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.