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February 21, 2005
The New Face of Liberal Evil: Old People

As is being reported all over the place, a conservative group along the lines of the Swift Boat Veterans for Lying Out Our Asses has popped up to attack the AARP over their opposition to the Preznit's Social Security plan.

WASHINGTON, Feb. 20 - Taking its cues from the success of last year's Swift boat veterans' campaign in the presidential race, a conservative lobbying organization has hired some of the same consultants to orchestrate attacks on one of President Bush's toughest opponents in the battle to overhaul Social Security.

The lobbying group, USA Next, which has poured millions of dollars into Republican policy battles, now says it plans to spend as much as $10 million on commercials and other tactics assailing AARP, the powerhouse lobby opposing the private investment accounts at the center of Mr. Bush's plan.

"They are the boulder in the middle of the highway to personal savings accounts," said Charlie Jarvis, president of USA Next and former deputy under secretary of the interior in the Reagan and first Bush administrations. "We will be the dynamite that removes them."

New York Times

They've already started throwing some banner ads around the conservative web that show that they certainly mean business with this smear campaign. The first one is already running on The American Spectator's site, and some clever bloggers dug up the other two by working out the file names.

USANext Ad 1
USANext Ad 2
USANext Ad 3

Nice, huh? The AARP, it would seem, is suddenly an anti-military, pro gay marriage, uber-liberal organization. They're featured with the Mount Rushmore of liberal evil (in conservative eyes) - The Clintons, Jesse Jackson and Ted Kennedy, and then featured in a poll with the ACLU, NAACP and NARAL, those America hating organizations that are always going on and on about freedom of speech, equal rights for blacks, and privacy for women.

Josh Marshall has more here and here.


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