According to the Associated Press, Russian President Dmitri Medvedev wants to get outside of the DC beltway in his next trip to the USA:
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev says he would like to meet with "dissidents" when he visits the U.S. next week.
Russian news agencies quote him as telling a group of visiting foreign experts that "I believe there are dissidents in the United States."
ITAR-Tass quotes him as saying: "Let them tell me what problems the United States has. That won't be bad, considering the Soviet experience."
I think that this is a fantastic idea, when one considers the potential pool of dissidents. Fortunately, Andy Heil has come up with a list of possibile dissidents at RFERL's Transmissions blog. His list:
- Noam Chomsky
- Rush Limbaugh
- Michael Moore
- Kanye West
- Sarah Palin
- Jeremiah Wright
- Gus Hall
- Sean Penn
- Chirstopher Hitchens
- Eric Cartman
This is an excellent start, but I think we can add a few names to the old dissident list. Let me think.... who else is railing against the System these days?
- Glenn Beck
- U.S. Representative Ron Paul
- Glenn Greenwald
- Dick Cheney
- Serena Williams
- U.S. Representative Dennis Kucinich
- Jimmy Carter
- U.S. Representative Joe Wilson
- Terrell Owens
- Beyonce (OK, technically, she's not railing against the system -- but as much of a jackass as he might have been, Kanye was right: this is the most awesome video ever. She was robbed, and I blame The Man).
I'm just trying to imagine Medvedev meeting this crew.
Commenters are encouraged to suggest additional names in the comments.