State GOP chairman Chris Devaney is quickly drawing flak in the liberal blogosphere for saying Democrats should send a "decontamination crew" to Occupy Nashville. Devaney's comments, made in response to Democrats' belated statements of support for the protesters, sounded straight out of the Vietnam era when law-and-order Republicans tarred anti-war protesters as smelly bums. Here's Devaney's statement:
It is astonishing that Tennessee Democrats are defending ‘Occupy Nashville.’ If the Democrats want to associate themselves with this bunch, more power to them; but I think it shows how out of touch they are with everyday Tennesseans. Their real focus should be President Obama and protesting his lack of leadership on the economy and jobs. Maybe on top of the pizzas they’ve offered to purchase, they might also offer to pay for the decontamination crew.
Legislative Plaza is the property of all Tennesseans, not just a small group of loiterers who would've served their cause better by simply occupying a restroom, instead of showing utter disregard for public property.
Update: In other words, "Get off my lawn, you dirty hippies!"