Thursday, August 6, 2009
Mary Katharine Ham does a pretty thorough job of undermining the basis for Rachel Maddow's influential piece claiming that health care protests are "astroturfed." ... Maddow also had a couple of what looked like videotaped instances of geniune thuggishness, though the right-wing memo she cites as orchestrating the "hooliganism" actually says "Don't carry on and make a scene, just short, intermittent shout-outs ..."
P.S.: If an "astroturfing" campaign gets real people to show up at events stating their real views, isn't it ... community organizing? ... 5:04 P.M.
Tim Noah has a terrific, opinionated page of health care links, including a putdown of kf . But he seems a bit Orszag-skeptical himself. ... 5:02 P.M.
Incoming: Chuck Lane on two things that might change the health care CW (which holds that Dems will pass something ): a) if the delayed mid-session budget review--now due later this month--shows a much-worse-than-expected deficit b) if Dems lose big in the NJ and Virginia elections ... 5:00 P.M.