American Elephants


Astroturfing For Obama! Exposed! by The Elephant's Child
January 26, 2010, 2:02 am
Filed under: Economy, Health Care, Politics | Tags: , ,

This is the “Letter to the Editor” from Ellie Light:

Today, the president is being attacked as if he’d promised that our problems would wash off in the morning. He never did. It’s time for Americans to realize that governing is hard work, and that a president can’t just wave a magic wand and fix everything.

It appeared at Politico; the Philadelphia Daily News, the San Francisco Examiner; the Washington Times; and a USA Today blog. Also small town papers like the Los Banos Enterprise, the North Adams Transcript and the Danbury News-Times, and more. Speedy-traveller Ms. Light claimed to be a resident in each area.

This letter to the editor that has appeared all over the country comes from Jan Chen, Gloria Elle, Mark Spivey and yes–Ellie Light, and many more.

As one listens to the Republican anger over health care reform, one can imagine an anti-government protester cheerfully paying premiums on insurance policies that drop you after you make a claim, or happily sauntering out of an emergency room that denied them treatment because of a coverage problem. One can imagine a town hall sign-waver enthusiastically forking over most of their pay to bill collectors after suffering a catastrophic injury, thinking, “Wow, the free market system is great.”

Patterico of Patterico’s Pontifications is following the trail, and readers are submitting the names on the same letters in their local papers.  All pretend to be locals.

Wasn’t it Nancy Pelosi who claimed that the Tea Parties and the AngryVoters at Town Halls were simply “Astroturfing” — just a bunch of people paid for by “Rich Republicans” to protest to keep “tax-cuts for the Rich in place?’

I guess that’s like the union members who got $60 each for holding signs for Martha Coakley in Massachusetts, who said they were there because they needed the money, but they were voting for Scott Brown.  Nancy Pelosi’s sheer gall never ceases to astound.

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