On the surreal experience of watching representatives of the people's House smuggle video off the floor:
It's possible to have cheered the Democrats' samizdat broadcasts even if you are rankled by the particulars of their gun-control legislation. One of party's proposed remedies is to block anyone on the no-fly list from buying a gun, even though the government can add anyone to that list without due process. As Gawker said of the no-fly list: "It is secret, it disproportionately affects Arab-Americans, it is error-prone, there is no due process or effective recourse for people placed on the list, and it constantly and relentlessly expands."
But the point on Tuesday was to force the debate: to make Republicans take a roll-call vote on the issue. And when they wouldn't, the Democrats tried another approach. They may have broken the rules, but their sit-in seemed to be in keeping with the spirit of the House: that the public's work should be done in public. And it was, because of the sunlight that members shined upon it with their smartphones. The Meerkat election may or may not arrive. But the Periscope protest is very much here, and it's here to stay.