August 3, 2009

On This Week with George Stephanopoulos, Michelle Malkin tries to claim that the tea party movement is grass roots, and that it's 1993 all over again with health care reform.

Malkin: It's going to be a monumental month on the ground, and we've seen this percolating since February, and I've been covering the tea party movement, these counter-insurgencies on tax payer rights groups, and I think that this administration and the Democrats have vastly underestimated just how grass roots this movement is. And I think it's been, I think it's been comforting to think that it comes from the top...

Stephanopoulos: And it's a grass roots movement organized around what? What is the issue?

Malkin: Around larger government, reckless spending, and not only the redistribution of wealth, but now the redistribution of health. And I think that the White House has failed to counter the basic notion that people's health care "rights" or entitlements are going to be redistributed by social engineers. And we've seen these "town halls gone wild", that's the phrase now and I think as these law makers go back they're going to face the heat. These You Tube videos are viral, and to me it's actually very reminiscent of Hillary-Care fifteen years ago today. You probably remember this. When Hillary went to Seattle to sell the health care plan it was really a turning point when she was booed, directly, and I'm, I lived and reported in Seattle for three years. That was an extraordinary event. And we're going to see a replay of that.

The other guests go on to explain why these times have very little in common with 1993 when Hillary Clinton was trying to push health care reform.

Think Progress has the break down on how absurd Malkin's remarks are trying to claim that the tea bag movement is even remotely a grass roots one. Media Matters has some rebuttal on her new book: Malkin distorts Michelle Obama biography to attack her and her father as corrupt.

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