and wonder of wonders; the market tries to rebound…
Can we get a gag order on him for 3 months?

TASS71 on March 10, 2009 at 6:44 PM

Politico’s strategy is just to publish every rumor and scrap of info they hear, with little editing and analysis, from dawn to midnight. It means they pick up a lot of gossip and junk, but almost nothing slips through their net, and they often get the scoop. It’s a really neat strategy… obviously it’d be a disaster if every journalistic organization did it, though.

joe_doufu on March 10, 2009 at 6:47 PM

“Vast right wing conspiracy”

It’s always been about projection.

Dusty on March 10, 2009 at 6:48 PM

What fresh new wonderful faux pas would I looovvve to see?

1. Barry bursting into tears at his next press conference

2. Nancy Pelosi accidently making reference to Barry’s inexperience

3. Joe Biden making drunk Irishmen jokes when the guy from Ireland comes in March. (sorry, can’t remember his name)

anniekc on March 10, 2009 at 6:49 PM

Maybe Politico is doing an end around by talking about things democrats aren’t really doing by edict from the White House. A “distraction about a false distraction” if you will. Hey, after Jonathan Martin used democrat talking points BEFORE the democrats did concerning the Gov. Sarah Palin email hack I don’t trust anything on Politico.

SouthernGent on March 10, 2009 at 6:52 PM

What’s the story, morning glory, what’s the word, humming bird
Have you heard about Hugo and Kim?

2Tru2Tru on March 10, 2009 at 6:53 PM

i disagree with the idea that this behaviour is to be condoned or expected..

To me this smacks like
Hitler (obama) and his goons squad (pelozi biden kerry and the rest of the creeps)

Dialing up himmler to go after political opponents..

I am sorry bush or mccain never would have gone to this lengths..

This isnt politics this is Hitlerism..
All done by the leftists

I consider ALL leftisits and democrats to be
Enemies of the United states of america and
both her citizens and the US military,…

We are at war (you just dont want to admit) its obama and the dems who are the enemy.,..
of all FREE people..

jcila on March 10, 2009 at 7:49 PM

Republicans don’t need conspiratorial coordination if they’d just tell the truth. Nothing beats the truth when dealing with liars.

Feedie on March 10, 2009 at 7:51 PM

You’ve gotta love talking points. Like “2+2=5.”

Hang on, I’m receiving a new text message from our Dear Leader . . .

[static]

Er, um, Allahpundit is, um, a polarizing figure and, uh, is the leader of the GOP. Oh yeah, and he’s, um, an atheist. Vote Obama in, uh, 2012!

END TRANSMISSION

cackcon on March 10, 2009 at 7:51 PM

The Ghost of Nixon is saying:

I was a piker compared to this guy.

Jim62sch on March 10, 2009 at 7:55 PM

Turnabout is fair play.

Each of these groups has officials with pasts, offices that can be picketed, etc. Make them defend everything.

SDN on March 10, 2009 at 8:22 PM

“To be clear, I don’t have any real problem with what they’re doing: ”

maybe you should rethink that statement AllahPundit.

One of the reasons the radical left chose to manufacture a candidate is because good people don’t want to put up with the manure heaped on them when they run for office.

notagool on March 10, 2009 at 9:20 PM

Ok you have two Soros connected groups mentioned in the Politico article.

Now a full list of the 20 groups would help but I suspect the new group formed up from the Obama Campaign Organizing for America is likely connected. They have been located at the offices of the DNC which would put non partisan status at risk in some cases for other groups.

Also most don’t know it but the 527 that was put together to fund the Inauguration with all those small or limited donations has now gone underground and back to unlimited donations and non disclosed donors.

CommentGuy on March 10, 2009 at 9:27 PM

Then you also have to consider that recently the left side had a number of blogs, MoveOn and the SEIU join together in a new coalition called Accountability Now.

I have a feeling if I chase it down the SEIU is linked to the nursing issue since they were just involved in that big nursing union food fight out in California.

Probably this may be a member of the group of 20.

CommentGuy on March 10, 2009 at 9:33 PM

Another piece of the puzzle is that the Campaign for Organizing America is the holder of the mailing list developed by the Obama campaign and is supposed to hold about 14 million email addresses with all sorts of tags on them as to what are hot button issues for each email listed. Also they are tagged for state and congressional district so they can easily pull a custom email of say Card check supporters in Ga 03.

CommentGuy on March 10, 2009 at 9:42 PM

Each of these groups has officials with pasts, offices that can be picketed, etc. Make them defend everything.

SDN on March 10, 2009 at 8:22 PM

The difference is that when they do it, the entire MSM picks it up and runs with it for a month, or more.

When we do it, it gets picked up by HA and AoS and PJM for a couple of days until our ADD kicks in, except for one guy who keeps posting the list, which others complain bitterly about.

I’m not waving any white flags, I’m just saying that if we want a “winning strategy” it has to take into account that our side has lives and families and jobs and isn’t afflicted with political OCD.

Merovign on March 10, 2009 at 10:12 PM

What IF raising Taxes really can stop global warming ?
Will the Oceans rise and fall with the Tax Rates ?

JayTee on March 10, 2009 at 10:32 PM

Its amazing what a $870 Billion “stimulus” package can do!

JeffVader on March 11, 2009 at 1:55 AM

How else can they keep their teleprompters synced?

Gohawgs on March 11, 2009 at 2:43 AM

Also most don’t know it but the 527 that was put together to fund the Inauguration with all those small or limited donations has now gone underground and back to unlimited donations and non disclosed donors.
CommentGuy on March 10, 2009 at 9:27 PM

Which 527 is that? Change.Gov was a 501 C 4.

Buy Danish on March 11, 2009 at 6:59 AM

Bring it on. Evil always has a way of overreaching itself.

Grafted on March 11, 2009 at 7:50 AM

Conservatives do this every weekday from 12-3 ET. It’s called “The Rush Limbaugh Show”. Of course, Rush reaches a few more people…

FuriousAmerican on March 11, 2009 at 8:16 AM

“Conspiracy.”

Allahpundit

Conspiracy? For it to be a conspiracy it has to be done in secret and be an illegal act, what you have here is just politics as usual.

Maxx on March 11, 2009 at 12:40 PM

Rush’s show is public, with transcripts posted on his website. I don’t see how you can compare the two.

pyreman on March 11, 2009 at 12:40 PM

Rest assured, the next Republican president will make even better use of the tactic than Bush did, especially as new media proliferates.
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Better than Bush did? He did nearly nothing, and that just consisted in clearly pointing out, through WH staff on the WH website, a few of the thousands of lies spread about his policies and actions.
.
The biggest flaw of the Bush administration was its near-complete abandonment of the bully pulpit, and lack of leadership. Even allowing for the embargo by MSM against printing all but WH gaffes, the 6-year MSM negative campaign against Bush would not have been so successful had the WH had a few articulate spokesmen reaching beyond their feeble defenses to make strong counterattacks.
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RNC, where were you?

Insufficiently Sensitive on March 11, 2009 at 12:58 PM

Which 527 is that? Change.Gov was a 501 C 4.

Thanks I stand corrected on the type of entity since I was going from bad recall.

But the principle is the same it will be used now as a WH arms length slush fund.

CommentGuy on March 11, 2009 at 3:18 PM

Looking on the bright side, at least there’s somebody on the Obama team who can do background checks.

PersonFromPorlock on March 11, 2009 at 3:52 PM

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