An email flies out saying, ‘Demonstration at the airport,’ and a thousand Democratic activists head for the airport – or to a Women’s March, Gay Pride Demonstration, Moral Monday Protest, Earth Day March or Immigration Protest.
So are these protests political steel? Or, like Keg Parties and Beer Blasts, simply an occasion for activists to come together, share a little fellowship, and have a good time?
A protester would argue: The Moral Monday protests elected Roy Cooper. But can anyone recall seeing Roy Cooper at a protest? For two years, Reverend William Barber led protests to defeat Republican legislators and, when he was done, Republicans elected overwhelming majorities to both the State House and Senate.
Demonstrations: Do the activists represent a grassroots tidal wave…that will elect Democrats?
Or are they (unwittingly) building a boomerang?