Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

So, the Right Hates Lauren Valle Because She's Against Big Corporations Running the Government?

Now-fired Rand Paul campaign worker Tim Proffitt wants an apology from the woman whose head he was forced to stomp yesterday. His point being, she's a professional activist. You know, just like ACORN, or the NAACP, or "Americans for Prosperity," or "FreedomWorks," or Congress. Other people's points being that Lauren Valle is an UNHINGED ATTACKER PAID ACTIVIST. (Calling her an attacker is an extreme distortion, of course, of what happened.) But it's actually fascinating that the agitated right is now going after this woman, because her line of work is… mounting opposition to corporate fat cats. I mean, isn't that at heart the Tea Party line? Except I guess when your Tea Party is funded by the Koch brothers. It's all very confusing, except when it isn't.

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Art Yucko (#1,321)

Always be the FIRST to act AGGRIEVED! That's the key.

brent_cox (#40)

When did men of a certain age start wearing sneakers all the time? I mean, I do, but I am of less than a certain age.

I point toward "walking shoes" (i.e., leather toned-down running shoes) that seemed to have arrived in the late 80s/early 90s. The why is that they're comfortable, I suppose. I wear my running shoes to run, and also go to Target.

Abe Sauer (#148)

Well, this is the problem with MoveOn isn't it? It's such a lightening rod for juicing up right-wing anger that its mere association with something that by all accounts should cost Paul 5 points at the polls will end up being meaningless to the middle-of-the-road voter.

"her line of work is… mounting opposition to corporate fat cats." Yes and no. Given what she was there to do, her actual job is exactly what happened to her here. She deserves a raise.

kneetoe (#1,881)

"All right guys, get out there and get them to stomp some heads!!!"

Abe Sauer (#148)

Well, seeing as she was there with the intention of getting next to Paul to take a photo taken with a sign criticizing him… MoveOn had to expect that, you know, he might not clear the crowd and put his arm around her, right?

kneetoe (#1,881)

Sounds like a good way to get your head stomped. And what do they do with such photos, but them on their website for all the people who agree with them to look at? "I was gonna vote for the other guy, but then I saw this photo . . . ."

Moff (#28)

It\'s pretty maddening, MoveOn is.

At the same time, if folks like Tim Proffitt really want less government and fewer corporate special interests running the show, they\'d be awfully well served to let activists and journalists, professional and amateur, do their thing unhindered. Marketplace of fucking ideas. If they love it so much, let it work. Not that complicated.

Or, you know, at minimum, restrain people without applying feet to their heads.

Moff (#28)

I mean, look at it from the perspective of not being a dipshit*: What would have happened if Valle had gotten near Paul? She'd have looked like a crazy lady in a wig with a sign too subtle (and, frankly, stupid) for nearly any TV viewer to understand. Rand Paul could've then proceeded to be all "I don't know what that was about!" It might have gotten 15 seconds of airtime, maybe, and then the story would be over.

But, you know, instead the thuggishness shines through. These people aren't righteously angry, even if they have things to be rightfully angry about. They're petulant brutes.

*Not anyone here; Tim Proffitt et al.


So basically, she deserved it, all activistin' that way.

kneetoe (#1,881)

@Butterscotch Stalin: Of course not, obviously no one deserves to be assaulted.

David Roth (#4,429)

They're just really worried about the deficit, obviously. No other reason why you'd throw a woman to the ground and head-stomp her.

Our political discourse might or might not be beyond saving, but I do think that MoveOn is kind of cooked at this point. It's strange to remember how vital and important they seemed back in the early part of the last decade. Now they're just clogging spam folders and producing embarrassing web-commercials that some poor hump candidate has to repudiate sight-unseen. It's sort of sad, actually — they were doing Tea Party type things eight or so years ago, but the time wasn't right and the signifiers (generally young people instead of goateed middle-aged caucasoid grumps in white sneaks) weren't right.

Jeff Barea (#4,298)

Smart man. At least in one comment.

Core-E just doesn't get it. The time for yelling "the right" like it's some monolithic Jabberwocky to scare the little liberal children to get to bed early is over.

Join the new paradigm. Or not.

The people who don't keep up with changing realities usually end up in a cabin mumbling to themselves about the good old days.

@kneetoe: Of course not, and yet,

"Given what she was there to do, her actual job is exactly what happened to her here."

"MoveOn had to expect that, you know, he might not clear the crowd and put his arm around her, right?"

Violence is now supposed to be an acceptable risk to public protest that didn't even take place?

Abe Sauer (#148)

MoveOn does a lot of good work. It's too bad that a lot of its other tactics suck all the attention away. What's worse about these tactics is that really really pointless and ineffective. As Moff correctly points out, the only people those kind of stunts convince are people already on your side. The voters who will decide this election, the small number of undecideds (many of them senior citizens), will never see the dun Republicorp thing.

@Stallion: re: "she deserved it": I can see you're familiar with the tea party because that's some exceptional tea party interpretation right there.

It's not that violence is "an acceptable risk to public protest." It's that public protest has taken the kind of form where this kind of thing absolutely MUST be at least remotely expected as a possibility by MoveOn. If by "acceptable" you mean that MoveOn knew something like this could happen by doing what they were trying to do, then I would say, yes, it appears to be an acceptable risk.

Niko Bellic (#1,312)

If I was a disappointed liberal who decided to sit these elections out (and I hear there are many a such), seeing these idiots so emboldened as to go and lynch a woman in full light of the TV cameras (even if it was her job to show me just that) would definitely make me get off my ass on Nov 2.

boyofdestiny (#1,243)

Liberal activists are the real racists. Or something.

HiredGoons (#603)

In all seriousness, there is nothing funny about head injuries.

Art Yucko (#1,321)

Knowing one of the best Oral-Maxillofacial Surgeons in town, and having seen a number of his cases, I second this like you can't believe.

brent_cox (#40)

I blame the Three Stooges for starting the whole funny head injury thing.

The wife worked for the Brain Injury Assoc. for a while. Ugh.

KarenUhOh (#19)

These Tea Partiers, these ersatz "patriots," are, in reality, it must be told, poseurs and pantywaists.

If they're truly alarmed by the plethora of militants prowling within our borders, they need to be pro-active!! SEEK THEM OUT and bring them to justice, AMERICAN JUSTICE, NOW, and by any means necessary!!! NOT WAIT, until they lunge at candidates with cardboard weapons! Where is the sense of duty?? OUTRAGE.

I'm sorry. I get very emotional about this. I'm also sorry I used a French word. And the name of an acne medication.

Is 'plethora' dirty?

dntsqzthchrmn (#2,893)

It is if you do it right.

Here's Profitt's accomplice feeding the ducky wuckies.

roboloki (#1,724)

i was afraid this patriot was not properly armed to feed ducks in the park at a picnic, but the previous picture shows he has a side arm as well. fucking ducks, you can't trust 'em.

SourCapote (#4,872)

i bet he just puts his gun on full auto and lets loose on the ducks And the children

johnpseudonym (#1,452)

I think Germany is still waiting for an apology from Poland, as well.

Niko Bellic (#1,312)

(moved this comment up where I wanted it to go)

Yes, using the phrase "she deserved it" puts me in the mindset of a Tea Partier, rather than somebody who sees ugly echoes of patriarchy in rationalizing an assault. And it is rationalizing.

Abe, I'm really curious what you find acceptable as a form of protest. In the comments of your first article on Target, you argued that a boycott would be effective, but when MoveOn endorsed one, suddenly it wasn't? If MoveOn is too confrontational, then what is your opinion of the tactics used by ACT UP?

MollyculeTheory (#4,519)

It would be really awkward if you were a certain type of organization supporting a candidate named Proffitt because then you'd have to say "We are a not-for-profit for Proffitt."

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