Knowing that octogenarian veterans trying to gain access to their war memorial would attract news cameras like a spilled ice cream sundae attracts ants, vultures who needed face time began to circle the clash site almost immediately.
GOP congresscritters lost no time in being seen Standing Alongside The Veterans and purely incidentally boosting their Tea Party cred in the process.
Meanwhile, a small knot of protesters turned up, claiming to be furloughed .gov workers and chanting anti-G.O.P. slogans. (Because in a bipartisan world, see, it apparently only takes one to tango.)
Noticing one of the marchers wearing a McDonald's shirt, a bit of reporting uncovered the truth. The big Service Employee's International Union had again hired non-union scabs to pose as something they weren't and protest against the Republicans and in support of the party that rewards the SEIU with its pelf.