Tweety's as aggressive as I've ever seen him with these organized town hall hijackings. Tonight he had Max Pappas, VP for Public Policy at FreedomWorks, the astroturf "non-partisan" group founded by Dick Armey and pushing the healthcare disruptions, and Gerald Shea from the AFL-CIO, whose members will now be turning out to attend the healthcare forums. (The low-key Shea mostly sat back and watched as Matthews went on the attack.)
"You're basically plotting at stuff," Matthews accused, stabbing the air with his pen. "Are you astroturf, or are you grassroots?"
"We're not astroturf, we don't do that," Pappas said. "Ours are all volunteers." He pointed out that "their signs are hand-painted." (Yeah, because no astroturf operation ever turns out hand-painted signs to hand out.)
"You want it both ways. You want to be seen as compassionate without doing anything," he told Pappas.
I swear, I could forgive Chris Matthews every dumb thing he's ever said for the pitbull approach he took with this corporatist weasel. You go, Chris!