One of the advantages liberals have over conservatives is the conservative impulse for panic. It's a proven fact that people on the right are 'fraidy cats. As a result, they will always over-react. It's guaranteed.
So it shouldn't surprise anyone to learn that the right is reacting to a reawakened labor movement with a pants-wetting panic. Further, no one should be shocked to discover that their solution to this problem is poorly thought-out and counter-productive to their own goals.
With these facts in mind, I give you the Tea Party's plan to hang themselves.
Patriot Action Network:
FIGHT THE SEIU WITH TACTIC THEY USE AGAINST US – THIS WEEK!
That link will take you to an SEIU page where you can sign up as an "organizer" for one of their upcoming major rallies to support the union goons in Wisconsin.
Here is what I am doing in Sacramento, where they are holding a 5:30 PM event this coming Tuesday: (1) I signed up as an organizer (2) with any luck they will contact me and I will have an "in" (3) in or not I will be there and am asking as many other people as can get there to come with, all of us in SEIU shirts (those who don’t have them we can possibly buy some from vendors likely to be there) (4) we are going to target the many TV cameras and reporters looking for comments from the members there (5) we will approach the cameras to make good pictures… signs under our shirts that say things like "screw the taxpayer!" and "you OWE me!" to be pulled out for the camera (timing is important because the signs will be taken away from us) (6) we will echo those slogans in angry sounding tones to the cameras and the reporters. (7) if I do get the 'in' I am going to do my darnedest to get podium access and take the mic to do that rant from there…with any luck and if I can manage the moments to build up to it, I can probably get a cheer out of the crowd for something extreme.
So now, every time some protester missteps, every time some sign crosses a line, every time a clip of some overly passionate worker is circulated, we've got an out -- it must be a 'bagger. Scooter Walker as Hitler? Must be a 'bagger. Someone picked a fight? Must be a 'bagger. Someone handed out commie pamphlets? Must be a 'bagger. We've been handed a carte blanche. Every time something comes out to make the labor movement look bad, we can flood comment threads to news stories with that link.
Specifically, we can thank racist teabagger Mark Williams, who came up with the whole idea. Williams cooked the plan up and announced it on his website, then scrubbed the entire site (google cache here). Apparently, he came to the same conclusion I did -- that this was stupid beyond words.
So, from now until the end of time, every time some protester says something crazy, every time a sign is offensive, every time a jerk gets arrested for being a jackass, it must be a 'bagger.
Thanks Mark Williams, you're (unwittingly) the best friend a worker's ever had.