Here’s how you could tell today’s pair of protests at the capitol apart.
Morning: “No more taxes!”
Afternoon: “Kids not cuts!”
Morning: The governor, whom a speaker called a liar. One sign said “Hi, I’m Chris and I Have a Spending Problem”
Afternoon: Tim Eyman, of whom Sen. Ed Murray said: “The American Revolution was about getting rid of a king. But somehow, Washington State ended up with King Tim.”
Morning: “We are not your credit card”
Afternoon: “We are the safety net”
Morning: “Obama and the czars create the Soviet States of America”
Afternoon: “Stop Big Oyster Co. from poisoning our fish, crab …” There was more on this one, but I couldn’t read the rest.
WHAT THEY CHEERED
Morning: When a speaker called them revolutionaries.
Afternoon: When a speaker called them revolutionaries.
WHAT THEY BOOED
Morning: Subsidizing the college tuition of illegal immigrants.
Afternoon: The story of a family worried about losing their health care.
WHEN THEY LAUGHED
Morning: Any mention of Teleprompters.
Afternoon: Any mention of teabaggers.
HOW THEY TWEAKED THE OTHER GUYS
Morning: By calling the afternoon rally “a counter-demonstration organized by the powers of state government and their supplicants.”
Afternoon: By saying the morning protesters “are giving tea a bad name.”