Dangerous Right-Wing Astroturf (UPDATED X3)

The corporate anti-reform astroturfing is getting ugly:

More from the Speaker’s office:

  • Protesters in Texas carried a sign displaying a tombstone with Rep. Lloyd Doggett’s (D) name on it.
  • At that same anti-Doggett protest, another demonstrator carried a sign with the Nazi “SS” logo on it.
  • At a rally in Salisbury, MD, an Americans for Prosperity-sponsored rally hung Rep. Frank Kratovil (D) in effigy.

And more below the fold…

Consider it tea party 2.0: more corporate-sponsored conservative activists/organizations using harassment and intimidation to attack Democrats and obstruct reform.

The question is, whose side are you on? Are you on the side of the health industrial complex and radical bought-&-paid-for activists, or are you on the side of President Obama, a majority of the American people and real health care reform?

Remember, those demonstrators are the same folks responsible for this:

So, America, who do you want to succeed in the battle over health care reform–the President, or the extremists?

UPDATE: A recent CNN poll shows that most Americans want health care town halls where they can express their opinions to their elected officials.

Too bad the right has hijacked those town halls and turned them into corporate-sponsored protests populated by bitter, outside-the-mainstream conservative activists.

UPDATE II: And don’t forget the person carrying the picture of Rep. Doggett with devil horns:


These folks don’t really seem interested in finding common ground or forging a compromise, do they?

I wonder, where do Republican elected officials stand on all of this? I know House Minority Leader John Boehner (OH) endorsed these extremists–what do the rest of the Congressional Republicans think about these demonstrations?

I’d love to know.

UPDATE III: As it turns out, a lot of these demonstrators aren’t even constituents of the Representatives they’re attacking:

Last night, Rep. Gene Green (D-TX) hosted a rowdy town hall meeting to discuss health care reform. Fox’s local Houston affiliate reporter, Duarte Geraldino, reported that he talked to the participants and found that “some attendees admit they don’t live in the district.” How did they get there? Geraldino noted “an internet campaign” by far right activists urging their allies to attend and heckle Democratic Representatives.

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Bussing in well-connected outside activists to manufacture fake astroturf protests?

What is this, Florida in 2000?