Remember all those stories we read in those dark days that dominated the first decade of this century about how the president and his evil minions were seeking to silence dissent?
And in recent years, remember all those images of Tea Party protesters trying to block access to or invade liberal confabs? Remember how Tea Party protesters used to crash events held by prominent left-wing politicos and interrupted their speeches?
And now, we’ve got the #OWS folks tearing a page from the Tea Party playbook (a playbook written not by actual Tea Party players, but their critics). Not only are they taking over public parks, depriving citizens of these public spaces for relaxation and recreation, they’re also invading conservative conclaves uninvited, as per this video to which Bruce alerted me:
Ed Morrissey who is at the FreedomWorks BlogCon 2011 (in Denver) where the invasion took place reports:
The clash erupted before I had a chance to get too close to the Occupiers themselves. They were briefly in sight, but got swallowed up by the BlogCon attendees. Frankly, the BlogCon response overwhelmed whatever the protesters tried to say — with chants of “Mike check!” and “We paid for your student loans!”, among others, the Occupiers got roundly shouted down. At one point, the entire BlogCon contingent in the lobby started chanting, “We want the dog!”, a reference to the elected leader of Occupy Denver — a pooch named Shelby.
Jason Pye who was also there and has more footage, laments that the invaders “were turned away; but not before engaging some of us. Unfortunately, they didn’t bring their leader with them (looks like the $10 I spent on dog treats went to waste).” Maybe you could send those treats to Bruce; I’m sure Saxbe and Marley would greatly appreciate them.
Wonder if Barney Frank and his Democratic colleagues will be doing more to “differentiate themselves” from the juvenile antics of these participants in a movement backed by the Democratic president.
UPDATE: James Taranto finds a “disconnect between the liberal media’s cheerleading and Obamavilles’ descent into disease, disorder and destruction is as striking as was the disconnect between the media’s slanders against the Tea Party and that movement’s actual peaceful and civic-minded nature.” No kidding.