The era of good feeling about the Twin Cities and the visiting Republicans is over.
The Connecticut State Republican Party blog posted this message this afternoon:
83 year old Fred Biebel, the Chairman emeritus of the Connecticut Republican Party, was hit with a small amount of bleach and water as the CTGOP delegation attempted to enter the GOP Convention in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Biebel said that it wasn't the worst he's seen - saying 1968 was worse. After the altercation, he experienced shortness of breath and seemed to lose his color in the face. EMTs on the scene reviewed his condition and eventually allowed him to enter the Convention with the use of a wheelchair.
The Daily Show evaluates the St. Paul cops vs. the "anarchists" and casts its lot with the latter:
As it turns out, just a little while earlier in the day, a group of about 9,000 anti-war protesters had decided to follow in the footsteps of other great change-makers like Martin Luther King, Jr. and Mahatma Gandhi by going ape**** retarded crazy and busting the **** out of a bunch of police vehicles (as well as the officers who drive them).
But I have a feeling that their message was well-heard by all the innocent Republican delegates who have absolutely no power whatsoever to remove troops from Iraq. I expect those troops to be re-deployed anytime now.
Anarchy only makes the Republicans stronger. I would have liked to have been a peaceful protester this week. I want no part of their lawlessness. If we have to live within the rules, we can redefine them as necessary, but that takes creativity, intelligence, thoughtfulness. Bashing in windows, or throwing stuff does not take much thought or courage.
checked back later ...
here it is:
because RNC is so much more interesting than finishing the project in front of me due in about 45 minutes.