ABC at health-care townhall: Gee, the anger here seems authentic

Of course it does, silly. Isn’t the whole point of astroturfing to “manufacture outrage”? That’s why we need to inform on these people at that White House e-mail address or start investigating them the way Clinton zombie Lanny Davis wants us to do. Only by violating their privacy will we intimidate them expose their nefarious charade.


Incidentally, what happened here to the left-wing playbook of making sure right-wingers can’t talk to reporters?

There were no lobbyist-funded buses in the parking lot of Mardela Middle and High School on Tuesday evening, and the hundreds of Eastern Maryland residents who packed the school’s auditorium loudly refuted the notion that their anger over the Democrats’ health care reform plans is “manufactured.”

“I went to school in this school,” a man named Bob told me. “I don’t see anyone in this room that isn’t from Mardela Springs right now.”

“We’ve been quiet too long,” said a woman named Joan…

“I am here because I understand that I do represent you folks, okay?” Kratovil said, after entering the auditorium to applause. “The opinions that you folks have, I need to know. There are legitimate concerns.”

Just then, someone in the audience shouted back, “Our freedom is being taken from us!”…

“You’re deceiving us! You’re trying to shove this stuff through,” one woman yelled.

“I’m not! But I hear you,” Kratovil pleaded.

“This bill is un-American,” said another voter, who asked whether Kratovil has read it.

“I am reading it right now,” he said.


Kratovil’s the guy whom some nut hung in effigy last week so the allegations that these events are teeming with crackpots aren’t so much wholly invented as widely exaggerated. Even so, as John Cornyn said today in a letter to Obama, “I am not aware of any precedent for a President asking American citizens to report their fellow citizens to the White House for pure speech that is deemed ‘fishy’ or otherwise inimical to the White House’s political interests.” Follow the link for the full letter, which poses the dizzying question of what the reaction would have been like had Bush pulled this. That thought experiment illustrates as well as anything I can think of just how deep in the tank for The One the media is.

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