I think I just about lost my mind when I read this report:
As midnight approached, the crowds began to grow, filling the visitor’s gallery above the Senate floor and forming a long line outside the chamber. Ordinary citizens watched, seemingly spellbound, as Republicans accused Democrats of staging a political show to dramatize opposition to the war. Even as Democrats brushed aside such suggestions, the party’s Congressional leaders and many lawmakers took a break from the debate to join a few hundred war protesters at a candlelight vigil outside the Capitol.[snip]Not a political stunt? Hey, Harry! I have 1200 Marines who could have used those care packages you were using to make a mockery of our support for our troops! How about sending some of that our way?
While Senator Harry Reid of Nevada, the majority leader, said Democrats were not staging the debate as a political stunt, members of his staff delivered care packages to their Republican counterparts. “A few supplies for your sleepless night — help us bring an end to this war,” read the note attached to a bundle of toiletries, tied with a yellow ribbon.
Suggestion to Republican Senators - please make good use of Sen. Reid's generous gift of care packages by sending them to the Marines, care of Soldiers' Angels at:
c/o Soldiers Angels
914 Tourmaline Drive
Newbury Park, CA 91320