The carefully choreographed image of the Obama administration was mugged today by a mob of hundreds of thousands (maybe more than a million) of tax payers that demonstrated a deep contempt for the ruling class in Washington. The size of the protests has been the subject of varying estimates but, looking at the pics Kim posted, it appears that a lot of people showed up.
Up to two million people marched to the U.S. Capitol today, carrying signs with slogans such as “Obamacare makes me sick” as they protested the president’s health care plan and what they say is out-of-control spending.
The line of protesters spread across Pennsylvania Avenue for blocks, all the way to the capitol, according to the Washington Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency.
People were chanting “enough, enough” and “We the People.” Others yelled “You lie, you lie!” and “Pelosi has to go,” referring to California congresswoman Nancy Pelosi.
Many protesters said they paid their own way to the event – an ethic they believe should be applied to the government. (emphasis mine)
As I mentioned yesterday, turnout for the 2010 elections will be dramtically different than the 2008 election. Candidate Obama will not be on the national ticket, but President Obama will and the last seven months have provided the electorate some much needed clarity on the difference between the two. Those protestors in Washington today understand that what they were sold last year year is not what the nation bought in November. There is a serious outbreak of buyer’s remorse at work in the elctorate. Can anyone say Rock the Vote?