There were quite a few people who came out winners from the events of Boston Common. Today we’re going to list those who earned honorable (or dishonorable) mentions and the 1st and 2nd runners-up in that pageant:
Honorable (or Dishonorable) Mentions
Mayor Marty Walsh: He was able to play up his credentials not only as an opponent of the President, and a denouncer of hate, but his decision to deploy rather than stand down police allowed him to project an image of law and order without damage to his liberal credentials and, despite a few exceptions, the success of the Police in maintaining overall safety for people in the crowd (if you weren’t wearing an Israeli Flag, a Trump Banner or was a policeman) earned him national praise that might come in handy if he wants to progress to a senate seat or the governor’s chair.
Left wing fringe groups: The various activist groups from ANSWER to the Socialist Workers et/al had a great day on Boston common. Not only were they able to get the media and mayor to uncritically accept their premise that the speakers like Shiva Ayyadurai were Nazis and Klansmen, not only where they able to keep anyone from hearing what they actually said, they were able, because of the size of the crowd who arrived to oppose the unseen Nazis and Klan members, to give the impression of a much larger base of support than they actual have for their fringe political positions.
The News Media: Their willingness to run with and sell the left whole “Nazi/White Supremacist Hoard descending on Boston” meme meant they were given a spectacle which provided them with days of copy and tons of coverage to attract eyeballs and thus advertisers. Even better for the media their success in selling the meme gives them a chance to deploy it any time a tea party group gets a permit from any city in Massachusetts.
2nd Runner up: The Boston Police
The Boston Police was both a short term and a long term winners of events on the common. Despite Jeff Jacoby’s correct assessment concerning actual free speech, their highly visible presence at the event, their ability to prevent fatalities or serious injury combined with their willingness to be the primary target of the ANTIFA thugs violence, not only achieved their primary goal of avoiding a blood bath or serious riot, but rightly raised their stature both locally and nationally as a peace force. Regular people, with nothing to do with professional activism, who turned up to oppose “nazis” were thanking police for keeping them safe and rightly so.
Sure there were State Police and Transit Police there as well but the City’s police force was the most visible and got the lions share of the attention and credit.
1st Runner up: ANTIFA
I’m sorry to say ANTIFA was the 2nd biggest winner of the events on Boston Common for many reasons:
They were able to show numbers. The total amount of masked thugs was considerable which meant a pretty good show of muscle.
They were accepted and cheered by the crowd despite (or perhaps because of) their violent history against any who they consider their political opponents.
Because of the size of the crowd, the need for police to protect certain areas and people and the media’s disinterest they were able to get away with isolated acts of violence with impunity .
Although there were a small amount of folks arrested, you actually had incredible sight online of police asking ANTIFA thugs to “to refrain from throwing urine, bottles and other harmful projectiles at our officers.” as they ignored said request while berating and assaulting officers. Perhaps next time they’ll be able to get the police to say “please”.
Like any group of actual fascists their real power is to intimidate far beyond their actual numbers. Boston Common put that intimidation factor on display to those they wanted to keep in check. I’m not just talking about City Mayors not wanting to blow their budgets on police details denying permits or venues and groups choosing to avoid public event due to fear of liability cost or physical violence. I’m not even talking about the tiny group of speakers who would have been dwarfed even if the 100’s of ANTIFA folk never showed their face.
I’m talking about the successful display of physical power to their political allies on the left. They were the real target. Thanks to events on the common where ANTIFA was willing to take on police and show some muscle against their foes out of police sight, reporters who might consider a critical story, activists who might consider giving the other side a chance to speak and even regular people, particularly those not enamored with the 2nd amendment who might decide they agree with the President or the Tea Party on an issue or two will think twice before doing so thanks to the fear (rational or not) that their actions will prompt a visit from the folks wearing masks.
Finally all of this will attract the young stupid recruits that are the bread and meat for such Fascists, particularly from those who are rejected (didn’t the crowd show them support?) or fearful (Wouldn’t it be great to have a bunch of strong friends having your back?) or thuggish (didn’t they stand up to police even with the whole country watching?). Boston was ANTIFA’s recruitment video for useful idiots and there are plenty of directionless and foolish teens and twenty somethings who will see it and come running.
As for the big winner from events in Boston, that’s tomorrow lead post.
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