This is a GREAT comment. They always say you KNOW you're over target when the anti-aircraft defenses come!
Yes, this is TEXTBOOK Establishment behavior. Direct engagement NEVER succeeds for them. EVER. So to avoid being exposed, Establishment folk (as I've noted below) will smear or discredit the character or intentions of their target, in attempt to weaken their points. Nothing unusual - basic Alinsky stuff. Sometimes the propagandist will attempt to PREEMPT my comments by "warning" the flock to "pay no attention" - a transparently desperate move.
By contrast, I ENCOURAGE people to engage. I am Winston Smith today. I will be Winston Smith tomorrow. I will never "resurface" as ANYTHING BUT Winston Smith. If Winston Smith is booted, so be it.
Brother Winston Smith
The r3VOLution is NOT republiCAN.