For history buffs, the protest came a little over 40 years after the left's infamous Days of Rage, a series of protests against the Vietnam War that turned violent and tarred all liberals for a generation.
Yesterday's event featured most of the House Republican leadership and signs comparing reform to Naziism, Maoism, and the Joker as played by the late Heath Ledger.
There was no violence, just a star turn by Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann (right, naturally), the tea party's Janis Joplin, who performed a medley of her greatest rhetorical hits and basked in the love.
After a decade of Democrats watching Lieberman as Droopy Dog playing Hamlet (will he, won't he, he din-nit) now Republicans can enjoy that thrill. Starting Monday he will have become their Obi-Wan Kenobi, their only hope.
Here is the smart takeaway on all this (as opposed to the smart-aleck takeaways above). Once whatever passes passes (or doesn't) employers know the environment into which they're putting a major portion of their budgets, and can firm decisions on whether to hire, or how much, next year.
The show has been fun, but it needs to close.
UPDATE: Maybe not tomorrow, maybe later. Like some old rock concerts I don't remember.