This is Josh Marshall from 2005:
What the hell is Sen. Mary Landrieu (D) thinking? She's holding a townhall meeting on Social Security tomorrow in Baton Rouge, the same day President Bush is holding his Bamboozlepalooza event in Shreveport.
But Landrieu's event is open to the public, no tickets required. I'll bet her staff hasn't even put together a Landrieu-loyalty oath yet or done background checks on people who want to ask questions.
Back in 2005, George W. Bush intended to advance social security reform. The left was up in arms. They were sending droves of protestors to congressional townhalls to shout down members of Congress. Protests were held around the nation. The Teamsters, SEIU, and others fully mobilized their members to kill it. The "In This Together Campaign" organized anti-reform townhalls, then attacked members of Congress for not showing up at them. The same group sent participants into townhalls to cause problems, protest, and oppose reform efforts.
But that was back in 2005 when dissent was patriotic and the activists were funded by Hungarian billionaires.
In 2009, dissent is Nazism and protestors are not authentic since they show up on their own dime without subsidy. In Barack Obama's America, what's good for the goose is not good for the gander.