Tea Party Patriots — the right-wing organizers controlled by FreedomWorks — sent an urgent call to action today, asking supporters to come to Washington December 15th to “storm Senate offices” in order to “play out the role of patients waiting for treatment in government controlled medical facilities.” The e-mail says organizers plan to “stay there until they force us to leave,” and incites supporters to “flex our muscle” and “hold the line in our fight against the government takeover of health care”:
It is time, once again, to flex our muscle and exert that influence to hold the line in our fight against the government takeover of healthcare. The Senate is busy working on the details of a government run health care bill and they would like to pass it as quickly as possible. Some of them are under the false impression that we’ve given up and gone away just because they haven’t heard much from us in the past few days. [...]
So here’s the plan… We call this plan “Government Waiting Rooms”. The intention is to go inside the Senate offices and hallways, and play out the role of patients waiting for treatment in government controlled medical facilities. As the day goes on some of us will pretend to die from our untreated illnesses and collapse on the floor. Many of us plan to stay there until they force us to leave.
The Washington Post reports today that FreedomWorks will launch a “reorganized PAC,” drawing on its 500,000 registered members to influence electoral politics, and President Matt Kibbe said his organization plans to build a “grass roots machine” to make President Obama’s campaign network “look obsolete.” Other Tea Party Activists are beginning to form PACs as well, and a recent Rasmussen poll shows a hypothetical Tea Party to be more popular than the GOP.