Cable news has been focused on the rowdy town hall meetings this week in which hapless Republican congressmen have been walking right into shit-storms from angry constituents–and in some cases, running away from those harsh shit-winds and shit-lightning.
Team Trump was quick to respond that these aren’t really just principled constituents trying to protect their own access to health care, but simply a part of an organized Democratic Party effort. The response to that is a collective “Nuh uh!” from the Resistance, whose conduct is about as mature as the name it has given itself (or who its billionaire interests have named it, whatever).
Feel free to argue with me, but I don’t see how it’s anything but that everything the Resistance is doing with its street protests, town hall demonstrations, and other activities are being centrally-controlled and organized. This was not only true of Occupy and Black Lives Matter with their mysterious sources of funding, consistency of methods, and oh, yeah, what we’ve learned from Project Veritas on the relationship between these direct action groups and the DNC; but according to progressives it was completely true of the Tea Party as well.
I have never met a progressive in the many years since the Tea Party first started showing up to protest TARP who believed that the movement was an organic one and was anything other than a virtual subsidiary of Koch Industries. They kept laughing and sneering, even as the movement helped snatch Congress and legislatures away from their party over the years. Suddenly finding themselves in TrumpLandia, they’re realized that the predominately white, angry, entrepreneurial, small-government, gun-loving, fetus-worshipping Tea Partiers with all that sweet Koch cash now holds sway.
Was the Tea Party a big astro-turf operation? I don’t know or care. I don’t think so, anyway, but it doesn’t matter. In spite of some of their wackier candidates and weirder protestors, they did successfully challenge the status quo and are doing quite well these days, electorally speaking. Democrats must be looking at this and saying, “If those cavemen can do it, we can too! We’ve got perfectly good billionaires and weirdos with signs!”
Point is that if progressives really believe that the Tea Party was all basically pushed by shadowy rich men and that the Resistance is more or less trying to replicate its success from the other direction of American politics, they might as well admit to themselves that it’s perfectly okay that this is the way it is and not get bogged down arguing about it.