A week into the Tea Party petulance that shut down the U.S. Government, a group called “Truckers Ride for the Constitution” threatened to roar into DC during morning rush on Friday October 11th with enough tractor-trailers to shut down traffic on the Capital Beltway surrounding Washington. The trucks would then drive to the White House and arrest President Obama for … well, something-or-other.

Virginia and Maryland state troopers were mobilized. DC Metropolitan Police, Capitol Police, National Park Police, and Secret Service were on high alert Thursday night and into the wee hours of Friday. Then came the dawn.

What happened? Nothing much. A few protesting trucks convoyed on the Beltway Friday morning, but there were no unusual delays. How many trucks? About thirty, the same as the number of Tea Party congressmen currently holding the U.S. Government and the world economy hostage.

So there you have it. Thirty wayward trucks can’t blockade the Beltway, but thirty Tea Party congressmen can hijack the Republican Party, blockade the Federal Budget, and bring the U.S. Government to a screeching halt. Backed up behind it are federal contractors, state, city, and county governments, nonprofit health clinics and social service providers.

There’s your gridlock. Coast-to-coast.


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