Asshats and Astroturfing
Cases in point: Nancy Pelosi and some delusional, hateful hack I'd never heard of.
Of course, anyone with seven or more halfway-developed neurons in his head knows full well they're blowing hot smoke and ash out their backdoors.
Liz Mair has a good debunking here.
Even the Boston Globe conceded the point in their coverage of the protests (one short article). But they were quite clever in how they went about doing it, as they give the casual reader the impression that Pelosi and friends are right, and that we're all just obedient pawns in the Republican party's chess game.
Let's play Spot the Wordplay:
The tea parties were promoted by FreedomWorks, a conservative nonprofit advocacy group based in Washington and led by Dick Armey of Texas, a former Republican House Majority Leader who is now a lobbyist.
Not "organized by", "orchestrated by", "financed by", "underwritten by", or "the brainchild of".
Also, 50 bonus points for working in the reference to big, bad, lobbyist meanies.
So, why do they devote so much of their time and energy into smearing and belittling the efforts of the citizenry in this manner?
Jennifer Rubin offers a clue:
And the crowd, if anything, was libertarian in bent rather than conservative. These people are advocating less government, restraints on federal power, and a return to “constitutional government.” Social conservatives who seek expansion of state power on issues from abortion to support for faith-based programs may find themselves at odds with a newly invigorated movement to shrink government and...
Wait for it.
...enhance individual liberty.
UPDATE: This one's a double-shot of stupid.
It starts with Keith Olbermann still cracking teabagging jokes for his 347 viewers to enjoy as he dutifully continues plugging away at the astroturf talking point, decrying all these "corporate sponsored" protests.
That brilliant bit of comedy
Let me know if you can make it past the 03:07 mark. I gotta go scrounge up some ear bleach before bed.