Right to target SEIU as part of war against ACORN

The Congressional Democrats' stampede to join Republican efforts to defund ACORN was stupid on many levels, as Paul Rosenberg explained in this post. Among other things, Rosenberg argued, Democrats empowered and validated the GOP's strategy of demonization. They may have thought cutting off ACORN's funding would cause Republicans to stop exploiting the issue, but of course, the opposite is true.

Congressman Steve King (IA-05) has been one of the leading warriors against ACORN for at least a year, and lately I've been getting anti-ACORN links regularly from his Twitter feed. I saw on Iowa Independent today that David Weigel of the Washington Independent cornered King at the How to Take Back America Conference on Friday. Weigel asked King about the "next natural target" in the campaign to "defund the left." King mentioned "ACORN and all of their other affiliates--SEIU's another one. I mean, their connection there is so tight, they're part of the operational arm, and they're part of the funding."

So get ready for a major right-wing effort to demonize the Service Employees International Union. King explained that "keeping the media on" this story will be a challenge for conservatives: "While we have an opportunity to make a run at ACORN, we really need to make a run at ACORN and all of their other affiliates, and push this thing as long and as hard as we can, because once the media turns their attention away, I don't know that they come back again."

Watch it here:

Update [2009-9-29 14:51:15 by desmoinesdem]: Right on schedule, here's Republican Congressman Mark Kirk (IL-10), a Senate candidate, calling on the U.S. Census Bureau to stop working with SEIU because the SEIU is too close to ACORN. More on that story is here.

Update [2009-9-29 20:12:17 by desmoinesdem]: Thanks to RT for linking to Kathleen Parker's latest syndicated column, which highlights ties between ACORN, the SEIU and taxpayers.

Tags: ACORN, conservatism, SEIU, Steve King (all tags)



When are we going to learn to play the game

Whenever any group that is supportive of Democrats or effective at taking it to the Republicans the Republicans train their political guns on it and they don't stop firing until that group is marginalized.

Why can't we do that.

We are so ineffective it is sickening.  Look at Glenn Beck.   People crow about his advertisers leaving.   BIG DEAL.  He is still on the air and his rating have SKYROCKETED.

We should be returning political fire and going after all the wingnuts.

by RichardFlatts 2009-09-29 11:01AM | 0 recs
Kathleen Parker made SIEU/ACORN connection too

Now picture a triangle. One point is ACORN; another point is the SEIU; the third point is the taxpayer. Now picture arrows flowing back and forth, representing the exchange of greenbacks and services.

This was Kathleen Parker in the WaPo on Sunday.

I said over at CogBlog (yeah, that's me, despite the different screen name) that she was "basically Glenn Beck, only using an indoor voice," because her column had that Back-like logic with diagrams and arrows and stuff.

Also pointed out that she was full of shit.

by RT 2009-09-29 11:16AM | 0 recs
Stay with me a second.

When right wing astroturf groups get found out, they disband and return with a different name.

If the name "ACORN" is so offensive and such a hate magnet now, perhaps someone should set up a new group that does the same thing, and let ACORN wither away in obscurity.

I'm not saying this because I think that it's the right thing to do, either ethically or for ACORN, but because I'm really tired of hearing about something that's such a fake issue gain traction.  Remove the target, let us get on with our lives.

by Dracomicron 2009-09-29 02:07PM | 0 recs
ACORN is a large and complex entity

It's not simple to just disband one organization and set up another one to do the same things with the same staff. Not that doing so would "remove the target" in any case.

by desmoinesdem 2009-09-29 04:06PM | 0 recs
Re: Stay with me a second.

You are spot on.  I have been saying this.   ACORN multiple things.   Break up the organization in multiple, smaller more focused parts.   It may actually make it more effective in its mission.    

By splitting it up and giving each new entity its own name you remove the ACORN target and you make it harder for the wingnuts to target you in the future by creating smaller targets.

by RichardFlatts 2009-10-02 07:57AM | 0 recs
Get even

Dems need to respond by demonizing right wing organizations that are the equivalent of ACORN.  Of course, the left lacks the media megaphone, but for media that likes "balance" can we find them a right wing target that might make the GOP cautious about a round of tit for tat?

by bakho 2009-09-30 04:57AM | 0 recs


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