Our own AndersonScooper took his video camera to the “tea party” in Hartford on July 4th. Peter Schiff was also there, and spoke to the crowd. Usually this would be a good candidate for a Sunday Speak Out piece, but this one didn’t quite make it in time for last Sunday’s deadline.
AndersonScooper offers this commentary. As always, his opinions are his own! –GC
Since it was a public event, I showed up at the State Capitol on July 4th to see what Connecticut’s Tea Partiers were up to. And oh yes, Peter Schiff and Matt Daly, (the FIC guy supposedly running against Courtney), were both scheduled to appear.
I’d like to say I was disappointed by the crowd, the pageantry, and the message. But actually it was very impressive. Well over 500 people in attendance, and a diverse spectrum of anti-government political views, even if everyone was white. (well, except for one Asian dude.)
Matt Daly never showed. That didn’t matter. The best part was getting to meet Peter Schiff, who like Alan Schlesinger, turns out to be an exceedingly likeable guy, although Schiff’s extreme views about Social Security, the American economy, and the Fed deserve a great deal more attention, were he ever to get any traction.
Anyway, sometimes the video just speaks for itself:
Note to the community: I have the raw footage if anyone doesn’t like my edit. I tried my best to keep it entertaining. And the montage had to come in under YouTube’s ten minute time limit
Also, everyone should check out DumpDodd blogger PalinSmith’s video of Rob Simmons’ appearance at the Norwich Tea Party. Simmons Sizzles in Norwich July 4, 2009. Rob Simmons proudly demonstrates that he won’t easily be out-C-R-A-Z-Y’ed.
Interesting footage of these events, which largely went uncovered by local media.