The Letdown on K Street


Mild rain scared away most of the radical leftists who hoped to shut down K Street in Washington, D.C., on Monday. Who knew a little bit of precipitation could forestall the revolution!

That said, the scheduled “Showdown on K Street,” was quite a letdown.

The goal of the “action” –in organizing parlance— was to provide a show of force calculated to intimidate bank lobbyists and show support for sweeping anti-bank legislation pending in Congress.

The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) had billed the rally and march as a “taxpayers’” event that was supposed to bring out “[t]housands of taxpayers from across the country” in an effort to “quarantine” K Street.

It didn’t happen.

Leftist kook Rev. Lennox Yearwood of the Hip Hop Caucus showed up and claimed on Twitter that thousands of people attended. George Goehl, executive director of National People’s Action, an ACORN wannabe group, also grossly overestimated attendance.

I’d say hundreds would be more accurate.

Both the Washington Post and the left-wing George Soros-funded Washington Independent concur that turnout was a few hundred at most.

The turnout in McPherson Square (not too far from the White House) was so disappointing that there were crates of bottled water all over the square, untouched by the teeming masses that didn’t show up.

The “showdown” was part of a larger leftist campaign called Showdown in America.

The recent event in Manhattan was more successful. The anti-bank march on April 30 in New York City’s financial district was led by National People’s Action.

NPA executive director Goehl says he supports efforts to create “a more fair and just economy.” NPA takes credit for enacting the disastrous Community Reinvestment Act in the 1970s.

Marxist front group Americans for Financial Reform also participated in the K Street action. It is headed by executive director Heather Booth, an old hand at leftist astro-turfing operations. Booth is an Alinskyite who founded the Midwest Academy, a training institute for radical community organizers. “Alinsky is to community organizing as Freud is to psychoanalysis,” she has been quoted saying.

Booth has also been described as a “guiding force” for ACORN and was an avowed supporter of Bill Ayers’s Weather Underground terrorist group.

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