Home, 20 hrs after leaving. Exhausted, voice ragged, but an amazing experience! Estimated 50K people there. Not bad for [~] 2 days notice. The anger was palpable. Met many Reps. Got interviewed by Jonathan Cohen at New Republic (that should be an interesting article to read). Got interviewed by Rep John Culberson (TX 7) for his web cast.
Best part? We walked upon some network (don't know which one) interviewing Jan Schakowsky and heard her telling the camera that "there is no funding for abortion in this bill".... After the lights went out on the camera I called her a liar and she came over to where 4 of us were standing (lights on cameras came back up and they started filming again at this point) and I kind of got in her face about it. She is shorter than me and I was literally looking down at her. I told her that we know what's in it and that 73% of the people want them to scrap the effort altogether or start over that they needed to start listening to us.
She rolled her eyes and walked into the Ways and Means Committee room and the Capitol Police requested that we move along.
btw - We were across the street from where the CBC folks walked when they said they were called the "N" word.... There were probably 10K people in that area lining the streets and in front of the Congressional Office Building because that was the entrance Obama was supposed to have used. We boo'd them, we were shouting "Kill The Bill"..... If they heard any "N" words it was "No" or "November". Raucous? Yep. Rude? Maybe. Racist? Not even close. They got the same treatment every CongressCritter that walked through there did. Although the "No" voters were walking along talking, shaking hands, and thanking us for being there.
Thanks for going! Thanks for the report!
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