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The Letdown on K Street
Posted By Matthew Vadum On May 18, 2010 @ 3:01 pm In NewsReal Blog | No Comments
Mild rain scared away most of the radical leftists who hoped to shut down K Street in Washington, D.C., on Monday. Who knew a little bit of precipitation could forestall the revolution!
That said, the scheduled “Showdown on K Street,” was quite a letdown.
The goal of the “action” –in organizing parlance— was to provide a show of force calculated to intimidate bank lobbyists and show support for sweeping anti-bank legislation pending in Congress.
The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) had billed the rally and march as a “taxpayers’” event that was supposed to bring out “[t]housands of taxpayers from across the country” in an effort to “quarantine” K Street.
It didn’t happen.
Leftist kook Rev. Lennox Yearwood of the Hip Hop Caucus showed up and claimed on Twitter that thousands of people attended. George Goehl, executive director of National People’s Action, an ACORN wannabe group, also grossly overestimated attendance.
I’d say hundreds would be more accurate.
The turnout in McPherson Square (not too far from the White House) was so disappointing that there were crates of bottled water all over the square, untouched by the teeming masses that didn’t show up.
The “showdown” was part of a larger leftist campaign called Showdown in America.
The recent event in Manhattan was more successful. The anti-bank march on April 30 in New York City’s financial district was led by National People’s Action.
Marxist front group Americans for Financial Reform also participated in the K Street action. It is headed by executive director Heather Booth, an old hand at leftist astro-turfing operations. Booth is an Alinskyite who founded the Midwest Academy, a training institute for radical community organizers. “Alinsky is to community organizing as Freud is to psychoanalysis,” she has been quoted saying.
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