Wednesday, March 11, 2009

The Vast Left Wing Conspiracy? The 8:45 Call

Now we have liberal groups banding together to get marching orders.

The “8:45 A.M. call,” as it’s referred to by members, began three weeks ago, and it marks a new level in coordination by the White House’s allies at a time when the conservative opposition is struggling for a toe-hold and major agenda items like health care reform appear closer than ever to passage.

They even engage in a little "politics of personal destruction" to use a Clinton era conceit.

The call has proved particularly effective at coordinating attacks on critics, said Jacki Schechner, the national communications director for Health Care for America Now, a labor-backed alliance of groups that support Democratic efforts to expand health care.

“There’s a coordination in terms of exposing the people who are trying to come out against reform —they’ve all got backgrounds and histories and pasts, and it’s not taking long to unearth that and to unleash that, because we’re all working together,” Schechner said.

At least the White House doesn't run these calls according to this:

Though White House officials do not participate in the calls, Palmieri said, the new infrastructure is closely tied to the White House. Podesta directed Obama’s transition, and Americans United for Change exists largely to run ads promoting the White House agenda. Some on the left, however, remain skeptical of the White House’s embrace.

If this crap can be traced directly to the White House then we have yet another case of fiddling while the economy burns. I'm all for "coordination the message" and partisan crapola when times are good because it distracts government officials from messing things up. But this should not be happening when we have a decent chance of slipping into Great Depression 2.

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