Taking Attendance for #Selma50

If all you did was scan headlines or look at memes, you could be excused for thinking that Republicans were completely absent this weekend from Selma.

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You’d also be wrong.CNN originally reported…

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, House Speaker John Boehner, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and House Majority Whip Steve Scalise will not be on hand for the celebration, according to spokesmen for McConnell and Boehner. 

They also reported….

It’s worth noting that not all top Democrats are planning to be in Selma either.House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is going, according to her spokesman, and Minority Whip Steny Hoyer and Caucus Chair Xavier Becerra will also be there, said Rep. John Lewis, the Georgia Democrat who was a leader of the Bloody Sunday march and is heading up the congressional delegation. South Carolina Rep. Jim Clyburn, the No. 3 House Democrat, is also going.

But Sen Minority Leader Harry Reid is not going as he recovers from eye surgery, his office said. The second and third ranking Senate Democrats — Dick Durbin of Illinois and Chuck Schumer of New York — also won’t attend, according to their spokesmen.

On Wednesday, Lewis told CNN 96 members were expected on the chartered flight to Selma and some 15 to 20 more were planning to meet up in Birmingham and Selma, calling it “the largest group ever.”

At least two dozen Republicans were expected to be part of that group, according to a congressional staffer.

You can judge for yourself what all of this means.

The question of who attended and who skipped Selma struck me as a very good example of why it’s so important to get past headlines and to essentially ignore memes altogether as primary sources of information.

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