From the leftist Ben Smith of Politico
The vast new left-wing conspiracy sets its tone every morning at 8:45 a.m., when officials from more than 20 labor, environmental, and other Democratic-leaning groups dial into a private conference call hosted by two left-leaning Washington organizations.
The “8:45 A.M. call,” as it’s referred to by members, began three weeks ago, and it marks a new level in the 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.
The call has helped attempts to link the Republican Party to radio host Rush Limbaugh, and has served as the launching ground for attacks on critics of Obama’s policy proposals. It springs from a recognition of what was lacking in the Clinton years, said Jennifer Palmieri, the senior vice president for communications at the Center for American Progress Action Fund, one of the groups hosting the call.
“[CAP President John] Podesta’s and my experience was in the White House during the Clinton years, and we didn’t have a coordinated echo chamber on the outside backing us up,” she said. “There’s a real interest on the progressive side for groups to want to coordinate with each other and leverage each other’s work in a way I haven’t ever seen before.”
Huh. This isn't an apology or written with any kind of ominous tone, the way you'd read about McCarthy's "witchhunts" (most of which were for actually existent witches) or Nixon's "Enemies List". The vast left-wing conspiracy isn't written with an Orwellian tone - it's tongue-in-cheek, mocking. The comments are gleefully victorious and "Nyah nyah, how do YOU like it!?" They're purposefully rubbing our noses in the fact that they are doing shit like this. They WANT us all to know it; they're proud of it. Everything they accused Bush of doing covertly and opaquely, is now being done openly and with overt glee.
This is what was bugging me about the Limbaugh hunt most - it was so obviously a deliberately coordinated effort, and all it took was Obama giving the word in that one legislative meeting. When he handed over the stimulus project to Pelosi, they acknowledge they had a VERY brief conversation - he was about to give her some words of instruction and she held up her hand, saying, "Look, we're on the same page, we both know what needs to be done," and that was it. 1400 pages and no discussion needed; the Cloward-Piven strategy was enacted for the first time. After pushing it through without allowing the congresspeople time to read it, he was free to go on his 3-day weekend before he ever signed it - that which had been so desperate. He didn't read it - they knew one another, they were in harmony. Thus it was with the Limbaugh - Obama wants Limbaugh eliminated or used to enact some mutated new version of the fairness doctrine; all he needs to do is say the word "Limbaugh" to a bunch of senators, and they're all on the horn mounting an offense across the nation in every conceivable manner.
Charles Manson does that - you ever seen one of his interviews? He's making those weird gestures that look like doing the Egyptian or something? Those all mean something to him and to The Family. Whoever among them is left at this point. They're signals, they're orders, they're messages. And Garofalo had the balls to compare conservatives to Squeaky Fromme types? Look, don't bitch at me for making the comparisons - they're coming right out in the OPEN with this shit. (And at least I'm talking about tactics as opposed to looks, like this columnist who calls Michele O a Jackie O movie star and then says Jindal's Manson "eyes" disturb her.) This isn't looks or feelings, it's actions. It's being done in such a way that Obama can say "I didn't tell them to do that"** - that is so Mansonesque it's not even funny.
Leave something witchy.
Well, he could write and perform music, anyway. Something witchy. Good lord.
**Ok, he's not COMPLETELY maintaining deniability. Like his predecessors, he's too arrogant not to take some credit so long as it's working.
Update Obamessiah Watch:
Ok, just try to keep all these things in your mind at the same time to get the big picture, and then ask yourself what is and isn't paranoid. Three things, and these are just off the top of my head:
Civilian National Security Force - one that is just as powerful and well-funded as the military, who we've got to stop relying on. We've already seen films of some of the militants drilling.
"I need you to go out and talk to your friends and talk to your neighbors. I want you to talk to them whether they are independent or whether they are Republican. I want you to argue with them and get in their face." Notice that he then proceeds to tell them that if those people say Obama wants to do X, they are to say "No, he's going to do the opposite." Except that the things he's saying they are to say we now know are lies; and he is doing just what he said people would argue that he would do. So not only are followers instructed to argue in a hostile fashion, they are to lie. At least, he lied to them. And still his followers don't care that they were lies. Some of them still believe it even though they're demonstrably lies at this point.
And now the Zombie Army of ACORN freaks. The Weather Underground estimated it would need to "liquidate" 25 million people in order to achieve utopia. Obama hasn't made his estimate yet - they are now in the process of drawing up maps, and calling on ground support (just as he said in the Chicago radio interview) so they can start gauging where the support and non-support in the public lies. Doors will be knocked on once people have pledged their support. They intend to find out who stands with the president and who doesn't on this. If you don't believe me, read it for yourself. I couldn't make shit like this up.
Stuff like this used to scare people. This isn't even Orwellian, because Orwellian implies a degree of secrecy. I don't know what this is. But don't fucking tell me I'm being an alarmist, or a conspiracy theorist, or paranoid or anything else (um, I know you didn't, I'm just saying) for putting this all together and calling, "CHECK, PLEASE!"