Heroic action by Rep. Brett Hulsey saves the day, and possibly Sen. Grothman’s life. What would have happened if Hulsey hadn’t been wearing that union T-shirt? Would enough people in the crowd have recognized him by sight for him to still have turned them back?
Via AllahP at Hot Air, who has more.
UPDATE 2: Althouse worries about the effect of sleep deprivation on the protesters.
UPDATE 3: Hoft.
UPDATE 4: Badger 14.
UPDATE 6: The Memeorandum thread.
UPDATE 7: From my own comments, here–this is important:
I’ve been to a number of Tea Party events, including the rally at the Capitol the weekend that ObamaCare passed, and there was never any need for a chant of “Peaceful! Peaceful!” Tea Partiers don’t get violent. They don’t surround and harrass people. Those congressman that got booed walking to the Capitol building got booed, not surrounded.
I personally witnessed Barney Frank, alone, walking down the sidewalk outside one of the congressional office buildings and there was no one within three feet of him. There were lots of people within six feet of him booing him and criticizing him and asking him how the Democrats could twist the system like they were doing to pass the bill, but not one person approached him physically. He continued on his merry way down the sidewalk between the protesters without the least bit of physical harrassment.
When you have to chant “Peaceful! Peaceful!” to control your behavior it means you’ve already lost and shown your true colors.
UPDATE 8: The Anchoress also compares and contrasts this near-riot with the healthcare protests discussed above, and reminds us about some of the other things the Democrats tried to do to provoke a response from tea partiers near the Capitol, to no avail.
If I were on the other side, I would genuinely consider this a near miss. I’d be worried.
UPDATE 9: Moe Lane has an important point to make.