As the Save the American Dream demonstrators gathered for the noon rally yesterday, at the corner of Capital Avenue and Trinity Street, a group of Tea Party supporters set up with the capital building behind them. About fifteen minutes into the main rally, there were eight of them. Toward the end of the main rally it looked as though their ranks had swelled to eleven. When I approached around 12:18 PM, they seemed relieved that at least someone wanted to take their picture. "They're the rich ones, you know," they told me. "We had to make our own signs. We had to buy our own gas to get here."
That was interesting. It's been reported that many of the Tea Party supporters in Madison, WI (who are outnumbered 30:1 to 50:1 by the pro-union demonstrators) arrive on buses supplied by the Koch-funded astroturf group Americans for Prosperity. It seems this has been spun—perhaps "projected" would be a better word—to a belief that the pro-union people are outside agitators. Just as a matter of observation, I saw no sign of buses anywhere around the Capital, and the hundreds of solidarity demonstrators arrived by the handful. I didn't see a single busload size, or even van size, contingent come marching in. With, call it ten, Tea Party demonstrators on hand, that would again make the ratio in favor of the Save the American Dream group 30:1 or 50:1 here in Connecticut, too.