|Patrick Howley of the conservative magazine American Spectator is seen skulking behind a|
burly protester at the National Air and Space Museum, 10/08/11.(Cheryl Biren/opednews.com)
After sneaking past the guard at the first entrance, I found myself trapped in a small entranceway outside the second interior door behind a muscle-bound left-wing fanatic and a heavyset guard. The fanatic shoved the guard and the guard shoved back, hard, sending this comrade - and, by domino effect, me - sprawling against the wall. After squeezing myself out from under him, I sprinted toward the door. Then I got hit.
As far as anyone knew I was part of this cause - a cause that I had infiltrated the day before in order to mock and undermine in the pages of The American Spectator - and I wasn't giving up before I had my story. Under a cloud of pepper spray I forced myself into the doors and sprinted blindly across the floor of the Air and Space Museum, drawing the attention of hundreds of stunned khaki-clad tourists (some of whom began snapping off disposable-camera portraits of me). I strained to glance behind me at the dozens of protesters I was sure were backing me up, and then I got hit again, this time with a cold realization: I was the only one who had made it through the doors. As two guards pointed at me and started running, I dodged a circle of gawking old housewives and bolted upstairs.