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Democrats Say Angry Protesters Won't Derail Health-Care Town Halls - washingtonpost.com

Democrats Say Angry Protesters Won't Derail Health-Care Town Halls - washingtonpost.com: "The Democratic National Committee released a Web advertisement that alleges, 'Desperate Republicans and their well-funded allies are organizing angry mobs' to 'destroy President Obama and stop the change Americans voted for overwhelmingly in November.'

And Obama wrote to the 13 million people on his e-mail list, asking them to commit to attending at least one health-care event this month in support of his plan. The message, distributed by Organizing for America, seeks to draw on the popularity that vaulted Obama into office."


That's a little better. Same as the other.

So, wait a minute...

From WaPo:

"The increasingly vocal opposition provoked Democrats to respond Wednesday.

The Democratic National Committee released a Web advertisement that alleges, "Desperate Republicans and their well-funded allies are organizing angry mobs" to "destroy President Obama and stop the change Americans voted for overwhelmingly in November."

And Obama wrote to the 13 million people on his e-mail list, asking them to commit to attending at least one health-care event this month in support of his plan. The message, distributed by Organizing for America, seeks to draw on the popularity that vaulted Obama into office."

One man's angry mob is another man's 13,000,000 e-mail list

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Incidentally...

I'm not saying that the Health Care Bill will fail. I'm just disagreeing with his premise that the majority of the voting population won't rise up and recreate 1994...

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Robert Reich in Salon

"But this Republican strategy will fail. 2010 will not be 1994. There's too much momentum behind universal healthcare right now to stop it. Yet the Republicans' fake grass-roots campaign may cause some Democratic lawmakers to become even more nervous about universal healthcare than they already are, or at least give them an excuse to duck when it comes time to vote in September. The result will be a watered-down set of reforms that still leave millions of Americans uninsured and don't slow healthcare costs. This is why Obama has to fight for this so hard over the August recess, why he has to be far more specific about what he wants in the bill, and why he can't afford any more diversions -- like the beer summit, or economic advisors who seem to open the door to middle-class tax increases."

One of my fond recollections of Robert Reich was him lamenting that today's unions don't sing songs like "There Once Was a Union Maid" and others on Morning Edition. I'm not sure that his inherent bias allows him to recognize a contrary grass-roots movement when he sees it. In addition to plugging his ears and saying "CAN'T HEAR YOU!" concerning the president's sliding poll numbers...

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