Time to send in reinforcements?

In what I think is a superhuman effort in blogging, Ann Althouse has been braving hostile and violent conditions with her husband as they cover the Madison protest mob scene. 

She doesn't think the protesters are going to win:

And now we're into the third week of it. It's become a quagmire. I believe myself that... this protest is lost and it is not accomplishing anything as indicated by the extreme aggression in Madison yesterday....

In an earlier post, Althouse noted out that the protesters are exhausted, sleep deprived, and becoming more and more incoherent.

Someone needs to go around to everyone who is still there and check them for mental stability. Somebody needs to find the people who need to leave and don't know how to leave. If you are encouraging people to stay, to hang on and remain tough, you need to know that there are some truly sad people there who need to be told that they've done enough and must leave now.

It's not as if this is Woodstock. Three weeks of occupation in a state capitol is hardly comparable to three days in the country listening to music. There have already been acts of violence, but as tempers flare and people become more exhausted, it would not surprise me if the violence escalates, as it seems it already is.

Under the circumstances, I don't think it is helpful for Michigan's largest newspaper to be running Sunday puff pieces calculated to inspire more out-of-state activists to go to Madison. Especially when the "poster child" of the moment is never identified as the revolutionary Communist she is.

So I have a question.

If people are getting tired and it's a losing cause, do they really need more out-of-state activists, whether revolutionary Communists or not?

How is that helpful?

posted by Eric on 03.02.11 at 10:47 AM


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