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A Vast Left-Wing Conspiracy?

That's what Ben Smith at The Politico calls the daily conference calls between 20 different left-wing organizations in order to get their propaganda straight for the day. It's unbelievable how collectivized these people are. They're like the Borg.

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 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."

The call is hosted by Progressive Media, a project of the CAP Action Fund and the Media Matters Action Fund. The project began last year as a launching pad for attacks on John McCain, but failed to raise money for television advertisements, and served in the later days of the presidential campaign as a platform for disseminating opposition research critical of his policy plans. White House officials do not take part in the calls.

White House officials don't take part. They don't have to. Their residue is everywhere here. John Podesta was Obama's transition chief, and we know these two groups conducting the conference calls have all kinds of contacts inside the White House. After their daily conference calls in which they get their talking points, they fan out and regurgitate these same ideas on their blogs, newsletters, and websites all writing as if these talking points were the products of their own effort.

I know conservatives are not remotely as organized as these folks, but I think it's because conservatives just don't think the way liberals and leftists do. Liberals in general, especially the folks involved in these conference calls, are very much collectivized in their thought and actions. Instead of thinking or acting individually, they encourage - require - adherence to a particular line of thought and action. Similarly, they love mass transit where everyone moves from point A to point B as a collective. They love collectivized health care where everyone gets the same lousy collectivized coverage. They love education where children are taught the same liberal pap as a collective. Conservatives instead are individualized. They live and think as individuals. They get up in the morning and go to work in their own cars and have no desire for mass transit. They go to their offices or cubicles and mind their own business. They don't demand others around them think or live as they do. The only thing conservatives want from other people, and this is especially true regarding the government, is to be left alone to live their lives as they see fit.

I used to think this was how the vast majority of Americans lived. I'm not so sure anymore.

Since conservatives are so much more individualized, they are much slower on the uptake when it comes to organizing and collectivizing in order to get their message out. Thinking and acting as a collective is simply not how we're wired.


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They get up in the morni... (Below threshold)
hyperbolist:

They get up in the morning and go to work in their own cars and have no desire for mass transit.

That you intend this statement to be a compliment is all anybody needs to know about the post as a whole. I hope you wrote this from a smartphone while stuck in traffic.

Hyper will make a cogent po... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

Hyper will make a cogent point when he gets his talking points memo. ww

"They go to their offices o... (Below threshold)
Adrian Browne:

"They go to their offices or cubicles and mind their own business. They don't demand others around them think or live as they do. The only thing conservatives want from other people, and this is especially true regarding the government, is to be left alone to live their lives as they see fit."

That's why it's always shocking when they "go postal."

I know conservativ... (Below threshold)
Zifnab:
I know conservatives are not remotely as organized as these folks, but I think it's because conservatives just don't think the way liberals and leftists do.
I'm a hand model, mama. A finger jockey. We think differently than the face and body boys... we're a different breed.

Zoolander, ftw!

Since conservatives are so much more individualized, they are much slower on the uptake when it comes to organizing and collectivizing in order to get their message out. Thinking and acting as a collective is simply not how we're wired.

http://crooksandliars.com/2008/07/25/mcclellan-white-house-gave-fox-commentators-talking-points/

Matthews: "Did you see FOX television as a tool when you were in the White House? As a useful avenue to get your message out?"

McClellan: "I make a distinction between the journalists and the commentators. Certainly there were commentators and other, pundits at FOX News, that were useful to the White House." [...] That was something we at the White House, yes, were doing, getting them talking points and making sure they knew where we were coming from.

Matthews: "So you were using these commentators as your spokespeople."

McClellan: "Well, certainly."

Damn you, liberals! Damn you and your talking points straight to hell!

"White House officials don'... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

"White House officials don't take part."

They don't have to, they set the agenda and get the ball rolling. No need to attend the actual meeting.

Demonstrating what a herd o... (Below threshold)
Thomas Jackson:

Demonstrating what a herd of sheep the Left truly is.

Zombies more than Borg really.

I belong to a community org... (Below threshold)
Berzerk:

I belong to a community organization in Iowa for the open and express purpose of protecting freedom and limiting their socialist agenda. The head of this little group is supported by the school system and has a higher income than the teachers. This groups gets $200k of "free money" and sends its leadership to countless "training sessions" that promote collective circles of like minded and funded groups to bring a common front against our freedoms at every turn. It's existence is of course cloaked as "saving the children" from drugs and alcohol. They have managed to assist in passing our state wide smoking ban on private property and are being pushed to pass laws against parents and property owners where kids may go to drink. Like open farmland, without the knowledge of the land owners! These people are well funded and organized by our tax dollars. It just infuriates me.

Zifnab - Kinda forgot somet... (Below threshold)
marc:

Zifnab - Kinda forgot something didn't you? Like the "hummina-hummina, what who said that" answer given by McClellan when asked to point out specific instances where that occurred.

Not to mention McClellan was pimping his own book when the initial statement was made.

I know conservatives are... (Below threshold)

I know conservatives are not remotely as organized as these folks...

Not even by a long shot, and that be understating things. Couple that, along with our inability to find a party leader with a gift for communication, and we as Republicans have a major eff-ing problem. The troubling thing is that it's been that way for a while.

Since conservatives are so much more individualized, they are much slower on the uptake when it comes to organizing and collectivizing in order to get their message out. Thinking and acting as a collective is simply not how we're wired.

Then we better find a good electrician, one who can galvinize and draw the party together first and get it back to the ideals that made it strong. But the GOP is also going to have to go against the current in the 'wiring' and do things like grassroots and local groups, and put to better use the vast technology at its disposal to communicate with like-minded people.

I'd love to expand more, especially from a communications standpoint, but I'm simply don't have the time at the moment. (Gee, that's not irony now is it.)

The left's collective think... (Below threshold)
Mac Lorry:

The left's collective thinking is both a strength and a weakness. A few conservatives need only infiltrate the collective at any level to get a copy of the day's agenda and then formulate counterpoints. That info needs only be fed to a few talk radio hosts to effectively counter the left's collective.

Enemies lists, coordinated ... (Below threshold)
rachel:

Enemies lists, coordinated propaganda meetings, secrecy, ....what's next, breaking into Repub's psychiatrists' offices?

Is this the O'Bummer Administration or the Nixon Administration Part Deux?

Whooo! rachel...what's next... (Below threshold)
Rolf:

Whooo! rachel...what's next? You tell us babe. What's next?

Yeah the "Obummer" admin sure do look like Nixon II. What's next, rachel?

You're all missing... (Below threshold)
joe:

You're all missing the point. The fact that these people feel it necessary to hold a call every single morning is pathetic and a serious waste of time. Don't get me wrong. We hold calls each week, but we also need to be work and be productive. These people sitting on the phone getting their stories straight is NOT productive. I mean seriously!! Its a fricken circle jerk!!

Nixon was at least reasonab... (Below threshold)
JLawson:

Nixon was at least reasonably competent as a President, if his judgement was a trifle... skewed.

Obama? Well, history will decide. But it's starting to look like he's going to be a case study in "Be careful what you wish for - you might get it" type disasters...

Perhaps we conservatives ar... (Below threshold)
Dave:

Perhaps we conservatives are not as well organized as these guys because, oh, I don't know, we are WORKING at 8:45?

I sure hope you don'... (Below threshold)
gracecurl Author Profile Page:


I sure hope you don't have children. The thought that kids would be raised by someone so wrong, ignorant and hateful of a group of people you obviously no NOTHING about is disgusting.

To form such ideas you must live somewhere so remote that the only other human contact you have are the other 3 people in the trailer park.

Ignorance and hate, gracecu... (Below threshold)
JLawson:

Ignorance and hate, gracecurl?

Take a look in your own mirror. From you, I see hate, distain, derision, and intolerance so entrenched it makes me wonder how you can stand anyone who doesn't agree with your worldview.

"They're like the Borg."...... (Below threshold)
davidt:

"They're like the Borg."... Resistence is futile.

Get Joe the Plumber to infi... (Below threshold)
hyperbolist:

Get Joe the Plumber to infiltrate the meeting and write down the talking points. Make sure he doesn't use a crayon, that'll give him away immediately.

Ahh! Old hyper continues to... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

Ahh! Old hyper continues to beat down a man who asked a question of his messiah. I am also sure hyper is down with the State of Ohio doing background checks to find dirt on him because Obama did not have his teleprompters with him. ww

You can see the propaganda ... (Below threshold)
TOhio:

You can see the propaganda feed going to the mainstream news organizations every day. CNN and MSNBC are the biggest culprits.

When is the American public going to wake up to the fact that they are spoon fed lies every day by news groups that pretend to be objective but are heavily left-wing?

I think that the 8:45am calls are just the tip of the iceberg.

Perhaps we conserv... (Below threshold)
Zifnab:
Perhaps we conservatives are not as well organized as these guys because, oh, I don't know, we are WORKING at 8:45?

Or perhaps not, if you've got time to blog.

Beat down? You mean... l... (Below threshold)
hyperbolist:

Beat down? You mean... laugh at on the internetz?

Such a sensitive wingnut thou art, oh Wild One!

KimWhat the hell a... (Below threshold)
jim:

Kim

What the hell are you doing to the English language? There is no such word as "collectivizing" You are ruining this once fine language!

And then old jim attacks th... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

And then old jim attacks the messenger and demeans her. Going by the old liberal play book. ww

They worship the collective... (Below threshold)
Faith+1:

They worship the collective because most are incapable of excelling on their own. They attempt to overcome their feelings of inadequacy by trying to make everyone the same. It's why they react so violently when a minority doesn't express their prescribed groupthink. Nothing a liberal hates more than a slave who won't stay on the plantation and know his name is Toby.....

The thing about collectivis... (Below threshold)
Boots:

The thing about collectivists is that the leaders of the collective are better than us, and will not rub elbows with the little people. Other than Ed Begley, they do NOT ride public transportation, and they send their children to private school (and they make sure those little people don't get the chance to attend Sidwell Friends with the Obama girls). Look at the hypocricy of Al Gore, he flys around the world lecturing the rest of us on global warming and the evils of carbon, while his own personal lifestyle involves multiple homes (just one of which uses more electricity in a month than the average Tenn home in a year). He has the ginormous house boat. He has a fleet of SUV's, as does John Kerry but those belong to his wife so it's okay.

In Great Britain, the little people are stuck with the National Health Service while the leaders have private (American!) hospitals for their healthcare. Hmm wonder why?

The collectivists want to take the little people's freedoms away from them. Mrs. Obama even said so during the campaign, that BHO would not let you go back to your life as it was. BHO said we cannot eat as much as we want, keep our homes warm, and that he intends to bankrupt the coal industry (most US electricity is derived from coal).

What's surprising is how surprised so many people are about this agenda. BHO was upfront about it, especially during those unteleprompted moments.

I have to say this is the f... (Below threshold)
jmc:

I have to say this is the funniest thread I've read in eons. Watching Republicans complain about group think, is like, watching the Taliban complain about women's rights.

My favorite post was when Wild Wilie, who has never had an independent thought in the year or so, I've been reading through this site, complains about how others are following marchnig orders.

One thing Republicns don't do, is self-awareness.

Be careful, jmc. Bruce wil... (Below threshold)
Oyster:

Be careful, jmc. Bruce will start correcting your typos.

Or not.

Be careful, jmc. ... (Below threshold)
jmc:
Be careful, jmc. Bruce will start correcting your typos.

I'll sleep eight hours either way.

Nice try, Zifnab, but if yo... (Below threshold)
Dave:

Nice try, Zifnab, but if you look at the time on my previous post, you will observe that it was written and posted at 8:45 PM; I was at HOME when I posted my comment, just like I am now.




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