Several days ago Obama, in an unprecedented move threw the weight of the Administration behind the unions against the states. Calling out his astroturf group, Organizing for America to help mobilize unions in Wisconsin and other states, he accused Governor Scott Walker of “Assaulting” unions. This is apparently his idea of toning down the rhetoric.
As a follow up Rep. Mike Capuano (D-Ma.) told a rally, “I’m proud to be here with people who understand that it’s more than just sending an email to get you going. Every once and awhile you need to get out on the streets and get a little bloody when necessary.”
One result was that a rowdy group descended on the offices of Freedom Works for a demonstration in which Tabatha Hale, the Media Coordinator for FW was assaulted while filming:
This Administration has to learn, “If you lie down with dogs you will get fleas.”
Her account is here:
Basically, it’s ridiculous. I’m a 5’1 female in a dress, and he was standing up on a garden wall above me in the courtyard. He hardly felt threatened. I was stunned, because generally protesters are there to, you know, get their message out. They don’t normally shy away from the camera.
I’m very much okay, and very appreciative of the support from my fellow bloggers and activists today. I am, however, shaken up by the level of sheer hatred I experienced today. The look of fury on his face in the close up is appalling. I had not exchanged a word with him. He didn’t know who I was. He didn’t even know my name, what I do. He had probably surmised that I was with FreedomWorks and that was enough.
This just can’t be tolerated anymore. It’s one thing to be called a violent teabagger. It’s another to be called a violent teabagger while you’re being assaulted. They’ve been comparing themselves to the Egyptians ousting Mubarak. Looks like they’re not too far off, given that they share the tendency to assault women with cameras.
In addition, it’s disgusting to me that the first response I received from the Left was rationalization. “You were too close, respect personal space” and “well he obviously didn’t want to be filmed!” – essentially, it’s the “her skirt was too short” defense. No one deserves to be hit. The concern from a bystander was that “You’ll get on the news, stop it!” Unfortunately for him, he did not know who he was dealing with. I will ensure that this happens.