Politics Preaching to the Choir
posted by March 1 at 17:22 PMon
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.
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.