The US leg of George Galloway’s “Anywhere But Bethnal Green and Bow Tour” has been scheduled and it’s, well, kind of disappointingly predictable:
Tuesday September 13, 7:00 pm
New York, NY
Wednesday, September 14, 7:00 pm
Debate with Chrstopher Hitchens
Baruch College Performing Arts Center
Sunday, September 18, 7:00 pm
Wisconsin Union Theatre, University of Wisconsin
Monday, September 19, 7:00 pm
Thorne Auditorium at Northwestern Law School
Tuesday, September 20, 7:00 pm
Kane Hall, University of Washington
San Francisco, CA
Wednesday, September 21, 7:00 pm
Mission High School
Los Angeles, CA
Thursday, September 22, 7:00 pm
Immanuel Presbyterian Church
Saturday, September 24, 7:00 pm
George Washington University
These are all fine cities, but they’re hardly a representative sample of America. However if I was looking for cities with enough people willing and able to pay good money to hear a Galloway rant, I suppose these are the ones I’d choose.
I’m sure he’ll get a less-than-respectful reaction from some of the audience in New York at the “debate” with Hitchens. But in the other cities, I can’t imagine many opponents would buy tickets to hear him without someone else to challenge him. I also suspect most of those who will show up are not regular readers of Harry’s Place, and do not know some of the things he has said and done in his colorful career.
How would Harry’s Place readers in these cities feel about doing some leafleting outside the venues to inform members of the audience of these sayings and doings?
Update: I want to apologize for my rather narrow-minded remark above that “if I was looking for cities with enough people willing and able to pay good money to hear a Galloway rant, I suppose these are the ones I’d choose.” It seems Galloway has fans among the extreme rightists of northern Idaho too.
Ben Brumfield reports:
A few weeks ago, I found a brand-new June edition of the Idaho Observer at my bus stop. It had the usual hodgepodge of loony-right causes, from silly legal theories about admiralty law to dire warnings about vaccinating your children; from half-subtle anti-semitic screeds to ads for tax protester courses.
What surprised me, however, was finding the entire transcript of George Galloway’s testimony before Congress. Guess there’s something to the old adage about the two extremes meeting.