Yes, “astroturf” has finally been located at a town hall meeting about health care.
I’m going to give you the Cliff’s Notes
version, and urge you to read the original blog post by Matt Bramandi at LoneStarTimes.com
with a big ole HAT TIP to him for knowing when to use Google.
Here’s apparently how it went down:
At the Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee health care town hall meeting where this
During a question from Tracy Miller, self-identified as both a constituent and a cancer survivor, Rep. Jackson Lee picked up her cell phone from the podium and took a call. The entire room was abuzz, with both those for and against recognizing the rudeness of such behavior. It didn’t faze Rep. Jackson Lee at all, she continued talking and finished her conversation.
(*cough cough* Reps. Pelosi and Hoyer? is that an “un-American” etiquette faux pas, too?)
Rep. Lee takes a question, when she’s not on the phone,
from a woman who identifies herself as a “general practitioner”, but Holy Astroturf, Batman
! She is, though, one of our President’s Organize for America lackeys. Check out the fake “doctor” on YouTube, especially the part where Rep. Lee hugs her afterwards
, yeah, I know, I was touched by it all, too.
Now, a week ago I got this e-mail from our Commander-n-Chief urging me to “commit” to going to an event like this (my emphasis, edited for just the pertinent parts)
This is the moment our movement was built for…
There are those who profit from the status quo, or see this debate as a political game, and they will stop at nothing to block reform. They are filling the airwaves and the internet with outrageous falsehoods to scare people into opposing change. And some people, not surprisingly, are getting pretty nervous. So we’ve got to get out there, fight lies with truth, and set the record straight.
That’s why Organizing for America is putting together thousands of events this month where you can reach out to neighbors, show your support, and make certain your members of Congress know that you’re counting on them to act.
But these canvasses, town halls, and gatherings only make a difference if you turn up to knock on doors, share your views, and show your support. So here’s what I need from you:
Can you commit to join at least one event in your community this month?…
President Barack Obama
And I’ve gotta ask…Is this how your movement “sets the record straight,” Mr President? Ms. Mayer, your bus awaits….
UPDATE: There is speculation that the little girl who asked the President a question at his New Hampshire town hall meeting was also “astroturf”….