As I sat in my corner office in D.C. today, my ears were assaulted by the not unusual din of a protest group marching past below my window. They were members of ACT UP, a left-wing AIDS activist group. They seemed to have it in for Romney, chanting “Mitt Romney, you’re no good/that’s why we need Robin Hood”. Several signs advocated taxing Wall Street to support AIDS research. Quite a few demonstrators were dressed in costumes suggestive of the legendary bandit of Sherwood Forest: green tunics, and little feathered hats. Interestingly, many of the “Robin Hoods” were also wearing Obama masks.
When fanaticism takes hold, the first thing to go is a sense of irony.