Because it’s too damn hard to join into the discussion and find common ground on an issue, the nuts on the right have been up to what has become their signature form of douchebaggery.
Here is how it works. You create a group that appears to be a grassroots effort created by everyday Americans. The corporate lobbyists and GOP give you money for your, “movement”. You spread your movement through its normal channels – your Fox News, Rush Dirtbags, etc. etc. You make it seem really bad and say things like, “The Democrats want to kill your grandma” and, “If this health care bill passes, mandatory sex change operations for everyone”. This creates outrage among the lemmings and the uninformed attack Democratic representatives at town hall meetings.
But that’s not enough because you can’t depend on the lemmings all the time. They may not hold up to their end of the bargain so you need to pay people to show phony outrage. Think of the 2000 Florida election debacle and the number of GOP staffers showing their fake outrage over the recount.
It’s not like they learn or even study history but you would think that they would have learned from the McCain/Palin rallies that people just don’t get into angry mobs. To me they are acting like the little kid you see at the store kicking and screaming when they don’t get their way. It’s annoying to customers and embarrassing to the mother. But in this instance, I don’t think those mothers care.