After a lot of hand-wringing (much of it from yours truly) about the protests, it seems like they went off fantastically. My parents were there and said they had a great time, everyone was polite and respectful of the cops, but energized and fired up. I also think there was an expectations game played, whether intentionally or not, that has worked in our favor. There was so much hype about arrests and violence that when it didn't happen, it was news.
Christopher Hayes is the host of MSNBC’s All In with Chris Hayes. He is an editor at large at the Nation and a former senior editor of In These Times.