Morning Proceedings, Santorum Sighting, and Media Frenzy

by chriscrawfordnh

After returning to sleep after a few hours, I was awoken by a video cameraman who was taping me while I sleep. Welcome to the circus…

There was a surprisingly small crowd this morning. At about 7:30, the Marshalls began handing out tickets to today’s arguments. These arguments pertained to the urgency of the Court case – and whether or not it was too early to decide the fate of The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. While I was roughly 60th in line, they had only handed out 27 tickets by the time they reached me. With such a short line, it was evident that spaceholders will have the choice between Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday arguments. No longer desperate for seats, more than half of the crowd chose to wait another day. I joined them, and now sit between 30th and 35th in line.

Of the 30 or so people in front of me in line, almost all are placeholders for someone else. They say precious little about who is paying them or how much they are being paid, but are loud otherwise. They are all appear to be low income men and women, and are coordinated by a man in a Washington Nationals hat.

The group behind us, who are cut from an entirely different cloth from those in front of us, are holding places for Family Research Council President Tony Perkins. Tomorrow morning will be extremely interesting as we watch some of D.C’s elite take their place ahead of us in line.

There is a large media pesence here, with reporters from all around the world. Since the line is small and most of our fellow placeholders are not allowed to talk to the press, we have been interviewed by almost all of the reporters here. From NBC, to FoxBusiness, to CanadaTV, to The New York Times – we’ve seen it all. Those who know me will be surprised to know that a New York Times columnist has actually befriended us and has spent most of the day in our humble abode at 1st St. and East Capitol.

Throughout the morning, AFSCME members marched outside the Supreme Court, holding signs in support of Obamacare. There were hundreds of them, and only a small contingency of Tea Partiers. There was also a small group of Pro-Life activists who wrote “LIFE” on red duct tape, covered their mouths with the tape, and prayed silently amidst the chaos.

Shortly after 12:00 noon, Senator Rick Santorum arrived and held a Press Conference outside the Court. He did not use a microphone, so most of the media did not here what he said, but our New York Times friend said she heard him take multiple shots at Romney, claiming, “I am the only one who can repeal Obamacare.”

As he spoke, a large group of women chanted, “Healthcare is a right!” to which Tea Partiers responded “Where in the Constitution?”

The afternoon has been particularly quiet.  The weather is gorgeous and the crowd has calmed.

The weather is supposed to drop down to the mid-thirties tonight. I’m thankful for my fraternity brothers, who have brought us sleeping bags and plenty to keep warm.

Check out our “Media Hits” page to see coverage of Camp Supreme! We were on the front page of the Nashua Telegraph today!

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