Michelle Malkin

A few months ago, Craig Varoga -- a Washington-based Democratic political operative and overseer of a convoluted, money-shuffling web of political action committees -- launched "TheTeaPartyisOver.org" to target Republicans who supported the Tea Party movement. The site declared that it would prevent the "radical" and "dangerous" fiscal accountability agenda from "gaining legislative traction." Varoga's money funneling is designed to obscure the Big Labor/progressive funding of his enterprises under the umbrella of his "American Public Policy Center (APPC)."

After conservative blogs and Fox News exposed his deceptive web of grassroots groups, Varoga password-protected his website so that the Democratic plotting against Tea Party activists could be conducted out of view.

I speak from direct experience about the underhandedness of Tea Party smear merchants. On Feb. 17, 2009, at one of the country's first tax revolt rallies in Denver, a man approached me amid a throng of bona fide anti-stimulus protesters and thrust a camera in my face. I obliged cheerfully, as I usually do after such speaking events. I later learned from the character assassins at Progress Now, a left-wing outfit that just happened to be there and just happened to snap a close-up photo of the interaction, that the man pulled out a sign at the last minute (which I didn't see until later) sporting Obama's name with a swastika on it. He held the sign away from me, but in direct view of the Progress Now cameraperson.

That cameraperson just happened to be a former CNN producer, whose blog post on the photo just happened to be immediately disseminated by the local press and to the hit men at the radical-left Media Matters website. The narrative was set: A conservative supporter of the nascent Tea Party movement posed for a photo with a man holding up a swastika at a protest against out-of-control spending! Ergo, the anti-stimulus protesters and the entire Tea Party membership are all racist, fascist menaces to society!

Fast-forward to April 2010. Alinsky's avenging angels have declared open warfare on April 15. Will they be enabled again by "mainstream journalists" who have turned their Tea Party reporting assignments into search-and-destroy missions? The signs point to yes.


Michelle Malkin

Michelle Malkin is the author of "Culture of Corruption: Obama and his Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks & Cronies" (Regnery 2010).

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