One thing I’ve noticed in covering protests is that you get a lot of hangers-on.
For example at almost every Boston protest you will get one guy who carries his US flag with corporate symbols replacing stripes, you will get a guy with a Palestinian flag. And if the tea party is anywhere nearby I guarantee you that the LaRouche democrats will be around, usually with their Obama Hitler posters, and of course there are the truthers.
Generally these guys are the crazy uncles of any movement they find themselves a parade and try to get noticed within it.
Which brings us to Michael Moore getting in FRONT of the crowd:
Liberal filmmaker Michael Moore urged Wisconsin residents Saturday to fight against Republican efforts to strip most public workers of their collective bargaining rights, telling thousands of protesters that “Madison is only the beginning.”
There has been story after story about Moore’s appearance, I submit it shows that the left is losing this fight.
Moore’s biggest fans are on the far left, not in the mainstream. If Moore is the story, if he is the man in front. That tells you the message isn’t working or playing, polls or no.
As I was writing this I noticed this at Althouse who apparently agrees:
I wonder if the teachers and other Wisconsin union members who got the protest started 3 weeks ago appreciate having Michael Moore absorb their issue — maintaining the quality of professional public employment in Wisconsin — into his larger anti-capitalist agenda for America.
This is a problem with extending the protests. The crowd changes, new infusions of energy come from outsiders who see a ready-made platform to climb up on. These old-school, left-wing attacks on corporations have little to do with the distinct problems of jobs in the public sector — where, management is the government of the state and its citzens.
If their big draw is Michael Moore that tells you something about what is going on.
Ride right through them, they’re demoralized as hell.