Portland, OR Retains “Little Beirut” Title

As I mentioned before, George Herbert Walker Bush once called Portland, OR “Little Beirut” because of protesters he observed when visiting this city. His son has encountered similar behavior when he has come by. I remember seeing the displays when I used to live downtown. Now I live far, far away from downtown Portland and I'm glad.

Last night Howard Dean and Richard Perle debated at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. Just after the former Pentagon adviser began his comments, a man named Bruce C. Charles threw a show at him and yelled “Liar! Liar!”

This sure is the kind of activity for which I like Portland to be famous.

Howard Dean was well-liked in the Portland area and folks around here were unhappy that Kerry won the nomination (although I saw my share of Kucinich stickers, if you are looking for someone even more radical). The sheer snarkiness of the louder (converted from Dean, to be sure) Kerry/Edwards supporters here drowns out most hope of reasonable public discourse.

Update: Our latest protestor has drawn the attention of Drudge and Paul at Wizbang.

For those of you still clinging to hope the Democratic party can ever again represent the mainstream, do you give up yet?

I had to comment in Paul's post that Bruce C. Charles doesn't represent the Democrats, just our local moonbat fringe, which I call “the Howard Dean and Dennis Kuchinch wing of the communist faction of the Democratic Party.”

Josh Poulson

Posted Friday, Feb 18 2005 09:10 AM

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It's unfortunate that the righty blogs chose to focus on the shoe thrower..rather than the debate itself.

If you're interested in the substance of the debate...we blogged on it here:



Posted Saturday, Feb 19 2005 07:58 PM

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