As far as I know, there’s not been any physical violence at the Wisconsin rallies.
There’s been a lot of speculation about the stupidity of the doctors in Madison who were handing out bogus medical excuses for protesters. It comes down to their wearing Madison goggles. When you live there, you’re surrounded by fellow bien-pensants so continuously that you lose all perspective.
The camera phone has changed all that.
UPDATE: Van Jones weighs in.
Now, here’s the thing. That goon was there as a member of the Communications Workers of America union to protest the “budget repair” legislation proposed in Wisconsin by Governor Scott Walker. However, the CWA is a private union, not a public sector union that would be affected by the bill and today’s protest was at the FreedomWorks HQ in Washington, DC, nowhere near Governor Walker or Wisconsin.
So why were they there? It’s not like they could influence Governor Walker’s decision, nor the decision of any Wisconsin legislator. Their presence wouldn’t change a single poll number in a state hundreds of miles away.
But there was a reason they were there, and it’s as nasty and un-American as you can imagine. FreedomWorks, as you may know, has been heavily involved in helping Tea Parties get off the ground all over the country. As a result, its employees have been the frequent target of attack by the left. Though it was not directly involved in this past weekend’s counter-demonstration beyond this post on the group’s web site, apparently someone powerful on the left felt it was, and so they sent their doltish minions to intimidate FreedomWorks’ employees.