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Anti-Bush street theater in NYC

February 19, 2004 3:37 PM

Karl Rove's appearance at a Bush/Cheney fundraiser yesterday raised $400,000, and provided a glimpse into what the 2004 Republican Convention will be like in September:

But while Mr. Rove was inside, more than 100 protesters were outside, standing behind blue police barricades chanting slogans, waving placards and offering a bit of street theater that confused the police.

At one point, as hundreds of guests with invitations waited to pass through velvet barriers to enter the club, a small group of men in bowler hats and women in gowns marched up, chanting, "Four more wars" and "Re-elect Rove."

As the group approached, a man who appeared to be a security agent of some type, was overheard whispering into a microphone: "We've got two groups. One for and one against."

Actually, it was two against. The person was confused by a group that calls itself Billionaires for Bush, a collection of activists who use satire to make a political point. Indeed, members of the Sierra Club, who were protesting on the other side of the street were also confused and began shouting at what they thought was a pro-Bush contingent.

"We want the truth and we want it now!" the Sierra protesters shouted.

The billionaires shouted back, "Buy your own president!"

It took a few minutes, but the police finally realized what was going on when they escorted the group behind the blue barricades as well. Still, the show was not over. A black town car pulled up and out stepped a man whom who the crowd assumed to be Mr. Rove. "There is Karl Rove," people shouted.

Reporters, photographers and television cameramen swarmed the man, but the police pushed them back. Another man lifted the velvet rope to let him enter. But the would-be Mr. Rove walked over to the crowd of protesters and began shaking hands, when finally, again, this was seen to be a joke. It was not Mr. Rove, but an actor playing the part.

Each of the groups has said it planned to stage similar events when the Republican National Convention comes to New York City from Aug. 30 through Sept. 2.

Fun, fun fun!

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alex tredrek:

Satire? Ah, well is see this election degenerating into a mudslinging contest. So, lets have a contest or show so to speak.

This is an idea inspired by Jeopardy Goes to Washington. Reporters and some politicos played and I thought it was damn fine!

Since the election in Florida has already been gaffed (canie for fixed)all the corporate donors and liberal supporters of Sen Kerry could take that money and send it to all the widows and orphans in Iraq. Same goes to the "winner of the most money" when they do the show. Yes, lets decide to trash the constitution and just have a "Presidential Edition of Jeopardy".

The contestants Johnnyyyyyyyy!!!!!!! - Dubya, John Kerry and Ralph Nader. To keep things proper, we could find a blue ribbon panel of experts to write the questions. Now, categories regarding alcoholism and pork rinds would have to be deleted. In addition, questions regarding gigilo's and ketchup questions would be banned. Since Ralph speaks fluent Arabic, questions regarding Lebanon Pines and Chevrolet Corvairs would also be banned. Also, a handicapping system would have to be brought in.

The game starts at zero for Kerry; -2500 for Ralph who afterall is just a aging but very intelligent spoiler. As to Dubya, the game should start at +2500 (florida factor) and the fact that he was unable to find Argentina on the globe a few years back (one of them thar terrorists who hate freedom and sandbagged him).

Add political commentary during commercial breaks and you have a ratings triumph. Also, we might get the President we need vs. the one we deserve.

Thu Jul 29 2004 5:08 PM

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