It was short-lived, but yet again a reminder that where there’s a will, there’s a way. Three protesters made it past security and into the RNC earlier, successfully interrupting Johnny Boy’s speech– albeit it briefly. (Man, first Palin’s speech and now McCain’s? No vetting for VPs OR audience members these days, I guess.)
Early into the speech, cameras caught oh-so-fleeting shots of a guy with a big ol’ black and white sign that read, “You can’t win an occupation” on one side and “McCain votes against vets” on the other. Ohhh snap. He appeared to be tucked away in a corner, but once the Repubs spotted him, they were “USA!” all the way. Chanting and actually causing more of a distraction than the protesters. Two other women were shown being removed from the auditorium sporting CodePink garb.
McCain just smiled and said, “My friends, my dear friends … please, please don’t be diverted by the crowd noise and the static (chuckle chuckle). I’m going to talk about it some more, but Americans want us to stop yelling at each other.” And how the crowd cheered.
Hmm… a successful protest? Points for us to ponder? Or a chance for McCain to show Americans that he can take a laugh and keep his cool? Either way, freedom of speech reigns.