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Remember when Hillary first denounced the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy against the Clinton administration? They are still denying it at their central offices and outlets, no matter how many books were published about its working.

Not so with its correspondent on the left, created to push Obama at the expense of more progressive candidates.

They are so proud of it, they are now advertising it

The new left-wing conspiracy

The point of pride being that they are being coordinated directly from the White House.

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 “8:45 A.M. call,” as it’s referred to by members, began three weeks ago, and it marks a new level in coordination by the White House’s allies

Of course, by definition, conspiracies are secret. But, let’s face it, everyone has figured out the workings of VRWC eventually. But they still went through the motions of denying its existence (and labeling those exposing them – crazy)

The NLWC however dropped any pretenses of secrecy already. What good is power if you cannot boast about it?

It’s not as if there can be anything wrong with what they are doing – after all, it comes from the White House – and that is The One – which cleans all sins.

Besides, they just want to fare better than Clinton

Jennifer Palmieri, the senior vice president for communications at the Center for American Progress Action Fund, one of the groups hosting the call.

“[CAP President John] Podesta’s and my experience was in the White House during the Clinton years, and we didn’t have a coordinated echo chamber on the outside backing us up,” she said.

Echo chamber? This is now a good thing. Got to remember that one. I remember that there was an echo chamber during Clinton’s years. It just was funded and orchestrated by the opposition, not he White House.

The 8:45 call in the morning boasts the war against Rush Limbaugh

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 Obama’s policy proposals

And just so you know, while the white House is named in the beginning of the article, there’s a tiny disclaimer at the end

Though White House officials do not participate in the calls, Palmieri said, the new infrastructure is closely tied to the White House. Podesta directed Obama’s transition, and Americans United for Change exists largely to run ads promoting the White House agenda.

So, there. As for the B0bots? They found some who are a bit reluctant to be the official propagandists

“When something works for us we’ll pick up on it anyway, like the Rush Limbaugh story — we don’t need to be told,” said Jane Hamsher, the creator of the liberal blog Firedoglake. “I think we serve everyone better if we maintain our independence and preserve our ability to pick up on popular sentiment like that, rather than just bang on the same drum everyone else is.”

In other words, judging by the Limbaugh example, they want to get to pick and choose which items of propaganda to push.

How noble!

Hey, I am old enough to remember a time when I was a part of that blogosphere and we used to call ourselves “the reality based community”. No 8:45 calls to tell us what to write about. Just the facts. Of course, I was considering myself an activist. There was no government power using me to crush the opposition. Just my beliefs.

I am still doing that. No conspiracy here – although, ironically, I do think of myself as the real left.

Not Your Sweetie

March 2009