Whenever liberals falsely accuse you of something, you know what they’ve been up to. It was telling that Nancy Pelosi’s initial reaction to the spontaneous Tea Party was to denounce it as “Astroturf.” In her own camp, “grass roots” protesters have been undergoing formal training on how to disrupt the Republican convention:
Maria Agosto ducked into the back of an Orthodox church in Childs Park, Fla., pulling her hand-knitted pink scarf tighter as she settled in for three hours of protester training camp. It was early March in St. Petersburg, Fla.
A slender man in his mid-30s introduced himself as Grommit. It was not his real name.
“Doing direct actions changes something in your soul,” Grommit said. “It changes how you perceive yourself.”
Once, he had been a radical activist, climbing trees and cranes to drop banners for organizations like Earth First and the Ruckus Society. Now he had a wife, a 2-year-old, a paycheck he didn’t want to risk. Instead, he educated protesters.
“I try to prepare people for what they are getting into.”
The Republican National Convention is the protesting big leagues.
Funding for this sort of spontaneity shouldn’t be a problem, to judge by a report in the New York Slimes:
After months on the sidelines, major liberal donors including the financier George Soros are preparing to inject up to $100 million into independent groups to aid Democrats’ chances this fall. But instead of going head to head with the conservative “super PACs” and outside groups that have flooded the presidential and Congressional campaigns with negative advertising, the donors are focusing on grass-roots organizing, voter registration and Democratic turnout.
Here’s what they mean by “grass-roots”:
…in interviews, donors and strategists involved in the effort said they also did not believe they could match advertising spending by leading conservative groups like American Crossroads and Americans for Prosperity, and instead wanted to exploit what they see as the Democrats’ advantage in grass-roots organizing. …
In a move likely to draw in other major donors, Mr. Soros will contribute $1 million each to America Votes, a group that coordinates political activity for left-leaning environmental, abortion rights and civil rights groups, and American Bridge 21st Century, a super PAC that focuses on election-oriented research.
In an appallingly cynical example of the liberal divide and conquer strategy, a stated major objective of the mega-money Astrotuft campaign is to pour cash into infamously racist hard left Hispanic outfits in an attempt to poison Arizona and turn it into a swing state.
No doubt plenty will be left over to plan and finance Occupy Wall Street eruptions that will be presented as spontaneous.
On tips from Apostle53, TonyD95B, and Sam Adams.