However, the rest of the event went peacefully except for a number of arrests of those protesting the protesters - so we know that "pro-bill" folks made some trips to the pokey.
The Iron Bard says it was a tight squeeze there on the steps with the crowd chanting "kill the bill." The press from the crowd behind her was amazing, she said. John Voight was there, Mark Levin, made an appearance as well as some others. There were also many Republican Congressmen who came out to speak to the crowd.
They actually did get their walk up and down the halls, as promised. Mary Ellen Burke, Communications Manager with Americans for Prosperity called the number of people closer to 20,000, but said "I think it's hard to ignore 20,000 people who show up at your office door."
Rep. Jerry Connolly (D-VA) had 300 to 400 people show up at his office. George Burke, Connolly's assistant said Connolly spoke directly with folks and made staff members available to answer questions. Most folks were polite. Connolly has not yet made a decision on how he will vote.
White House Press Secretary, Robert Gibbs, called them "Rebels without a Cause." It would be wise for Gibbs Blob to remember that a British Army Surgeon in the French and Indian War, wrote the original tune "Yankee Doodle" to ridicule the New England forces. Despite becoming a widespread insult used by the British, the colonials took that song and used it as their own. And when Cornwallis surrendered at Yorktown, his accompanying music was played by the Americans - "Yankee Doodle Dandy."
I wonder what music will be playing when Gibbs and his ilk are thrown out of office.
It will become a kind of anthem for me.