Here Comes the Fear Again

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Feb. 8 2012 6:34 PM

Here Comes the Fear Again

I grabbed drinks yesterday with a few people plotting their agendas for the Conservative Political Conference. It starts tomorrow. It will, they fear, be the site of mass chaos. One media manager for a few candidates told me she was warning clients to wear the sort of shoes they'd be comfortable sprinting away from danger in.

What's the worry? It's not just Occupy CPAC, which I mentioned yesterday. It's the specific action plan that Heritage Foundation blogger Lachlan Markay warned of yesterday.

The protesters suggested pulling fire alarms in the hotel where the conference will take place, screaming “fire” during conference activities, “glitter-bombing” participants, cutting electrical power, and barricading entrances to the hotel, according to the source, who requested anonymity. “Speakers will be physically assaulted, not just verbally confronted,” the source told Scribe in an email. Two Occupiers, who the source also identified as members of the New Black Panther Party, “said they would be disappointed if they didn’t get arrested and planned to ‘make it count.’”
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It took a few hours to start hearing this from worried conservatives. This is a new CPAC phenomenon: Fear of violent disruption.

David Weigel is a Slate political reporter. 

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