Linkins was more generous than many other liberal commentators. MSNBC host Rachel Maddow nicknamed tea party protestors as "teabaggers," a name that caught on like wildfire, and a host of liberal commentators and politicians derided the protests as silly and pointless.
Andrew Langer, President for the Institute for Liberty, was responsible for shutting down a group of DC protest infiltrators that reminded him of the group "Billionares for Bush." Several individuals in formal wear came to the protests, walked to the edge of the stage, and tried to obstruct the view of the crowd by holding large signs. Langer's strategy for dealing with the infiltrators was to get them out in the open.
"I got up on stage and told them that they had really legitimized our event today, and that we weren't going to shut them down, though I did ask them that they not hold their signs up in front of people so other people can see," said Langer. "I killed them with kindness."
A little after 2pm, the police made everyone in attendance move to the side of the park after a package was thrown from the crowd. A police robot examined the package before the event was allowed to resume, but it still provided the incentive for the majority of protestors to make their way home.
Not Karyn Skaggs, who had come from Columbia, MD. She said she was still there because she was "frozen, and couldn't move."
"I think it's more than Obama," she said. "I think it's a runaway Congress passing bills they don't even need. I've sent letters to Congress about it, and I always get the form letter back. You can tell they don't even read my messages," she said.
Maybe they'll get the message this time.
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