I'm a conservative, so I have no problem with anyone using their rights to enter the public discourse, and I'm not allergic to corporations. So I when I call the latest from Google "astroturf", I'm saying it purely to illustrate the hypocrisy of the left, because by their standard Google is becoming quite an installer of the fake grass roots.
I find it entirely unfair that the left gets to try to shout down our side while theirs goes entirely unnoticed. If we don't at least speak up, then the left's arguments might get some traction.
So let's watch carefully. Google has hired Frannie Wellings, the telecommuniations advisor to Senator Byron Dorgan, North Dakota Democrat. Sounds boring, but dig deeper. Dorgan was the author and sponsor of the Senate's Net Neutrality bill in 2007. Is Google buying access? That's what the left would say if the parties were reversed.
They'd especially say that when the job that Wellings is taking was just created. She is to be Google's "federal policy outreach manager." In other words, she's going to run Google's lobbying operations in Washington. Which means either she or people accountable to her are going to be going right back into Dorgan's office.
Further, before taking the job with Dorgan, Wellings worked at... yup, Free Press, the special interest group that founded and runs Save the Internet.
What a coincidence it is that Google, Save the Internet, and a Democrat Politican are linked like this! Free Press and Google must justify this if they are to continue their shameless attacks on our side, instead of arguing with facts and logic about the benefits and disadvantages of their goal: aggressive regulation of the Internet, centered on an FCC picking winners and losers in private network policy disputes.