I think the Bush administration should start calling the Free Speech Corrals "Cheney-Link Areas".
Seriously, THANK YOU to the 80+ folks who were able to get down to the Embassy Suites at the airport to create a protest presence on behalf of themselves and those of us who had to work and couldn't get away.
I was able to catch some of the coverage around 5 pm and was (not unexpectedly) disgusted by the sight of the small amount of peaceful protestors holding signs, surrounded by chain link fencing far from the building as the camera breathlessly panned to a solid line of riot police standing before the motel. I wonder how much money the Embassy Suites lost this evening if they either couldn't accept any bookings or were unable or unwilling to allow their patrons access to their rooms or the restaurant? Did the Republican Party of Oregon make it worth their while? Probably not, as the "mug and run" event was focused on raising money and nothing else.
The "reporter", who seemed frustrated because there was nothing exciting to report kept hinting that "there has been no trouble yet . . . but if there is, you'll be the first to know!" and "protestors were pushing on the fence, trying to topple it! Riot police were called in!" Not one shot of the Cheney supporters as they arrived or of the building itself.
Is this America?