I didn't realize I was being manipulated by Big Insurance and the Magic Brain Beam Machine. Who knew??
Rarely has anybody on the Left ever dared to speak so candidly in giving their explanation for the Middle American Rebellion of 2009 that turned out thousands of previously non-political Americans of all ages at town halls, tea parties and, most impressively, on Sept. 12 in the nation's capital.
Since folks on the Left can't possibly accept that rational people would oppose more government control over their lives, they are left with only one possible explanation - Opponents must be too stupid, blind or malleable to think for themselves, so they must be nothing more than pawns.
And who is doing the manipulating? Remember Hillary Clinton and the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy (VRWC)? Dickinson echoes and updates the familiar theme with this pack of assertions:
"Call it the return of the Karl Rove playbook: The effort to mobilize the angriest fringe of the Republican base was guided by a conservative dream team that included the same GOP henchmen who Swift-boated John Kerry in 2004, smeared John McCain in 2000, wrote the script for Republican obstructionism on global warming, and harpooned the health care reform effort led by Hillary Clinton in 1993."
And among the other suspects - Dick Scaife, Frank Luntz, Dick Armey - Dickinson pays particular attention to Charles and David Koch, and their foundation, saying "Americans for Prosperity, which has taken the lead in the current fight against reform, is a front group for oil billionaires David and Charles Koch, co-owners of the world's largest private oil and gas conglomerate."