During the past week the evidence of this has become impossible to brush off. The presence of paid agitators from the SEIU, ACORN and Organizing for America has been too blatant to ignore. Their identical t-shirts and identical signs are designed to intimidate, but they also reveal exactly who and what they are. This became even more difficult to ignore early this week when it was revealed that these groups are advertising for paid protesters on Craigslist all over the country. They aren't genuinely concerned about health care, they just want to get their $12 an hour for showing up.
Then there's the issue of the undercover shills. It's not enough to just send in a rent-a-mob. In several incidents Democrat operatives have been sent in undercover to ask softball questions or to stir up trouble and create negative photo-ops. This started with genuine constituents being excluded from meetings while bussed-in paid advocates had space reserved from them and it reached its height when Houston Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee was offered a leading softball question by a woman named Roxana Mayer who claimed to be a doctor from Lee's district, but turned out to be a paid activist for Organizing for America, not from Houston and not a doctor. I guess Lee needed all the help she could get since she was so unfamiliar with the legislation that the had to call a White House hotline in the middle of being asked a question to find out what was in it.
Finally, in the most bizarre incident, a protester who appeared at Senator Dingell's townhall carrying a poster depicting Obama as Hitler was spotted handing out literature supporting health care reform, with Dingell's staff later in the evening. It turned out that he was a Democrat activist and had gotten the poster from a group advocating single-payer health care which feels that the proposed legislation isn't radical enough.