(Digression) A Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy, very literally
While the [oil tycoon] Koch brothers -- each worth over $21.5 billion -- have certainly underwritten much of the right, their hidden coordination with other big business money has gone largely unnoticed. ThinkProgress has obtained a memo outlining the details of the last Koch gathering held in June of this year. The memo, [cached] along with an attendee list of about 210 people, shows the titans of industry — from health insurance companies, oil executives, Wall Street investors, and real estate tycoons -- working together with conservative journalists and Republican operatives to plan the 2010 election, as well as ongoing conservative efforts through 2012.On p. 3 of the memo:
In order to understand issues and develop strategies more effectively, the proceedings of this meeting are confidential. The meetings are closed to the public, including media. Please be mindful of the security and confidentiality of your meeting notes and materials, and do not post updates or information about the meeting on blogs, social media such as Facebook and Twitter, or in traditional media articles.If there's such a thing as a Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy, this is it.
Update 2010-10-22: More. (Also on Mindless Link Propagation.)
Another update 2010-10-22: There seems to be more coverage of this story outside the climate change blogosphere: Gawker also calls it a Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy; and Media Matters looks at the attendees working for the Washington Examiner news outlet. [cached: 1, 2]
Update 2010-10-31: Mother Jones links one of the attendees, Ray Thompson of Semitool, to the Tea Party private jet named "Patriot One".
Update 2011-01-28: Another scoop by Climate Progress.