Contrast and compare: Tax Day Tea Party in San Francisco (!) vs. “US Uncut”

Zombie has a great photo-reportage up comparing and contrasting two demos in San Francisco (of all places): A sizable, enthusiastic Tea Party rally (in just about the least likely/friendly place for it) and an event by US Uncut that drew a whopping… 45 people and was clearly astroturfed.(Still a succcess compared with the joint event with the “Coffee Party” elsewhere, which drew 20 people.)

Get thee over there. I cannot do the essay justice by selective quoting.

The Tea Party rally was attended by one offensive troll which was clearly identified by “Infiltrator” signs. Guess who was interviewed by the OTMSM media scribbler in attendance?

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Coffee Party: Strange Brew

Fenway Nation puts it best: “Astroturf Yields Weak Coffee Crop. Dozens Turn Out Nationwide For ‘Successful’ Coffee Parties”. Read the whole thing.

Insty has more:

UPDATE: Dan Riehl has more on the far-left connections of, well, just about every “coffee party” organizer here and here. As a “grassroots” “nonpartisan” movement this doesn’t even pass the laugh test.

Coffee Party: LeftCoastRebel doing the digging CNN won’t do

LeftCoastRebel has been doing the digging CNN can’t/won’t do on the weak-tea ‘Coffee Party’, and within an hour of Googling found all sorts of stuff. File ‘coffee party’ under: ‘astroturf’, ‘Soros’,… More here, here, and (heh) here.

UPDATE: In St. Louis, a Tea Party event expecting 600 people saw over 2,000 show up. The competing Coffee Party event saw… 30 people. Including people already at the restaurant and Tea Party infiltrators, GatewayPundit wonders?

UPDATE 2: Search for hashtag “#coffeepartyrules” on Twitter. Bwaahaahaa!

Weak tea and real astroturf from “Coffee Party”

[Catchup post after very long plane trip for work.] Hot Air describes the soft-focus fluff reporting by the legacy media (particularly the NYT) on a new “Coffee Party” billing itself as a ‘regressiveprogressive’ answer to the Tea Party movement. An Instapundit reader points out that the lead organizer of this weak tea, in fact, bills herself on her LinkedIn profile as a former “strategy analyst” for the… NYT. The profile has meanwhile gone down the memory hole but a screenshot was cached here:

Dan Riehl details this woman’s prior activity in the “Nutroots”. Confederate Yankee talks of false flag recruiting: “A possibly fake Tea Party candidate may be looking to help Harry Reid, and a blatantly Astroturfed ‘Coffee Party’ gets a smattering of attention.”  Tom Maguire and William Jacobson. “It is very clear from Park’s background, and her own Tweets, that the Coffee Party simply is part of the perpetual Obama campaign, a means by which to subvert the real grassroots Tea Party movement by co-opting part of the message, but in a way which supports keeping Obama in power.” From the comments there: “This strikes me as little more than a construct to enable the media to have a Tea Party counterweight.”