Blog on the Run: Reloaded

Saturday, March 20, 2010 3:02 pm

“You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.”

… which is a pretty significant mistake if, like The Washington Post, you are in the word bidness:

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, already one of Washington’s largest lobbying groups, is gearing up to play a major role in this year’s midterm elections on a scale that rivals the nation’s two main political parties.

Modeled in part on Barack Obama‘s 2008 campaign juggernaut, the group has built a grass-roots operation known as Friends of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. It has a member list of 6 million names, aimed at lobbying on legislation and swaying voters to back preferred candidates, primarily Republicans, in battleground areas, officials said.

Interesting that the Post article even links to a reasonably workable definition of “grass-roots” while using the term to describe a top-down, centrally funded, $50 million effort. I’m sure there’s some Professional Journalist reason why they’re doing this that I’m just not enough of an insider to understand.


  1. Oh, how I love the smell of astroturf in the morning.


    Comment by divageek — Saturday, March 20, 2010 7:26 pm @ 7:26 pm

  2. Well divageek, pass one of your asshats to the Coffee Party which is nothing but
    more Soros funded progressive astroturff

    “This past Saturday, a group called the ‘Coffee Party’ founded by left wing activist and Obama supporter Annabel Park (a seasoned political activist who got frustrated with the fact that the Tea Parties were getting their message heard, and the liberals who support Obama were not) attempted to hold startup meetings all over the USA. In what would typically be expected from the compromised press, media outlets reported on the 15 or so people that gathered in a few places here and there as if this were some tsunami of a movement of thousands. Pretty pathetic.”

    Smell this now that the curtain has been pulled back and the lid opened on the
    Coffee Party Con

    “The new and much-publicized Coffee Party movement sports a fairy-tale narrative about a spontaneous uprising of concerned Americans appalled at the Tea Parties and determined to restore civility. The truth, easily researchable on the internet, is that plenty of left-wing establishment fingerprints are all over the birth of this supposedly spur-of-the-moment operation.

    Professional leftists, who assert that they speak for the people, just hate it when the people manage to organize themselves to speak out against the Left, as in the prairie-fire spread of the Tea Parties. Something had to be done, and in this case, ‘something’ meant creating the Coffee Party movement.

    Of course, last spring, leftists like Nancy Pelosi were charging that Tea Parties were an Astroturf operation — not a grassroots phenomenon, but something manufactured by the dark forces of the GOP. At best, this was nothing but sheer projection, a reflection of the mastery of Astroturfing by David Axelrod and many others on the professional left, and the assumption that Republicans would operate the same way. At worst, it was a deliberate exercise in the technique of the Big Lie.”

    Comment by Fred Gregory — Wednesday, March 24, 2010 5:51 pm @ 5:51 pm

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