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Thursday, March 1, 2007

Preaching to the Choir

posted by on March 1 at 17:22 PM

This report was filed by news intern Jonah Spangenthal-Lee, who’ll be filing another report after this afternoon’s hearing on state Sen. Eric Oemig’s Bush impeachment resolution.

At a afternoon’s rally in Olympia in support of state Sen. Eric Oemig’s impeachment resolution (which would, as Josh reported earlier, calls on Congress to “investigate the actions of President Bush and Vice President Cheney” and determine whether Bush should be impeached), the crowd was small but rowdy—a couple hundred people, a dog, and a 10-foot-tall puppet. Among the human protesters was a very excited Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson, who called Bush a “war criminal” and roused the overwhelmingly middle-aged, white, Patagonia-and-poncho-wearing crowd to join him in his chant of “no more Iraq war,” before invoking Nuremberg and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Nuremberg came up so many times during the protest I started to wish I was keeping score.

The wishful-thinking consensus on the capitol steps was that the Democrats’ lack of support for the freshman senator’s resolution will cost them votes later on.

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Also on the scene: The antiwar “Raging Grannies” (above). Draped in shawls and anti-war buttons, the Grannies are undoubtedly the oldest members of the crowd. (And I’m easily the youngest.) I asked the Grannies about the lack of young people in the crowd. “It’s a generational thing,” they said. Reportedly, conflicting obligations kept young political activists occupied and unable to come out in support of Senator Oemig’s bill. (However, a bus trip from Seattle to attend the demonstration and hearing was canceled at the last minute due to “lack of interest,” suggesting an alternative explanation.)

The hearing was pushed back an hour because of a scheduling conflict. At 4:00, there were too many observers to fill the small hearing room, and the rest of the crowd was sent to an overflow room nearby. No Republicans were in attendance, and no one signed up to speak in opposition to the resolution.

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Amusingly, the Times and PI are saying that noone showed up to protest - yet the hearing room was overflowing ... hmm, who would lie, the Red Bushies who hate America and want us to bleed money and blood in Iraq, or ...

Posted by Will in Seattle | March 1, 2007 6:14 PM
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"Reportedly, conflicting obligations kept young political activists occupied and unable to come out in support of Senator Oemig’s bill. (However, a bus trip from Seattle to attend the demonstration and hearing was canceled at the last minute due to “lack of interest,” suggesting an alternative explanation.)"

My god is that ever some shitty reasoning, ECB. If these activists were otherwise occupied with their conflicting obligations, then it stands to reason that they wouldn't be needing rides. There's no need for "However"s and "alternative explanation"s to reconcile these facts as they aren't mutually exclusive.

Posted by Hubel Weisel | March 1, 2007 8:06 PM
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The puppets. Always with the puppets.

Posted by Patrick McGrath | March 1, 2007 9:10 PM
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what i want to know is whether the people introducing legislation to call for bush's impeachment have tatoos and piercings.

Posted by wf | March 1, 2007 10:53 PM
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that photo is great

Posted by dork | March 2, 2007 10:02 AM
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Man I love the Raging Grannies.

Posted by Jake of 8bitjoystick.com | March 2, 2007 10:07 AM
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That photo demonstrates why Bush will never be impeached.

Posted by Fnarf | March 2, 2007 10:11 AM
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So I take it that every last one of the Utahans who voted for Kerry live in Salt Lake City.

I heart Rocky Anderson.

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