Video of the Day: Showdown at CPAC

More

Occupiers meet attendees at the conservative gathering, and chaos ensues.

Behold: the day's dumbest political confrontation. (If you're listening in an office, it's probably mildly NSFW without headphones due to an F-bomb.)

The Daily Caller's Matt Lewis uploaded this video. After dire warnings for days that members of the Occupy movement would try to disrupt the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington -- conservative activists reportedly infiltrated Occupy meetings to learn what was planned -- the showdown finally arrived today. Let's just say that as far as memorable and worthy battles in history go, it's not exactly the Shootout at the OK Corral. The form of the protest: Occupiers entered the overflow room for attendees watching Mitt Romney's address, then stood silently in front of the screen relaying the speech. Those who actually wanted to see Romney's speech were understandably annoyed, and a bit of a donnybrook broke out.

It's tough to make out exactly what's going on, but choice quotes include the nonsensical "You're not the 99 percent, I'm the 99 percent;" the straightforward "you're a left-wing bastard" (UPDATED: he might be saying fascist); and the playground-quality insult, "why don't you go hang out with Mussolini?" It's not really a good look for anyone involved, although the young woman concerned her father will come to blows with a protester is somewhat endearing.

Jump to comments
Presented by

David A. Graham

David Graham is a senior associate editor at The Atlantic, where he oversees the Politics Channel. He previously reported for Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, and The National.

Get Today's Top Stories in Your Inbox (preview)

Tracing Sriracha's Origin to a Seaside Town in Thailand

Ever wonder how the wildly popular hot sauce got its name? It all started in Si Racha.


Elsewhere on the web

Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register. blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

Where the Wild Things Go

A government facility outside of Denver houses more than a million products of the illegal wildlife trade, from tigers and bears to bald eagles.

Video

Adults Need Playtime Too

When was the last time you played your favorite childhood game?

Video

Is Wine Healthy?

James Hamblin prepares to impress his date with knowledge about the health benefits of wine.

Video

The World's Largest Balloon Festival

Nine days, more than 700 balloons, and a whole lot of hot air

Writers

Up
Down

More in Politics

Just In