I’m mildly shocked to see the same pack of peace creeps that led the bedlam about the 2008 Republican National Convention in Saint Paul is leaping into action now that Minneapolis is on the short list for the 2012 Democratic National Convention:

About 20 protesters chanted and toted placards on Sunday near Target Field, hoping to send a message to the Democratic National Committee that it isn’t welcome to hold the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Minneapolis.

I’m amazed that the Strib didn’t jack the number up to 200, or 2,000; maybe there’s progress.  Or maybe it’s because it’s the Democrats they’re bagging on, this time.

By the way, I loved one of the comments to the story:

I had 6 adults on my deck last night.  And there were 8 kids in the pool. I guess we fell short of the 20 person mark for ongoing coverage. And we were so close!

Minneapolis is duking it out with Charlotte, Cleveland and St. Louis. 

There’s been no official confirmation, but protesters Dave Bicking and Janet Nye said their group has information indicating that DNC officials were in Minneapolis this weekend, checking out the city. So the protesters gathered Sunday on a small bridge leading to Target Field, chanting as Twins fans passed by, hoping to get their message through.

“They might not see us because they’re up in the fancy sky box, but they will certainly take notice that we’re here,” Bicking said.

Bicking, 59, and Nye, 63, both of Minneapolis, also protested planning of the 2008 Republican National Convention…

I can’t imagine that any sentient Tic staffer would put the convention here; Minnesota, barring a miracle, is probably still pretty safe Tic territory in 2012; the Dems are in much worse shape in Missouri and Ohio, and North Carolina is legitimately swing-y.

But on the off-chance that Minneapolis gets the nod, let me go on record to say something that not a single DFL politician or significant DFL-leaning blogger could bring themselves to say in 2008;  notwithstanding the fact that virtually all political violence in America today is inflicted by some shade of “The Left” or another, not to mention the fact that fewer Republican-sympatizing protesters have been arrested for violence at DNC conventions in the past six years than were standing across from Target Field yesterday, I call on all protesters planning to incite violence and threaten attendees of all political orientations to stay the hell out of Minneapolis, and furthermore hope that if you do come to this city and cause mayhem that you are all arrested and put into holding cells with very lonely lifers.

Just so we’re clear on that.

10 thoughts on “Coverage

  1. fewer Republican-sympatizing protesters have been arrested for violence at DNC conventions in the past six years than were standing across from Target Field yesterday

    There actually have been Republican-sympathizing protesters arrested at DNC conventions? I’ve never heard of one.

  2. 2004 DNC in NYC, there were (if memory serves) six Republicans arrested.

    As against several thousand lefties.

  3. Denver’s 08 DNC coronation of the Won was marked by lefty violence. If they get it here don’t expect comrade Rybak to do anything but cheerlead the uber left.

  4. Bicking is a Green Party candidate. No one, MPR included, has disclosed this.

  5. I was only able to find 2 separate bits of info talking about 2 arrests each (but both talk about different arrests) at the 2004 DNC convention:

    “One was told he was being arrested for having his face covered with a black scarf on convention grounds, and another was placed into custody for not cooperating with police after coming to the first protester’s defense. Both were placed in plastic handcuffs and escorted to a police van. ”

    “On Sunday, a man officials didn‘t identify was arrested on charges of being a disorderly person during an anti-war protest. Yesterday, police arrested 39-year-old Bernadette Horrigan of Winchendon, Massachusetts, and charged her with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, a car, after she failed to stop at a police check point, State Police Sergeant Paul Letsche said.”

    (The first man in the 2nd paragraph, from what I could tell, is Vijay Shah:

    With all the media attention focused on police abuses at NYC 2004 and St Paul 2008, you’d think any news about arresting violent Republican protesters would be easy to find. I couldn’t find anything.

  6. The DNC really should pick Cleveland.

    Oh, *Snap!*

    The Democrat autocracy has already rendered Cleveland a rusting wasteland…there’s nothing left to bust up!

    Perfect, stool!

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