Agreed, Jay, that is an

Agreed, Jay, that is an interesting facet of this. Here in DC, so far things have been civil -- but that might be due to DC cops being used to large protests happening on a regular basis. The unusual element, of course, is the longevity of the protesters' stay. But even that has been handled well -- they've been relegated a small park, which they seem to have organized fairly well. The surrounding businesses suffer, of course, from an influx of unwashed fuzzies overwhelming their public facilities, as have (ironically) the city's homeless population, which was unceremoniously kicked out of what had been a traditional gathering place.

More telling to see the crackdown in places like New York, San Francisco, Oakland and most particularly Davis (commonly known among area cognoscenti as "The People's Republic of Davis.") Having lived in or near all of those places, I'm comfortable pointing out that this development should not be a surprise. The so-called liberal left is only showing its true colors. The idea of protest and mass demonstrations is thrilling and commendable. But when such protests actually impinge their chauffered commute to their Sierra Club board meeting or slow down their wait for a Starbucks latte, or when protesters are actually making a mess and causing damage (especially in liberal blue-blood bastions such as San Francisco), then these low-wattage lefties all too quickly abandon their principles for the sake of personal and civic serenity.

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