Like just about every news junkie, I watched hours and hours of cable news on Friday, while simultaneously on Twitter with my iPad in my lap. You would think that with all that news consumption, I would have a great blog post in me. But no. The events in Boston seem too random to make a broad political conclusion or to point to a clear cut policy remedy.
Of course, that isn't stopping people from trying to jam their pet projects into this square peg event. The pro-gun people think that terrorists would be scared off, if we were all packing weapons. The anti-immigration people think that this is an excellent opportunity to keep immigrants out. Even Dr. Ruth was on Twiter advising us to take advantage of the lockdown by "locking down" with our partners. As a policy entrepreneur, every event is an opportunity to talk about your policy.
Some pundits are talking about the use of Miranda warnings with terrorists, and the pros and cons of shutting down a city to catch a baddie. Interesting discussions, but not game-changers.
There was some amusing wingnut discussions this weekend. One guy on my Facebook page is sure that the lockdown is the first stage of a fascist state. They are softening us up for the future police state. Say good-bye to your freedoms and your guns, folks!
So, all this is very disappointing for the blogger. I'm going to have to write about Reese Witherspoon's arrest or something.