Here's Michelle Malkin's take:
"White House spokesman Robert Gibbs derided health-care town-hall protesters as the "Brooks Brothers brigade." He taunted: "I hope people will take a jaundiced eye to what is clearly the Astroturf nature of so-called grass-roots lobbying."
But never mind all that.
Some panicked congressional targets of the Tea Party movement have responded by shutting their offices, closing their blinds and shooing pesky constituents off public property.
Liberal bloggers and cable yakkers are waging their own war on the Tea Party movement, calling it "thuggery" and "hooliganism."
Talking Points Memo blogger Josh Marshall bemoaned a fiscal-conservative activist's memo offering advice on how to "pack the hall . . . spread out" and challenge a politician early "to rattle him, get him off his prepared script and agenda." Horrors! "This amounts to a sort of civic vigilantism," Marshall fretted.
No, showing up at a congressional town hall and booing a talking-points-programmed hack isn't "civic vigilantism." Throwing rocks, pouring cement on train tracks, blocking military shipments, smashing windows, hurling paint, slashing tires, vandalizing businesses and throwing shoes are vigilante acts.
That is what the anti-war, anti-free trade, anti-Bush mob did for eight years -- and there wasn't a peep about those tactics from Obama's blogging pals.
Now, the taxpayers footing the bill for Obama's redistribution of health and wealth are silent no more -- and the unhinged Left is beside itself. The "thoughtful" left-wing response to the Tea Party counterinsurgency can best be summed up by hysterical Hollywood actress Janeane Garafolo, who railed last week: "F---ing redneck d--chebaggery. Unmitigated d--chebaggery."
It's not the town halls that have gone wild. It's the Tea Party bashers who can't tolerate peaceful, open dissent"On a personal note, locally I've yet to see even ONE instance of a true grassroot protest start or become ugly, but that's only until the liberals arrive. Then its off to the races, as the childish thugs scream, threaten, and even DEMAND police action to thwart ideas opposed to their own.
Face to face you've nothing to worry about but for chrissake NEVER turn your back. My association with liberal thugs goes wayyyyyyyy back, hearkening to the Vietnam protester era.
Don't believe those staged pictures of hippies inserting flora into the barrels of M-14's. The "flower children" were the true killers. As long as your back was turned.