Sheehan and the SOTU: What about those purple thumbs?

And why wasn't a congressman's wife hauled off in handcuffs, too?

Published February 1, 2006 5:53PM (EST)

We've got two questions for the police who arrested Cindy Sheehan for wearing an antiwar T-shirt to George W. Bush's State of the Union address Tuesday night:

Although you escorted the wife of a Republican congressman out of the House of Representatives for wearing a "Support the Troops" T-shirt, it seems that you didn't put her in handcuffs or keep her in holding cells for a few hours. Why was that, exactly?

And while you apparently concluded that Sheehan's "2245 Dead -- How many more?" T-shirt amounted to an unlawful protest in the House chamber, we seem to remember that a lot of the president's supporters were sporting purple thumbs at the last State of the Union address. How many of them did you arrest?

By Tim Grieve

Tim Grieve is a senior writer and the author of Salon's War Room blog.

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