I absolutely LOVE unhinged rants like that, because it lets normal, mainstream residents of the Palouse see exactly what kind of people are opposing Wal-Mart.
Since Blackburn is a Dickens fan, she is no doubt familiar with another of his works; one which is much more applicable than "A Christmas Carol". The story begins thusly:
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness . . . it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair...Pullman's leadership and citizens have been wise and soon a spring of hope will lead to the best of times for the city.
If the newly-elected government of Moscow acts foolishly (as they probably will, as many of them share Blackburn's ideology) in this winter of despair, then I guarantee it will be the worst of times ahead for them.