"Back when I was a semi-card-carrying leftie, we used to spend a lot of time speculating who was the agent provocateur — read: FBI agent — at the demonstration," writes Roger L. Simon with the special insight of one who's been mugged by reality and lived to tell the tale:
Usually we thought he was the most extreme character, the guy most obviously shredding his draft card in full view of the media while tossing a cherry bomb at an American flag already heavily doused in kerosene, maybe adding a little defecation into the mix. The theory was the more “out there” the acts, the more likely the motive was to discredit our “righteous” cause …
"But times have changed and for once the formerly quiescent right is gearing up to demonstrate on April 15," continues Roger:
The left has not had to deal with something like this in recent years. Fuddy-duddy as they and their ideology may be, they have had the demo scene pretty much to themselves for decades. An element of distress (envy? nerves?) is in the air. According to Newsbusters, derived from the Cavuto Show and other sources, in a startling role reversal, ACORN and the Huffington Post are planning to infiltrate the Tea Parties …
The HuffPo is planning, like PJTV and Pajamas Media, to send citizen reporters. If that’s true, more power to them … But if they intend to participate and shape events while hiding their identities, well, that’s another matter.
Like the Tea Party Movement's fiery first-among-equals standard bearer Michelle Malkin, we're a bit more skeptical than old Roger when it comes to motives and methods of our fellow Americans on the left side of the aisle. A few tasty excerpts from her latest rant, guaranteed to make you even "madder than hell:
You can already guess how the national media will treat the two competing demonstrations. Tens of thousands of tax revolters = radio silence. A few dozen ACORN/ANSWER stragglers in front of any given bank = front page news.
Get out there. Mobilize. Put your local and state officials and your members of Congress on notice.
They’re your true audience [In our own case, a rogue's gallery including not only 8th District Rep Michael A. Capuano but also 4th District Rep Barney Frank and Senators Teddy Kennedy and John F. Kerry]. Not the MSM.
As another Beltway pol from Massachusetts, former Speaker of the House Tip O'Neill famously observed, "All politics is local." In that spirit, we repeat, "Capuano has to go!"
Update: "Tiny should organize a Catnip Tea Party for conservative blogcats and their humans," writes Connecticut Yankee in the comments. What a delightful idea. We'll float the notion before her and she if she goes for it.
Update II: Maggie's links:
More on how the Left is bewildered and upset by the Tea Parties. Remind me - how much money did ACORN get from the "stimulus"? Was it $5 billion? ACORN is a government-supported radical political organization. We hope the Tea Party movement has legs.
Update III: Professor Reynolds makes us GLADDER than hell!
Update IV: Tired of being mad? Head on over to Modulator's Friday Ark #238, where all things bright and beautiful are now boarding.