During my long walk on the deserted Spiaggia Cava del Isola this morning I had a vision: A literally perfect protest that causes a news media firestorm.
I can still see it: President Bush is giving his State of the Union speech before a joint session of congress, still another stuttering stream of mischaracterizations and lies. Like how swell things are going in Iraq. How he intends to do “anything” to protect the people of the US, like, uh…ordering secret wiretaps on citizens, even though it means subverting the separation of powers, judicial review, and congressional oversight.
In the middle of this manic blather, all the Democrats just stand up and quietly leave the chamber!
This mass exodus stuns the Republican fascists. What an outrage! On live TV the heads of the “fair and balanced” presenters on Fox News explode. Cut to Pat Robertson calling upon God to smite all those Democrat traitors.
Bush sputters, and blinks a few times, but then resumes his speech as if nothing has happened. Terrists. Nine eleven. Nine eleven. You gotta understand, folks, that we’re at WAR! Nine eleven. Nine eleven. Remember? We gotta stop all those terrists in Iraq who attacked us on nine eleven. Some people say that before nine eleven we shoulda connected the dots. Well, I’m here to tell you that I’m connectin’ the dots! And I won’t quit until I’m through. It ain’t over until it’s over. But it will take a while. See, this war is different! It’ll last forever! But we’ll stay the course until we get VICTORY!
Ah, well. This principled Democratic protest isn’t going to happen. But I can dream, can’t I?