Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Interesting little item from the Iowa State Daily -- the official student newspaper of Iowa State University: According to a report in the online version of the publication, several people in the audience for John McCain's RNC-sponsored campaign rally at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls last Sunday were escorted out of the building before the event even began. The reason appears to be simply that they fit some generic description of potential troublemakers -- in other words, they were of college age and, I'd assume, didn't smell like stale Coors light and chewing tobacco and weren't chanting "USA! USA!" every couple of minutes.
What makes this interesting is that, if you believe the report, a few of those arbitrarily ejected by police at the request of the McCain camp were in fact McCain supporters (although perhaps not anymore) and are now demanding to know why they were forced to leave the rally when it hadn't even started and they hadn't done a damn thing wrong.
They're essentially saying that they were profiled by the McCain people.
That's one possibility.
Another is that John McCain just wanted those kids to get the hell off his lawn and didn't care whose kids they were.
Iowa State Daily: Audience Members Removed at McCain Rally in Cedar Falls/10.28.08
(Thanks to alert reader Michael Yeager for the tip.)