The breakdown of simple common decency in political debate is appalling. Regardless of your ideologies, terrorizing public officials families is WAY beyond the line. Of course to the asshats at National People’s Action (NPA) committing a few crimes in order to make your point is par for the course.
From the Washington Post:
Several hundred people stormed the small yard of President Bush’s chief political strategist, Karl Rove, yesterday afternoon, pounding on his windows, shoving signs at others and challenging Rove to talk to them about a bill that deals with educational opportunities for immigrants.
Protesters poured out of one school bus after another, piercing an otherwise quiet, peaceful Sunday in Rove’s Palisades neighborhood in Northwest, chanting, “Karl, Karl, come on out! See what the DREAM Act is all about!”
Rove obliged their first request and opened his door long enough to say, “Get off my property.”
The crowd then grew more aggressive, fanning around the three accessible sides of Rove’s house, tracking him through the many windows, waving signs that read “Say Yes to DREAM” and pounding on the glass. At one point, Rove rushed to a window, pointed a finger and yelled something inaudible.
Shortly thereafter, sirens shot through the neighborhood and Secret Service agents and D.C. police joined the crowd on the lawn. Rove opened his door long enough to talk to an officer, and the crowd serenaded them with a stanza of “America the Beautiful.”It will be interesting to see whether the “get Bush at all costs” crew of frothing liberals like Atrios will condem these tactics, but I think we all know that they’re will be nothing but plaudits for it. Last week they were praising Kerry union backers for attacking Bush supporters, so this type of terrorist tactic against public officials dovetails nicely with the ends justifies the means mentality.