Monday, March 22, 2010

Teabaggers vs. Immigration Reform Mimes

Marc Ambinder's earlier post that inherent nativism among teabaggers being a liability is hard to disagree with, but I don't think he ever thought it would lead to violence against female mimes:
Yesterday, approximately 200,000 people gathered at the National Mall to show their support of comprehensive immigration reform. Roy Beck, director of the immigration restrictionist group, NumbersUSA, decided to add himself to the mix and report on the event via a live stream that was available on the group’s website. According to Anne Manetas of NumbersUSA, a group of female mimes threatened Beck and his bodyguards with “constant efforts at crushing physical intimidation” instigated by “blowing hateful whistles” and waving balloons.
One has to admit: this is a pretty hilarious rock and hard place to be caught between. On the one hand, you got the possible assault of a pair of female mime, which never sounds good no matter how you spin it. On the other hand, you've got someone who was apparently so threatened by female mimes that they felt the need to resort to self defense, which sounds equally ridiculous.

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