Anti-Administration Protestors Need Not Show Up
If their intent was to marginalize people who disagree with the attorney general, they certainly did that. The way they’re going about this indicates they’re on the defensive. When the attorney general essentially sneaks into town to address a select group of people, it doesn’t raise anybody’s confidence. – Democratic Sen. Russ Feingold on yesterdays visit to Milwaukee by attorney general John Ashcroft
As a lot of people recognize though, Ashcroft doesn’t want the general public to be able to know where he’ll be speaking. Having people protesting and holding up placards against the policies of this administration would shatter the illusion shown on the 10pm news that this creep has overwhelming public support.
As Sen. Feingold says, its a PR campaign, and there’s no better proof of that than making sure you’re speaking to a ‘receptive’ audience of supporters who are naturally going to applaud when Ashcroft (or Bush for that matter) so much as scratches his nose, just so they can show their undying support for the GOP.
I think the one thing we need less of in this country is less PR spin, and more access to our leaders, something this administration just doesn’t seem comfortable with, despite their “We’re just regular down home folks” bullshit.