That is a photo of some of America’s leading public intellectuals dressed in Renaissance costumes and reciting Shakespeare. The woman on the far right is Sandra Day O’Connor; next to her is former Congressman Mickey Edwards. Somewhat obscured and/or poorly lit — Jane Harman, Joe Klein, Diane Ravitch, John Negroponte, Bowling Alone author Robert Putnam, Stumbling on Happiness author Dan Gilbert, and Ezekiel Emanuel, brother of the mayor of Chicago and bete noire for opponents of “ObamaCare.” Emanuel brandished a sword — and later, a chain mail helmet — as he recited the St. Crispin’s Day speech from Henry V. O’Connor went for laughs — twice — by taking the “first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers” line from Henry VI.
The whole affair was put on by Ken and Carol Adelman. Ken, eschewing the Shakespearean garb for jeans, a western-style shirt, and a brown jacket, led the crowd in lusty cries of “Hussah!” whenever someone really nailed a line delivery.
Adelman helped popularize the term “cakewalk” to describe the Glorious Victory in Iraq. There we have it, a prominent Iraq War cheerleader leading a founding trustee of the Heritage Foundation, the justice who gave us George W. Bush, an AIPCAC double agent, a war criminal, and other assorted rogues in a cheerful celebration…as they all plot to destroy the social safety net and turn teachers into wage slaves. (EDIT: actually, Ravitch doesn’t sound that bad, I assumed she was an educational rightie because Bobo likes her.)