When Minnesotans last heard of Tara McGuinness, Ben Goldfarb was dismissing her from Amy Klobuchar’s campaign for viewing a Kennedy for Senate campaign ad before it was released. We also know that Ms. McGuinness got that advertisment because it took Noah Kunin 17 attempts before gaining access to the website where the ad was stored.
According to Ben Smith’s article, our girl Tara has moved up in the world:
The vast new left-wing conspiracy sets its tone every morning at 8:45 a.m., when officials from more than 20 labor, environmental and other Democratic-leaning groups dial into a private conference call hosted by two left-leaning Washington organizations.
The â€œ8:45 A.M. call,â€ as itâ€™s referred to by members, began three weeks ago, and it marks a new level in coordination by the White Houseâ€™s allies at a time when the conservative opposition is struggling for a toe-hold and major agenda items like health care reform appear closer than ever to passage.
The call has helped attempts to link the Republican Party to radio host Rush Limbaugh, and has served as the launching ground for attacks on critics of Obamaâ€™s policy proposals. It springs from a recognition of what was lacking in the Clinton years, said Jennifer Palmieri, the senior vice president for communications at the Center for American Progress Action Fund, one of the groups hosting the call.
â€œ[CAP President John] Podestaâ€™s and my experience was in the White House during the Clinton years, and we didnâ€™t have a coordinated echo chamber on the outside backing us up,â€ she said. â€œThereâ€™s a real interest on the progressive side for groups to want to coordinate with each other and leverage each otherâ€™s work in a way I havenâ€™t ever seen before.â€
The call is hosted by Progressive Media, a project of the CAP Action Fund and the Media Matters Action Fund. The project began last year as a launching pad for attacks on John McCain, but failed to raise money for television advertisements, and served in the later days of the presidential campaign as a platform for disseminating opposition research critical of his policy plans. White House officials do not take part in the calls.
The calls are led by its top staffer, Tara McGuinness, who will also head Progressive Media’s “communications research and analysis war room” to wage spin and policy wars throughout the day, Palmieri said.
Instead of accepting information that Noah Kunin allegedly hacked into a computer to get, our lady Tara is now part of the left wing smear machine that attacks anyone that disagrees with President Obama or the progressive agenda.
Last night, Karl Rove picked up on this part of Smith’s story:
Though White House officials do not participate in the calls, Palmieri said, the new infrastructure is closely tied to the White House. Podesta directed Obamaâ€™s transition, and Americans United for Change exists largely to run ads promoting the White House agenda. Some on the left, however, remain skeptical of the White Houseâ€™s embrace.
Mr. Rove said that what caught his attention is the fact that “The Call” happens after a staff meeting in the White House. After dealing with the Clinton’s spin machine, veterans parse statements looking for deceptive statements. In this instance, what’s revealing is that Ms. Palmieri said that the White isn’t involved in the call, then says that “the new infrastructure is closely tied to the White House.”
That doesn’t eliminate the possibility of Podesta, Palmieri or our girl Tara talking with someone like Rahmm Emanuel prior to The Call. It just means that Emanuel doesn’t participate in The Call.
Here’s what these organizations do:
When a new group called Conservative for Patients Rights, for instance, launched an ad campaign featuring former health care executive Rick Scott, â€œThere was a discussion about what do we know about this guy and in a very quick period of time we were able to come up with his background,â€ she said. Scott, as progressive groups quickly informed reporters, had reportedly been forced to resign as head of the company became known as Columbia/HCA amid fraud charges, and the company eventually paid a massive settlement in the case.
It’s worth noticing that these organizations didn’t attack Mr. Scott’s plan. They just attacked him, which is a typical Clinton War Room tactic. The Clintonista’s lived by the rule that if you couldn’t attack the message, you’d attack the messenger.
Simply put, Ms. McGuinness, Ms. Palmieri and Mr. Podesta have totally bought into the Clintonista politics of personal destruction. If the Obama administration is coordinating their efforts with this organization, it’s because the Obama administration believes in the politics of persona destruction.
Considering the fact that Emanuel and President Obama are products of the Chicago machine, I don’t think it’s a stretch to think that type of coordination is happening.
The character of this sliming organization is apparent. McGuinness engaged in activities that got her fired from a high profile campaign position. That wasn’t enough to prevent her from getting a job with these smear merchants. Another example of their (lack of) character is how they attack the messenger, not the message. It’s the type of attack that I’d expect from Mr. Soros’ organization of hate.
Cross-posted at California Conservative