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Saturday's New Orleans GOP Beatdown Update

As more time passes from the brutal assault and battery against GOP fundraiser Allee Bautsch (broken leg) and her boyfriend, Joe Brown (broken nose, broken jaw, concussion) after a GOP fund-raising dinner in New Orleans last week, more details keep emerging. And while the details fill themselves in, the overall picture gets slightly hazier.

Previously, blogger Pat Dollard reported that a NOPD official spokesman had confirmed that the insults hurled at Bautsch and Brown were political in nature, giving strength to the argument that the assault was politically motivated. The spokesman later walked back that allegation to Dollard, not precisely denying it but refusing to confirm it.

Later, the officer issued an absolute denial, saying that the insults were more general in tone, but said the possibility of a political motive is part of the investigation. In other words, they haven't ruled out that theory.

Dollard has yet to issue a followup piece.

It's also been stated that te thugs who put Brautsch and Brown in the hospital followed them from the restaurant, which makes the "random attack by roving thugs so common in large urban areas that are governed by astonishingly corrupt Democratic machines" theory a bit harder to buy into. Toss in that Brennan's is located practically across the street from a police station, and the notion that these thugs were just loitering and waiting for someone to give an utterly non-partisan beatdown to is further eroded.

As for robbery as the motive (after all, "mugging" is defined as "an assault where the primary goal is robbery,"): the infamous photo of Brautsch and Brown immediately after the attack, talking with a police officer, shows Brautsch's purse serving as a pillow under her head, and Brown's rather expensive-looking watch still on his left wrist. If their assailants were robbers, they were very poor robbers -- but excellent beat-down artists.

Back at the Hayride, the blog that has been all over this story, there's a report that another attendee of the fundraiser at Brennan's was also attacked while leaving the event. Louisiana GOP Chairman Roger Villere, Jr. says he tried to leave Brennan's with about half a dozen friends, but protesters blocked the front doors. They left through the kitchen, but they were spotted by the mob peace-loving demonstrators attempting to exercise their Constitutional rights and pursued until they got into a cab.

Hayride is now putting forth an interesting theory: that the assault and battery was political in nature, but not partisan. In other words, it wasn't an action by rogue Democrats, but left-wing extremists who gulled some liberals into helping fill out their ranks for the protests, then the extremists took it up a few steps and ventured into physical violence.

I'm not ready to fully sign on to it, but I like it.

As an explanation, it has an elegance and simplicity that fits the known facts. Some far-left extremist anarchists (probably but not definitively associated with the Iron Rail Gang collective) hear about the fundraiser and decide to give those fascist pig corporate fatcats a taste of People Power. They put out flyers and other forms of publicity to draw young liberals and other leftists all looking to "get in the faces" of the enemy. The expected crowd shows up and makes a bunch of noise, the police come, and most of the crowd is dispersed. (They did what they wanted; they got to "stick it to the man" a little, maybe meet some like-minded spirit of the appropriate sex, and collected a "war story" about how brave they were.

But the core organizers, the anarchists, stick around. They aren't done.

Villere and his friends try to leave, but duck back inside and go out the back door. The thugs spot them and give chase, but they get away in a cab.

Then Brautsch and Brown come out and start walking. The thugs outnumber them five to two, and Brautsch is a rather petite woman, so they have numbers on their side. The mob shouts insults and cat-calls and other imprecations. They probably figure that Brautsch and Brown will run, they'll give chase for a bit, and they'll have another tale of glory.

Sadly, no one tips Brautsch and Brown in to the plan. So Brown does the chivalrous thing, telling Brautsch to run while he tries to hold off the mob. Then Brautsch stumbles, and the "chase" scenario will no longer work.

Well, the mob can't just back down at this point. Besides, Brown is challenging them, one guy standing against all of them. He's defending himself and his lady. If the mob were to back down, they'd have to admit that all five of them were scared off by one guy.

So the beatdown commences. Because Brautsch and Brown didn't stick to the mob's script and didn't flee in terror, they get what all Rethuglicans/RepubliKKKans deserve. Brautsch's leg is broken in five places, requiring extensive surgery, and Brown gets a broken nose, a broken jaw, and a concussion.

But they aren't robbed. No, these thugs aren't common thieves. And while it would have been justice for these two young fascists to have their excessive wealth (embodied by her purse and his watch) liberated in the name of The People, that wasn't what the mob was after. They weren't Robin Hoods, they were Righteous Avengers.

Just a theory. Just a story. Just a possible explanation. But one that, I think, answers all the facts known at this point, and ties it together with few loose ends.

So no, this wasn't the "fault" of the Democrats. Or even of the left in general. It was solely the responsibility of the assholes who did the beating.

But it does serve as a serious reminder to the left: this was likely done by extremists on your end of the spectrum. These sociopaths are your fellow-travelers, they agree with you on most issues, and you tend to embrace them as part of your "inclusive" policies and activities. You empower them, you tolerate them, you welcome them into your events and planning and activities.

I'd recommend that the left learn from the Tea Parties held last Thursday. Forewarned that opponents were planning on infiltrating the events in an attempt to discredit the gatherings, some attendees were on the lookout for the fringe nuts. And once the nuts were identified, they were isolated and harassed until they left.

And when some union thugs tried to disrupt the Boston tea party on Wednesday, assaulting attendees as they forced their way through the crowd (and one of the leftists even briefly stormed the stage), not one of the gun nuts and crazed right-wingers hit back against the union "Task Force."

The left likes to talk about how the right's fringe is so dangerous, and are being egged on by the mainstream right's leadership. And here's some evidence they may be on to something -- but it's their own side's problem. Their own fringe are putting people in the hospital, and their own leadership is pushing the confrontational rhetoric.

So, liberals. You still have time to think this through. Your own fringe is doing precisely what you've been hysterically predicting that the right's fringe would do, but it hasn't been conclusively proven yet. Start thinking about how you want to respond.

How much time you have before the New Orleans thugs are identified and charged, no one knows. Maybe today. Maybe never.

Use this time wisely.


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Why just yesterday Bill Cli... (Below threshold)
ODA315:

Why just yesterday Bill Clinton predicted this type of behavior.......

In other words, Jay, you ar... (Below threshold)
Mike:

In other words, Jay, you are still grasping at straws. Give it up. Even Jindal's office doesn't believe that this was politically motivated.

Hayride is now put... (Below threshold)
jim m:
Hayride is now putting forth an interesting theory: that the assault and battery was political in nature, but not partisan. In other words, it wasn't an action by rogue Democrats, but left-wing extremists who gulled some liberals into helping fill out their ranks for the protests, then the extremists took it up a few steps and ventured into physical violence.

I'm not sure I see that much of a difference. If you are willing to go out and protest with people who promote violence and hate, if you are willing to support their ideas but are silent about their methods, if you are going to participate in the protest and then be silent about their crimes you really aren't any different.

In the same way the dem leaders have fomented hatred and violence against conservatives by defining down what conservative hate and violence are. Conservative hate and violence are now defined specifically as any conservative speaking their mind. Obama has repeatedly called for his followers to stand up and fight and to strike back at anyone speaking out against his government. He calls for his followers to "get in the faces" of those who oppose him.

So we have political leaders defining speech as violence and promoting physical confrontation of political dissidents. We have left wing thugs attacking peaceful protesters and even attacking peaceful political convention attendees. We see these thugs now supposedly using the cover of other lefties to stage their acts of assault and intimidation. How are those who call for the violence and who cover it any different than those who commit it?

I see no difference. Those like Lee and Adrian, who apologize and excuse the actions, are just ass bad. They want the violence to happen. They do their best to spin it and shift the blame onto the victims. They refuse to decry the violence. Lee and friends are facilitators of the violence. They see our dissent to Obama and his policies as dangerous and clearly feel that we need to be stopped and silenced. They really don't care who does it or how.

4/9 Truthers Unite!... (Below threshold)
Adrian Browne:

4/9 Truthers Unite!

An interesting side note to... (Below threshold)
Stan:

An interesting side note to all of these shenanigans that the left is perpetrating; the well known Hugo Chavez buddy and avowed commie, Danny Glover, was arrested for charging the stage at a tea party rally. He was demonstrating with the union thugs from the SEIU. He was later released from custody.

Adrian, please, no more sex... (Below threshold)
epador:

Adrian, please, no more sex between you and Lee on this site, OK?

@ Mike: the New Orleans po... (Below threshold)
-S-:

@ Mike: the New Orleans police say that the possibility of a political motive exists, that it is being considered in ongoing investigation, and thus, it's reasonable and realistic for others (including Jay Tea) to refer to such as possible: because it's possible.

From my individual perspective, BECAUSE the assaults occurred AT and near the POLITICALLY-DEFINED CONVENTION, that there'd be a political-motivation or association to the assaults, by the assailants, is not only "possible" but highly likely. The police and anyone else of reasonable open mind would be rather limited in scope or otherwise in need of forcing an investigative outcome to NOT consider such.

jim m, the theory is that o... (Below threshold)

jim m, the theory is that only a few of the protesters intended to commit violence, and they didn't share those plans. Those thugs recruited "useful idiots" among liberals to give themselves cover, and the liberals were typically clueless to know they were being used.

Or they didn't mind. Either way, it's not good.

J.

Not quite, stan. The SEIU p... (Below threshold)

Not quite, stan. The SEIU protest was at a college over food workers, not a tea party.

J.

Adrian,Please expl... (Below threshold)
jim m:

Adrian,

Please explain why the innocent folks at the Iron Rail have taken down their web sites and gone to ground if they have nothing to do with this protest and the attack?

It seems to me that any non-guilty person or organization would want to make it clear that they were NOT part of any illegality. But then again the Iron Rail people were used to using aliases to hide from the law.

Nice group you've thrown yourself in to defending for political expediency. You might want to educate yourself.

Which brings me back to my earlier question: What's the difference between a violent leftist and those who want to gain by the acts of the violent leftist but are unwilling to commit them personally?

Jay -I would argue... (Below threshold)
jim m:

Jay -

I would argue by the silence from the left that they really don;t mind that they were "used". I would in fact argue the other way around that the leftist thugs who did this were used by the others to advance their agenda by violence and intimidation while allowing those more mainstream to keep their hands clean.

Sort of a modern leftist version of "Will no one rid me of this turbulent priest?"

Thanks Jay. Wasn't quite su... (Below threshold)
Stan:

Thanks Jay. Wasn't quite sure of the place he was arrested.

jim m-"Which br... (Below threshold)
914:

jim m-

"Which brings me back to my earlier question: What's the difference between a violent leftist and those who want to gain by the acts of the violent leftist but are unwilling to commit them personally?"


The difference is mired somewhere between ACORN and the Obmuma administration. You know, shades of gray and all kinds of nuance and plausible deniability.

How do we know this isn't <... (Below threshold)
Adrian Browne:

How do we know this isn't Republican Party on Tea Party violence? Then try to blame it on anti-Palin protestors. Isn't this a more probable scenario than just a random mugging?

or

Perhaps this is just plain gang violence: a Tea Party Express vs. Tea Party Patriots turf war.

You know that the left real... (Below threshold)
jim m:

You know that the left realizes that this really was a leftist political attack when they try to blame it on the victims.

Thanks Adrian.

Maybe in your next attempt to deflect blame from where it belongs you can suggest that it was an alien predator like from the movies. Or perhaps it was a robot sent back in time from the future trying to change the course of history.

#14 that Adrian pooped out,... (Below threshold)
914:

#14 that Adrian pooped out,


You know AB if you ever tire of conspiracy theories, chasing after unicorn droppings, or drooling all over the "Wons" non-accomplishments. Rest assured that the "One" is always looking for a few good liars to polish up the prompter before each appearance.

I'm sure glad I live in an ... (Below threshold)
Burt:

I'm sure glad I live in an Open Carry State!

Michelle Malkin reports tha... (Below threshold)
kevino:

Michelle Malkin reports that the attackers stated things like: "Little blonde b*tch," and "f**king faggot," but nothing political. Those statements are certainly misogynistic and homophobic, and therefore sound like something that today's liberal fascists would say. :^) However, those statements, and even the presence of the liberal protesters before the incident to not constitute a conspiracy. For example, it is certainly possible that liberal protesters spouted out their usual hate speech, whipped up some small group of local punks, and then left.

The conspiracy theory is a stretch: "left-wing extremists who gulled some liberals into helping fill out their ranks for the protests, then the extremists took it up a few steps and ventured into physical violence." There isn't any evidence that the "left-wing extremists" committed the crime. Instead, it may just be that New Orleans is a corrupt crime-ridden cesspool where local officials can not or will not keep the peace.

Over the years I've seen a lot of liberals threatening arrest and violence to suppress free speech, and so it wouldn't surprise me if this was politically motivated. There is no evidence to show that it was a robbery (beyond liberal tax and regulatory policies). It is also likely that this was a small group of local punks who were decided to beat up some people for the fun of it. (I've seen that before, too.)

Note to the national GOP and others: this is a good reason to stay away from New Orleans. To paraphrase the Joker from the first Batman movie: "Decent people shouldn't visit New Orleans: they'd be happier someplace else."

Bottom line: Until the NOPD catches the people that committed the crime, we will probably won't know the motivation for the attack. And given the competence of the NOPD, that means that we will probably never know, but that's the reality of the situation.

I'm not sure I see that ... (Below threshold)
James Cloninger:

I'm not sure I see that much of a difference. If you are willing to go out and protest with people who promote violence and hate, if you are willing to support their ideas but are silent about their methods, if you are going to participate in the protest and then be silent about their crimes you really aren't any different.

Gee, kinda fits with the notion of the "religion of peace", doesn't it? Remarkable the similarities...

You have a very short memor... (Below threshold)
Mike:

You have a very short memory, Mr. Tea. Last I checked, the right fringe (or 'your own fringe', if we must take ownership) is still up a few points in the politically motivated violence department.

Or have you forgotten about the Oklahoma City Bombing, where 168 people, including 19 children, were murdered in an act of domestic terrorism? Blown up by extreme right wing terrorists. White male American 'patriots', including a Army veteran.

There are also a few assassinations of Abortion doctors, as I recall...

So while you are thinking that through, please send this lib's heartfelt sympathies to the victims of this terrible crime. I know getting beat up like that is a nightmare that lasts well beyond the healing of the wounds. Seeing the photo of them on the ground, still unable to get up, while taking to the police shook me to the core. I hope they get well, and get justice.

How do we know this isn'... (Below threshold)
James Cloninger:

How do we know this isn't Republican Party on Tea Party violence? Then try to blame it on anti-Palin protestors. Isn't this a more probable scenario than just a random mugging?

No. Now go fetch me a juicebox.

a browne - "How do we k... (Below threshold)
Marc:

a browne - "How do we know this isn't Republican Party on Tea Party violence? "

With about the same certainty that you're not an alien, a republican or female.

You're not are you?

Mike-I call BS on ... (Below threshold)
jim m:

Mike-

I call BS on your argument.

McVeigh was a lunatic. He thought the Turner Diaries were real. He claimed the military implanted a microchip in his butt to track his movements. Everyone denounces his actions as those of a mad man. Lee Harvey Oswald was a communist. Do you hear conservatives going around claiming that the left assassinated Kennedy? No you don't so shut your ignorant pie hole about McVeigh being part of the right.

As for the random lunatic that shoots an abortionist: even the antiabortion movement has stridently denounced this kind of action. Right to life people do not believe that murder is the appropriate solution for stopping what they are already saying is murder. If you bothered to take off your tin foil hat and actually listen to what people are saying you would know that. Actually, I suspect that you already do know that but you make the charge anyway because you are a disingenuous jerk.

And was all hat to essentially say that they deserved it? Because you ended up coming across that way.

Mike, do you know why I did... (Below threshold)

Mike, do you know why I didn't bring up McVeigh?

Because I knew that someone like you would.

McVeigh is the biggest example you have against the right, and that was 15 years ago. And that goes as evidence towards one of my current favorite theses -- that the extremists on the left are passionate, while the ones on the right are efficient. McVeigh and Nichols, with two others helping, achieved a hell of a lot more than William Ayers, Bernardine Dohrn, and the rest of the Weather Underground ever did.

The left's nuts are quicker to take action, as they are more emotional. The right's are far slower to act, because they see it as work and they tend to not enjoy it as much.

So, Mike, I'll cheerfully grant the right's body count is higher. That's largely because the left's nuts tend to be incompetent -- the aforementioned Weather Underground's biggest score was an "own goal" where they blew themselves up. You willing to grant that the ranks of the left's extremists numbers significantly higher?

J.

Jim-Thank you for ... (Below threshold)
Mike:

Jim-

Thank you for the reply. First and foremost- the crime at hand. I feel terrible for the victims, knowing the pain they feel, and I can not see how my post suggested otherwise.

Second, it seems you agree with me, that guilt by association is wrong. And, yet, Mr. Tea did just that:

but it's their own side's problem. Their own fringe are putting people in the hospital, and their own leadership is pushing the confrontational rhetoric.

So, liberals. You still have time to think this through. Your own fringe is doing precisely what you've been hysterically predicting that the right's fringe would do, but it hasn't been conclusively proven yet.

And, I would respond given his fallacious assertion of assuming guilt by association, "Oklahoma City Bombing."

The point of my comment was to say that the perpetrator of this crime has no claim to the title of Liberal, Democrat, or even Socialist (in the Anglo/Euro/Canadian sense) no more than I would assume you think Mr. McVeigh, deserves the title of Conservative, Republican, or Libertarian, Atheist, Christian, whatever.

What Mr. McVeigh, and the attackers in this case would have in common is that they are sadists, filled with hatred and bigotry, who are so upset that they don't get their way in our peaceful democratic system- they proclaim, and eventually do violence.

There is not one prevailing modern ideology innocent of having members who do not do this, so lets not throw stones.

And I accept your apology for the ad hominems.

Mr. Tea, you amuse me.... (Below threshold)
Mike:

Mr. Tea, you amuse me.

Are seriously trying to argue that "right wing" evil is somehow better or any different than "left wing" evil? Or that there is some inherent genius in right wing ideology that makes you best at anything you do, including killing?

And the right has a higher body count? Come on, we all know nobody can make mass graves like a leftist dictatorship. Stalin, anyone? And the right lost the civil war. The godless cesspool of the North East defeated you, although PA feels really bad about that.

Hitler was so evil, I don't think right or left even applies.

You willing to grant tha... (Below threshold)
Mike:

You willing to grant that the ranks of the left's extremists numbers significantly higher?

No. I have no reason to believe that. I'd like to see any attempt to quantify that. Even it was, how would that matter? You still can't make guilt by association.

I do have reason to believe that right wing extremists are currently, the aggrieved party, and have a strong motive to apply all their hard working common sense values to commiting murder. And that bombing, 15 years ago was during the third year of the last vehemently hated democratic president, Bill Clinton. And now we have this democratic president is biracial, and maybe an African Muslim? You have to admit, that sets some people off, and most who would identify themselves as of "the right." Youtube can find these nut-jobs for you (and yea, the lefties too). I stay away from the left crazies out there, as you do from yours, yes?

Liberals represent at least 60 million Americans in this country, and I assure you, 99 out of hundred, will be as pleased as anybody who hates voilence to see these sociopaths arrested and put in prison for felony battery charges. It was brutal and disgusting. I'd love for you to go to a Unitarian Church, and see what they have to say about it. You'd be surprised.

Are seriously trying to ... (Below threshold)

Are seriously trying to argue that "right wing" evil is somehow better or any different than "left wing" evil?

Yes, I am. I have observed a general tendency among the fringes of each side, a difference of "style," and have commented on it. I have not judged "better" or "worse," but a way of characterizing the two extremes. And while it is not hardly an absolute rule, it hangs fairly true as a rule of thumb.

And while I didn't spell it out this time, I was referring specifically to Americans. So Stalin and Mao don't bear here.

J.

What's up with the photo of... (Below threshold)
maezeppa:

What's up with the photo of the two victims that's being circulated on the net? Some reporters/bloggers claim it shows a man with a bloody face and a woman wincing in pain. I don't see that. The postures are relaxed, nobody's bleeding and the woman is clearly not in shock and if her leg had been "stomped on", I'm surprised there are no dirt marks, swelling, blood, etc.

The Iron Rail Book Collecti... (Below threshold)
David:

The Iron Rail Book Collective

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Sorry, David, not until they're PROVEN guilty. J.




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