From: A friend
When you and/or your personal foundations decided to bankroll the uber-socialists at Free Press to lobby for Net neutrality, it probably sounded like a good idea at the time. After all, “The One” had made a campaign stop at Google headquarters in 2007 and declared that no one was more committed to neutrality regulation than he was.
So you probably figured that you’d send Free Press some large checks and then bask in your own virtuousness. That’s pretty much your strategy for every other issue so why not Net neutrality?
But you know what they say about the “best laid plans of mice and men”….
Over the summer, the economy sputtered, unemployment loomed larger, and Barry’s poll numbers headed south. Even the Administration’s hand-picked regulators began to understand the downsides of regulating the Internet. They heard from economists warning about a “devastating” impact on jobs and investment. They heard from civil rights groups complaining that Net neutrality would hike the cost of monthly Internet access fees.
Especially important, they heard from unions about Net neutrality’s threats to union employment. (Unions tend not to like this.)
Now your problem: Even as the Administration appears inclined to inch away from Net neutrality, your sock puppets at Free Press are increasingly acting like rodeo clowns on the issue. They’ve turned on Barry’s hand-picked officials with a vengeance, for example calling the FCC chairman a “toothless bureaucrat.” Yesterday, they paraded in front of the FCC, handing out waffles to political appointees.
In short, with the White House desperately trying to move the political debate into more friendly territory to avoid an Election Day tsunami, Free Press is dragging them back to an issue that splits the Democratic base and angers some of the Party’s most crucial base voters.
Happy with yourselves? No question but you’ve outsmarted yourselves on this one. Like Dr. Frankenstein’s monster, Free Press has gone off on its own, oblivious to common sense and the Dems’ political needs.
Barry’s White House team is furious over this. Coming from the Chicago School of Politics, they tend not to be very forgiving types. So you might want to practice your explanations when you get the call from Rahm or Axelrod.
Meanwhile, in what’s probably the most depressing news of all for you, Karl Rove is sitting at his desk watching this play out and thinking to himself, “Ho, ho, ho.”