The crowd is comprised mostly of right-wingers pissed off/frightened about Obama's plans for healthcare reform. In other words, we're dealing with pro-status quo rabble here (read: non-hippies), so don't expect the state to crackdown on them to the extent it typically does with Leftist demonstrations. [Cue RNC flashback]
Hilariously, at least two B- and C-list Hollywood types are down with the cause. Politico has the details:
Conservative leaders like Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council showed up, along with celebrity conservatives Jon Voight and John Ratzenberger have also joined the protesters.
Voight invoked Rev. Jeremiah Wright in his speech, saying "the lies and deception are blatant... Maybe it was the 20 years of sub-conscious programming by Rev Wright to damn America."
They arrived as early as 8:30 a.m., by bus, car and plane -- from Bluffton, S.C., Des Moines and Dorris, Calif. -- to rally with conservative lawmakers and possibly roam the halls of Congress. Dozens of Republican lawmakers gathered shortly after noon to offer a prayer, say the Pledge of Allegiance and rally the crowd.
Bachmann has always been something of a spotlight-courting publicity hound, so there's no need to rehash the niceties of the inflammatory--and oftentimes untrue--statements that've spouted from her lipstick-caked lips in months past. That said, now's probably a good time to quantify just how brazenly full of shit Minnesota's Sixth District representative really is. The St. Petersburg Times's politifact.com, for instance, analyzes congressmen's public statement and rates them on their verisimilitude using six designations (True, Mostly True, Half True, Barely True, False, Pants on Fire). Bachmann scored three False statements, and four in the Pants on Fire category. See details here.
Bachmann is looking to make good on her promise to lead protesters into the halls of the Capitol Building. Whether or not you agree with these allegedly grassroots activists, there's something to be said about such a robust protest. But we can't help but wonder: can anyone honestly imagine anti-war demonstrators being granted this kind of latitude?